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At 12:09pm on December 9, 2010, Laura Losch said…
Hi! I'm investigating Kindles or Nooks for a K-12 public school. I hope to get lots of good information from here!
At 11:52am on December 9, 2010, Cathy Jo Nelson said…
We are still very much in the research phase!!
At 11:47am on December 9, 2010, Diane Fight said…
Our district libraries are starting to explore our options for Ereaders because we are submitting a grant in the spring to enable us to make purchases.
At 11:25am on December 8, 2010, Debbie Gargano said…
I like it, but it can get hard on the eyes after a while. My students are not reading on their devices at this point, nor do I have any for them here in the library. Still investigating options .
At 6:01pm on December 7, 2010, Anne Weaver said…
Will,
If you look at my blog under publications, there are articles about how we are using Netbooks for ereading http://readingpower.wordpress.com/
We are trialling Amazon Kindle for PC and I notice there is now Kindle for the Web. However, I am keen tokeep track of choices and other options.
Anne
At 3:40pm on December 7, 2010, Stefani Williams said…
Sorry, I haven't been able to use it. It's a present under my tree, I plan on getting to know it during our Winter Break. I will post my impressions as soon as I have some! Looking forward to others opinions as well.
At 2:45pm on December 7, 2010, Patty Lebrenz said…
I was one of the folks who got stuck on the 190 North for 19 hours back in 2000's big storm, so I wisely listened to my husband and took a personal day for snow on Thursday, 12/2. I heard of one poor soul who was stuck for 18 hours in the same spot on the thruway as he had been for 14 hours back in 2000! Better days are ahead. I'm glad Maryland is currently free of any crazy weather!
At 2:23pm on December 7, 2010, Patty Lebrenz said…
So maybe you are not missing the snow side of Buffalo too much from where you now are?And, you are correct--the lake effect machine is still kicking it up with no signs of stopping as the temps will go back up to the mid-30s by Friday :) Our service center has closed only twice in the over 14 years that I've worked here, and Friday was one of those 2 days. I still love it, though!
At 1:31pm on December 7, 2010, Patty Lebrenz said…
Thank you for your welcome, Will. I'm a school librarian who works at BOCES providing library automation training and support to school librarians who are just starting to discuss options for cataloging, circulating, setting up policies, etc. for eReaders, and I am currently researching, exploring, and gathering as much information as I can for good approaches to managing eReaders via automation systems. I would also love to see other cooperative services here at BOCES offer aid for districts' purchases of eReaders to help offset the budget shortfalls districts are experiencing. Some offer grants and aid for iPods, iPod Touches, iPads, etc. but not for Kindles, Nooks, or other eReaders.
At 1:04pm on December 7, 2010, Beth Marshall said…
We are just starting the discussions... at the same time we are planning for newly announced budget shortfalls! I still want to be as informed as possible and because I've never owned nor used an ereader I think this forum will be very helpful!
At 11:26am on December 7, 2010, Kim M. Smith said…
No, not yet. We have a Kindle available for check-out at the library, but we are unsure of what to load on it. Do you know of anyone using the Kindle in an academic library, and what they have loaded?
At 10:44pm on December 6, 2010, Donna Yliniemi said…
My school doesn't have any Kindles or Nooks, but I am interested how they would work in a small school like mine. I want students to have the opportunity to try new technology in a safe environment and at the same time protect my investment.
At 7:41pm on December 6, 2010, Kris Morahan said…
I think right now it's the "cool" factor that they like so much! They have said they enjoy using it and like that there's more than one book on it. They feel like they have more choices of what to read. So far, the Kindles have only been checked out to my junior high students. They can't wait to check them out. I haven't been able to get any into the hands of my high school students because the 7th & 8th graders want them so much.
At 4:00pm on December 6, 2010, Elisabeth LeBris said…
Hi Will, I have my own ipad and use it constantly here at work and beyond. So far we have a 20 itouch set with some ebooks on them but mostly aimed at K-2. We are a K-8 so we are anxious to do more with ereaders with our older students. We are investigating the possibilities of some ipads for the student services dept. to use with IEP students. I would like to go with ipads generally because of the multitude of other uses but we are looking at all the possibilities (nook, kindle, edownload etc.)
At 3:12pm on December 6, 2010, Jill Maza said…
Thanks for your note, Will. I just took over this position in August. I inherited two kindles that were purchased, but never really set up (nor was a system for using them). So I'm looking to do just that. I'm definitely interested in exploring the Nook and the possibilities its more flexible downloading might allow, but also into exploring the iPad. We're a 1:1 school; all students have macbooks, but many teachers have iPads.
At 2:42pm on December 6, 2010, Desi Beard said…
Hi! We are piloting a program to use a class set of 25 Nooks for K-5 and 2 class sets of Kindles for 6-12...We are getting together to write some policy for the use of these this week and I stumbled upon your Ning in my online search.
At 1:26pm on December 6, 2010, Debbie Lambrix said…
Yes, we are looking at approximately 24 to start for this year to use for 5th grade reading groups.
At 12:30pm on December 6, 2010, Chris Turner said…
Hey Will,
I'm examining eReaders for all of our K-12 libraries, and thought this group might be of assistance.

Thanks,
Chris
At 12:18pm on December 6, 2010, Barbara Brown said…
Some day I hope to, but for now I am just gathering knowledge.
At 12:05pm on December 6, 2010, Lorie Mitchell said…
Neither YET. I am researching all of the above as our spending dollars get smaller and smaller.

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