We have 8 Kindles, soon to be 12. Right now we are working on resolving a problem with book keeping on how to order more books- they don't want to use a county credit card that stays "open", but they are not sure about the "legalities" of gift cards.
In the Ottawa Catholic School Board we have converted 40 of our 81 school libraries to learning commons. Each has mobile devices available for student use and the best use are the iPads. We have Kindles and Nooks projects in several of our schools but these have had limited success.
Hello, I have purchased some e-books, but not on a large scale. I am in the process of writing a grant to ask for e-readers. I look forward to following the dialog in this group. Thanks for the welcome!
Thanks for the welcome. We currently allow students to bring in their eReaders, and we have implemented Overdrive at our school. However, our focus is on gathering textbooks and required reading books into an e-library, and so far we have not gotten very far. They just aren't available.
Hi, Will! Thank you for the welcome :)! And thank you for adding me to this Network! I'm very happy that Google brought me here :). Several Kindles and iPads have been recently donated to our library so now the librarians are on the hunt for ideas how to use them...
I am researching the use of e-readers for my school district. The elementary schools are currently using a combination of devices; iPads, Kindle Fires, and Dell Notebooks. As I am the district's Media Specialist, I have been charged with determining how we are going to proceed with the purchase and use of e-readers and e-books.I also need to gather examples of acceptable use rules for using personal e-readers at school.
HI Will, it is nice to meet you. I am concentrating my entire dissertation study on e-readers, yes. My study is going to examine the effectiveness of e-readers with students diagnosed with autism in grades 3-6. That particular area is an under researched area, if you are not familiar. I plan on examining reading abilities in two like groups, one that utilizes the e-readers and one that does not. If you have any advice for me, I am open. I already have an approved prospectus and am now looking for teachers and classrooms where I can get in touch with teachers that actually use e-readers. What do you think of the idea?
Thanks for the welcome. I currently have 5 Kindles in my middle school library that students can check out. I have a variety of series on each one so students pick the Kindle that interests them the most. Just started this in October and the Kindles are very popular. I haven't had any problems to make me wish I hadn't started this.
Thanks for the welcome and I'm so glad to be reconnecting! I use the iPads mainly with students and we use them for all kinds of learning including the creation of digital stories. I'm looking for any assistance in creating some three dimensional views of objects to help a group of students create a virtual museum with objects and the like. Parts of the project will involve the creation of some ePubs in order for the audiences to have informational catalogs to read through (and comment on hopefully). Any chance you've come across a similar project?
I have written several blogs this year about ebooks and education. How can i share them with the group? They are related to etextbooks, children’s ebook involvement and the use of Kindle Public Notes in Education. The eBook Author’s Corner: http://hbspublications.blogspot.com/
Will - We haven't done a general roll-out yet, as we're still mulling a couple of user issues. Our plan was that we'd allow users to download one title when they checked out a Nook. So, we were leaving wireless on. We've now discovered, though, that bookmarking at a given page in a title by one user will show on all devices with wireless enabled. So, two users trying to read the same book would be in conflict keeping their place. We're not yet sure if we can lock that 'off'. We got the newer 'Simple Touch' Nooks. If you're using Kindles or Nooks, do you allow downloads? Our Plan B was to simply take requests for additional titles.
Thanks for adding me to the group. It looks to be a tremendous resource. We do have 3 different IPad pilots in place. 20 elementary teachers using them in the classroom to address literacy. One per classroom. We have another set of 10 for student use on a cart at our STEM middle school for project based learning initiatives. And we have about 50 used in a variety of ways in our special education dept. Wonderful tool, hard to manage.
Thank you. I am very interested in implementing the use of ebooks as part of our library media center program at the high school level. I would enjoy meeting colleagues who are doing this or who are in the planning stages as I would like to have the information I need to make a good decision. I have been researching the possibilities this summer looking for a solution.
Will - thanks for the welcome. I've joined the High School Group and I'll probably join the college one. As I put in a post to that group today, I'm looking to see what's happening in the Digital Materials side in High School and College and if my Ebooks on writing might be a fit for people.
I look forward to seeing how these scenarios open up.
Hi, Will. I did work at OCPS. I also did some work for a small company you may have heard of - RB. I'm now working in the district office in Japan for DoDEA (dept. of def. schools). I've got funding to get four class sets of ereaders, although still waiting for permission. I'm looking into which ereaders would be best and thought this site might be helpful. Glad to see it's going so well!
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.