Hi! I actually got 10 Kindles to learn how to use and pilot program in 10th grade lit (World Lit) for low level and ELL readers. Any suggestions? I am actually writing the pilot program and need data from other schools and actual daily routines. Any suggestions?
This is our first try at Kindles. We are a low income school and I am really excited to try them out in January. Now, I have to write the program :)
Hi Will, I am , indeed, interested in trying to get at least one ereader at our library. We are a very small school in rural Maine. I have students that range in age k - 8th grade. I am originally from a wealthy suburb of Boston and it really strikes me how different the educational experiences of communities can be according to the resources of the communities.This ereader could suddenly allow us to have an enormous collection for a minimum investment. I used to be a Luddite. No longer. . I need, however to really educate myself so I can make my pitch. We have this great MLTI program here in Maine that provides laptops to our teachers and the middle school students.There is still a lot of discomfort regarding technology. We still are not automated here in the library - but it should be coming soon...
I need to build a persuasive argument so that I can have the purchase of one ereader. And I need to decide which one to choose. I was leaning towards the Nook because of the whole ability to lend & borrow. We are a library after all .My Tech teacher here at school tells me that Kindle would be a better bet because he does not think the Nook will last through the ebook battle. I have been reading about both.They both seem to have good reviews. Should I worry about the longevity of a brand?
Hi Will. Thanks for the welcome. I'm actually getting a Nook for Christmas. so when I get back to school after the summer holidays I hope to be proficient enough to use it, mainly looking at applications for the Library but maybe also for the english classroom.
Hi Will and thank you for the welcome. I am a new Kindle user but it didn't take me long to feel that every student should have one. I absolutely love mine and I am currently discussing the possibilities with my fellow teachers.
I am Helen. I teach Year 8-12 and am also the TL. Although the school will say I am 'caretaker' in the old library until the new library is built.
My apologies for missing the session. However I had a friend called un expectantly early yesterday as she is up from Melbourne for 2 days for continuing tests re cancer. That matters! We only had a small window of opportunity to see each other.
I have only just bought the Kobe before school broke for recess and I am in the process of exploring it. I may buy a Sony and explore that too.
How I hope to use them once I select a 'type' is to offer them on a one week turnaround.
They will be great for those who would like to enlargen the print in privacy to read more easily.
Since we have to service are about 1000 students, I am hoping to buy 10 to begin with then monitor usage. I originally chose the Kobe because it came with 100 free books!
I am sure the price each unit will decrease in due course. I am hoping to fit them into a 'rack' to store them.
One concern is the care taken by the students. We have experienced about 42% screen breakage of lap top screens since the roll-out!
Yes, I have spoken with someone recently who has started using Kindles at her school, and her students love it. I teach special education in a middle school, so most of my students are very reluctant readers. I'm willing to try almost anything to get them reading. I'm trying to convince my administration to give me some money to purchase some to get me started.
Thank you. I have recently purchased 3 Kindles for my elementary school library, and am trying to figure out how best to use them. So far, four teachers, including myself, have tried them out. If (when) I check them out to students, I am trying to figure out who will benefit most -- reluctant readers, special ed. students, etc. Any insight will be most appreciated!
Thank you! I am considering using Kindles at school, and think they'll work well. I'd love to find a funding source, but will start small with school funds if there's no other way.The webinar on Nov. 9 was wonderful; I learned so much and now have more resources to explore.
I have to admit that I am a very new user. I purchased an iPad only a month ago. I do like the versatility of the iPad, and plan to take it on some trips to see how things go. We are currently looking at Nooks for our library. Perhaps one day we will have the money to buy a few iPads......
I have a Kindle of my own and am on the verge of buying about three devices for my middle school library. I have grant money and committed my professional growth option (an alternative to the usual evaluation) to researching the best device and implementing a circulation plan. I would like to get the ereaders going in time for our Battle of the Books which begins in January and load the BOB titles as a pilot. My biggest concerns are obeying terms of service and being able to download books from Overdrive at the public library.
Does my interest count? ha! jk- I am working on a grant this week to add some Nooks to the library. It is a district grant, so I hope I have a good chance of success. I was referred to your Ning to get some other ideas. :)
There is no specific interest in eReaders at my school at this time. That said, I'm seeing many schools acquiring eReaders through grants and would like to be ready to jump if the hoop appears. We have staff with their personal eReaders but their seems to be many more issues for a school media center regarding policy, download, security, etc., as you would expect.
Hi! Our school just received a grant for Kindles for my AP English class. I have no experience with ereaders whatsoever and I'm looking for some advice as to which ereader is the best for classroom use and strategies for making a system work for me! I have lots of information finding to do.
I do most of my reading on the Kindle. The battery life is wonderful and the books are much cheaper than the iPad. I only charge the Kindle once every couple weeks or so, the iPad needs it almost every day.
We don't have Barnes and Noble stores here so I'm guessing that Nook is not available here in Australia. I suspect that we could order them in though, as we do from Amazon. Borders is here and they have the Kobo available and of course iPads are being sold here as well. I actually looked at an iPad before ordering my Kindle but since I needed a new phone (mine is an old 2003 vintage!!) I decided to get an iPhone and a Kindle for reading.
Hi Will. Our school library has just bought, and loaded, several Kindles with a view to using them with our senior literature students. Our summer holidays have just started over here so they will be trialled next year. Other possibilties we've tossed around are to use them with our learning support (special needs) students and also our ESL students. I've ordered my own Kindle and am anxiously waiting for it to come so that I can have a play too. Cheers, Karen
Yes... I am a Special Education teacher and I am looking into getting some e-readers for our special needs population. They will be part of our school Library to be checked out as needed.
I spoke with Kathy Parker at length this morning. She was very insightful.
I need to know something about the Kindle.
Can you download an Audio-Book with the Text so that students can listen and follow along with the text at the same time? I've heard of Audible, but I don't yet have a Kindle of my own (but I bought my wife one for Christmas) and I don't know if they do Audio AND text.
This is something my Special Needs students really need. I have had great success improving reading ability with my students who Listen to Audio-books as they follow along with the book in hand. However, this requires some juggling on the part of the student.
My school is ready to dive into e-books... but we want to get the most use out of them as possible. We have been ordering PlayAways, but you need both the PlayAway and the book which can get expensive. I like the idea of having just one device for both Text and Audio... that is if that is available on the Kindle.
Thank you SO much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
I am not using any yet but am about to take the plunge! I tried to buy a personal kindle last September when I was heading overseas but there was a 3 month waiting period?? I am thinking I will save up for an Ipad. In the library and I am going to start collectin ebooks on one of the pages on my library portal and see how much attention they get.
We have one "official" pilot at a high school that is using the NOOK. Individual schools have purchased Kindles and/or Nooks but the District has still not approved the use of eReaders because they are still in the process of determining the impact of the devices on the network. We have a multischool iPad project that will begin in January. IT has told us they will consider the eReaders after they have evaluated the iPad.
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.