Hi Will, thanks so much! I am working on designing a pilot project for English language teaching using Kindles for the Central African Republic - a project just in its infancy. I am so happy to have found out about this group and look forward to learning from everyone! Thanks again, Sarah
Thank you for the personalized welcome, Will. We use our TabletPCs currently, but are in the process of evaluating which handheld reading device to select. Your site appears to be a great resource. I look forward to learning from you and others.
Thank you for the warm welcome. I am interested in exploring the use of e-readers overseas for outreach and information literacy instruction. I just found out about this group from my colleague Karen Hartman. I do read books on my iPhone via the Kindle and iBooks apps. Looking forward to exploring this site.
I have been trying to get Kindles since they first came out! I tried unsuccessfully for a grant, so will keep on that path. I am in an urban middle school with a socioeconomically-disadvantaged population, many of whom can barely read. I have students with lexiles in the 100-200 range. Our school is one of the low-scoring schools that are under "observation." I am most interested in creating a group of African-American male students who are low readers. I have read READING FOR THEIR LIFE by Allen (?) Tatum and keep up with various blogs, etc. I know the Kindle would help facilitate my ideas; but we are in a 'frozen budget' state. I do have my own Kindle which I love. Looking forward to getting more teaching ideas from this group for when I DO get some Kindles!
I'm working with another teacher to prepare a grant proposal for eReaders in the classroom. Any advice is welcomed! We're especially concerned about any copyright issues we may run into once/if the grant is funded.
Yes, I am investigating the use and possible policies for eReaders in school libraries. I believe we are late in providing the opportunity for the students to access and read ebooks via tablets (that are lighter and easier to hold).
We have a few ebooks for teachers on Destiny but any for students.
Due to the fact we are an International American School in Brazil, and have students from many different countries, English is the teaching language. However, I have also been investigating eReaders for e-books in Portuguese (Brazil´s language).
Thank you for the personal welcome. I am looking forward to being a part of this discussion group.
I am getting ready to move ahead with ereaders in our middle schools and high school libraries. I am hoping this group can give me guidance as I start up the program. I am especially looking for samples of acceptable use policies and checkout forms. I also am looking for suggestions as to the best ereader in terms of warranties, multiple copy permission to load on several readers, best way to purchase the eBooks, etc. We have a HUGE collection of reference eBooks through Gale that is available online from any computer, but I am hoping to move forward with popular fiction and non-fiction through ereaders.
What type of ereader are you using in your district/school? Where are you purchasing the content, and are you able to distribute it to multiple ereaders with copyright permission?
I am the coordinator of library services for Napa USD and Napa School Library Consortium. We are moving to eBooks and digital textbooks in our two open access high schools. We're a little different in that we have no plans to purchase eReaders, but rather provide access to various student devices. We are implementing Follett's Shelf for fiction and class novels and plan to use CK-12 Foundation’s Flexbook site for digital downloads of Algebra II and Honors Biology textbooks
Thanks for the email. The group should be a big help to us. We are a small private school that is creating a middle school to match the school district reconfiguration. We are investigating the use of e-readers. iPads, iPods, etc. We want to be a step ahead of the public schools to draw students to us. We continue with our 6th grade next year but as middle school students. I am under a bit of a time constraint so I'm looking for all the help I can get!
Hi Will. At this point I am investigating ereaders. I would love to use them in my libraries, but our district has not yet approved them for school purchase. I am trying to get a pilot program started so I decided that information from those already using ereaders would be a great place to start. I work half-time at a middle school library (6-8) and half-time at a high school library (9-12).
We have purchased both the Kindle and the Nook for our middle schools to trial. We are not sure how to set up the accounts for the Kindle. I know that you can put a book on six of these devices. Any suggestions?
I am a librarian with the State Dept. (foreign service). We are getting lots of questions from our U.S. Embassy libraries about buying Kindles (or other ereaders, or tablets) and loaning them out. The reason I wanted to join this group is because I want to know if libraries are allowed to do this legally. If not, which type of device would be legal to lend out? Have other libraries obtained special users' agreements with vendors such as Amazon and Apple for this purpose? Thanks for creating this ning for a very important and fast moving topic.
Hi, thank you! We have purchased 18 Kindles for our library, but have not checked any out yet. We're hoping to get some ideas of how to proceed...users' agreement, cataloging, etc. I'm looking forward to hearing how other educators have used them in schools.
Click the QR code on your smartphone to grab Sonnet 65 by the Bard himself! An experiment with how to distribute learning resources to students' mobile devices.
Download the QR code, print it, and post it somewhere for students to access. Or post it on your blog or other school website. Get the i-nigma code reader in the App Store or the Android market. It is the reader we prefer. Courtesy of The Learning Mag.