I have just now purchased a Kindle for personal use - and am expecting it to arrive at the end of the week. Once I am comfortable with it, then I can start thinking about ereaders for my library program!
Thanks for the welcome Will. Yea! I am just beginning the process of looking around. I'm in a high school media center and really think they kids will love it. I'm also starting to see that they might be very cost effective.
HI! I purchased a Kindle to use in the media center only with 7th and 8th graders. So far I have been furiously downloading some free stuff while I wait to hear from my 7th and 8th graders as to what they would like to see on the Kindle. The ipads right now are in our Special Ed primary classroom. I have my own and have been playing around with it first but will buy one after the first of the year for the media center again to be used there only. It will be interesting to see what unfolds.
We haven't used the nooks yet. We know that 10 are coming our way...and the management aspect is a bit overwhelming. I'm joining this ning to see what others have done/are doing so we can formulate our game plan. Thanks for asking.
Hi Will! I am pursuing a CAS in Digital Libraries, so we've talked some about people creating personal digital libraries. There is a lot more buzz about eReader use for textbooks now too. I signed up for the webinar about file formats that is coming up. That's what prompted my request to join the group.
Yes, our district is going to pilot a program with E-readers for use in 6th grade classrooms. Do you have a suggestion as to which E-reader we should purchase? Or good sites or places to buy young adult literature for the readers?
Hi Will ... I think that ereaders will have a huge impact on my students. I know that not all special education teachers feel that they are appropriate for students with disabilities, however I do as long as common sense is used. The use of technology intrinsically motivates students today! Anyway ... thanks for the nice welcome and I hope to learn a great deal about how I could use ereaders in my classroom.
I am looking at the Kobo, Nook and Kindle. I had two Kindles at my last high school library. I liked them, but didn't like that I had to buy everything from Amazon. I had students who were getting free stuff, but they were more computer savvy than I am. The public library has a lot of free downloadable ebooks for ereaders capable of handling them, which eliminates the Kindle. It probably means I need to get a mix of the two to get the best of both worlds. Supposedly if I buy from Borders they issue a warranty that replaces the reader if it's damaged. I keep worrying about that. It's ridiculously expensive, never mind.
I am exploring what to do for our elementary school library. About a month ago, I had a teacher really in need of motivating a 5th grade student to read required material, as in the novels they are reading. He is new to our school and basically hasn't read anything he's supposed to. He is really into tech kind of things, though, so we are thinking an ereader would help motivate him. The idea at our school at this point is to try to get 5 or so ereaders for lit groups in classrooms. I have no idea where to begin though! I did go look at the Nook & Nook Color yesterday in person and talk to a BN rep. So many things to think of from the library perspective though. I'd love to hear from anyone who can offer some advice on getting started!
No. My school is only in its 3rd year and we are still getting our stuff together. One thing I need to research is grant possibilities for getting Kindles. I would love to hear how other schools are implementing Kindles -- especially in elementary schools.
My partner and I just purchased 2 of the NookColor units yesterday. Our goal is to test them and figure out how to best use them in our library. We are in the beginning stages and the amount of information to consider when looking into piloting an eReader program is overwhelming! This ning should prove to be a valuable resource!
I have partnered with one of my 9th grade English Teachers. We use the Nooks for literature circles. I am leary about using them as a circulation item in the library because of the cost and potential for damage. I would like to know how others use it.
Not really. My system has agreed to buy a fset as a test. We will be cautious. We are going to move to an e-reader eventually, but we will be very particular.
It is astounding that the Kindle/Nook/etc people are not banging at the door of the public schools. This is a market ready to FLING wide open and these major companies seem to be asleep at the wheel.
My system is working a little too hard to test the Kindle. Kindle or Nook
or whomever needs to recognize the vast potential of the pot of money that exists in public schools and come courting! Unbelievable!
As an English Department Chair in the only high school in my county, I am never going to agree to "adopt" textbooks again. But I am also going to choose tools carefully. So far--no one in particular has impressed me.
I want an e-reader company to come courting because there are huge dollars in the process.
This discussion board is so very valuable. Thank you very much for this resource.
Yes, I am in a tizzy..as I just finished getting donated a Sony Nook and 2 Ipod's for our school library. However, I am adamant in trying to get 10-20 kindles for classroom teachers to use for Guided Reading (through Fountas & Pinnell) but am sitting here staring at my blank paper with this idea in my head but not knowing where to start to write the grant. Grant proposals always take me back to thesis time--sure I have a great idea in my head but how do I make it flow so that someone "gets it". I am a school librarian and would like to target grades 3-5 in which the majority scored BELOW proficient (inner city district) on the state standardized test. So what a great way to ENGAGE readers through a kindle that is loaded with the appropriate books that are "previously" leveled. Purchasing is a bit of a nightmare too--everything must go through a budget request process, so am thinking (as I stalk Buffy's page) that the amazon gift cards are purchased in advance with grant monies then I can load the kindles immediately.
So many pro's to engage all learners..but a two page proposal is due in three days, and I am stuck trying to get my thoughts across.
Help is needed...asap..
We are just starting out on the ebook adventure. I have a few in our system and am beginning to introduce them to teachers. I think that they will become an important part of library service. We don't have ereaders yet.
Will, We are in the exploring stage. I have seen several students with Kindles and iPads but we have not purchased any for the library yet. We have some e-books, but younger students don't seem to be interested in the after the novelty of first seeing them. I'm interested in reading about other people's experiences as I try to figure out what is the best way for us to go.
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.