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At 11:13am on January 15, 2017, Christine Calabrese said…

Hi Will, 

        I'm so glad I'm finally here in this group! My e-book is being updated and a new version is set to come out in March. It will come out in soft cover and e-book and is geared toward early childhood. I created the book because I couldn't find any picture books to introduce the pencil grip to little ones. I use it in my preschool classroom and other teachers are using it as well. I hope to reach a very broad audience, parents, teachers, librarians, etc with the new version. After this book is done, I have another ready for the illustrator for scissors. The books are rhyming picture books with funny pictures and happy endings. The preschoolers love them and they help with these important skills. :-) 

At 3:33pm on June 4, 2016, Jane McNabb said…
Thanks for the welcome, Will. I just posted a question for the group about Kindles for ESL students. I hope to get some help with choosing.
At 11:26am on March 8, 2016, Mark Isero said…

Thank you very much, Will!

At 10:57am on March 8, 2016, Mark Isero said…

Hi Will, thank you for adding me. Since 2011, I've collected used Kindles and given them to high school students in the Bay Area. It has been a fun hobby to promote reading.

At 11:19am on June 9, 2015, Farah Mahesri said…

Hi Will - thanks for adding me. I work as a product and innovation manager at Worldreader (www.worldreader.org). Worldreader is working to build a digital library comprised of books from the developing world in various mother tongue languages by working with over 200 publishers from around the world to get high quality content, and then delivering those digital books via e-readers (to schools and libraries) and via phones (to individual readers) to help build and promote a stronger culture of reading, as well as to promote literacy in countries with historically low literacy rates. We currently work with schools across 13 countries who are using e-readers in their classrooms, as well as libraries that are using e-readers to expand their collections.

My role is to help continuously improve the product offerings that we have. We currently have programs that use all different versions of the Kindles (keyboard, touch screen, Paperwhite, etc), as well as using the Kindle App. We are constantly looking to improve our guidance to partnering schools and looking for new devices that we can use to get our books into the hands of more children around the world. We also have our reading app that connects to our library (you can access for free at read.worldreader.org).

Excited to be part of this dynamic group and learning from you all!

At 7:25pm on July 17, 2014, Rebecca Mundy said…

Thanks for the welcome! I am moving from teaching 3rd grade to elementary library this year and my principal just notified me that we have 13 new Kindles and is looking for my ideas on how to use them.  So, I am here looking for suggestions!

At 9:57am on June 10, 2014, Meredith Towne said…

Hey Will!  Thank you for adding me!  I am excited to have found this group.  I am spearheading the work to transition to digital texts at my school- hoping to pilot with AP Comp next year and possibly 11th grade ELA (American Lit).  We have set's of ipads that I know I can put the kindle app on with the whispersync for sharing books.  I am curious how other teachers go about distributing class sets of books: how many copies they buy ( know you can share one copy 6 times), if anyone has used the app route with ipads?  Tips/reflection/insight?  Glad to be here!  

At 9:47am on March 6, 2014, Susan Grossman said…
Our library received 5 Kindle Paperwhites to circulate to our students. After some initial problems getting them registered, I am now wondering if the students can use the Kindles to borrow books from our Overdrive account or do I have to load books onto them? Can you provide any guidance? Thanks in advance.
At 7:45am on February 26, 2014, Alicia Holdsworth said…

Hi Will! Yes, I recently acquired 8 Kindle Paperwhites to use in my bilingual 4th grade classroom. My dream is to use them to present my students with a well-organized, leveled digital library in English and Spanish so that they can more effectively and enjoyably utilize choice reading time. I've started using Amazon's Whispercast management system, but I'm somewhat disappointed with its limited functionality (it can be used to deliver content to multiple devices, but not to organize that content into collections across all devices). 

At 10:30pm on February 20, 2014, Joanna Whitehouse said…

Yes, we have recently purchased 6 Kindles, but want some advice on policies to put in place before I start lending them out to students!

At 10:48am on January 14, 2014, Charlotte E Brown said…

Hi Will, about your e-book question,

Yes, we use Nooks (6 devices for one account) and have bought titles through Follett that are accessible through our catalog.

At 2:26pm on January 9, 2014, Kyle Dunbar said…

Thanks Will. This site is a great resource. Looking forward to learning and sharing!

At 5:01pm on December 16, 2013, LHolmgren said…

We are in the first year of a BYOD with ninth graders; they will be required to read one text for English via the Kindle App and have a choice about another one. We have 12% of the class with iPads and the rest with laptops. We also have an 8th grade science pilot going with a class set of iPads.

At 1:14pm on October 9, 2013, Sarah Jones said…

Not yet- just starting to test the waters!

At 11:21am on August 23, 2013, Marnie Bumpus said…

The PTA is going to buy Kindles, so ereaders not tablets. I don't have them yet. I'm excited about it, but also nervous because there are lots of decisions to make concerning them. I'm glad I found a site like this to get others opinions.

At 9:54am on July 18, 2013, Brenda said…
I am so glad I found this group. Our school received 30 Kindle Fires, but we are unsure how to set up accounts. Now I'm reading it might not. E good to use whispercast. Thoughts? Thanks.
Brenda
At 2:46am on July 8, 2013, Jean Conradie said…

Hi Will

We are still at the thinking stage. Not sure how we are going to provide e-books for the kids but looking at various options.

We currently have 50 i-pads in our school. They are used in class and the language teachers can use it for reading. We also have about 100 e-books on education available to teachers o their i-pads or laptops.

At 12:39pm on May 3, 2013, Deah Hester said…

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. 

At 8:07am on May 2, 2013, Tom D'Amico said…

Hi Will: 

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.

Tom D'Amico

At 4:47pm on April 24, 2013, Joan Holt said…

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!

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