MyNotes - 'Kindle-ization' Replacing Books with eReaders

In this blog entry, I explore eReaders in School and share an adapted comparison chart. While Kindles wouldn't have been my first pick, there's no doubt that eReaders in schools ARE an adaptation that need to be made. Change in schools, though, creeps along. It's not that the money isn't available, but that we spend the money on the wrong things. Why?

In the meantime, kudos to people who live up to their word.



'Kindle-ization': Clearwater High Replaces Books with E-Readers | TheLedger.com
By DOMINICK TAO
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES

Published: Friday, September 17, 2010 at 11:49 p.m.

CLEARWATER

The Amazon Kindle is untested as a textbook replacement in public high schools. Then again, so were books before Gutenberg invented his press.

But as the 2,000-plus students at Clearwater High School received their very own, personalized Kindle e-readers Thursday, the embrace was rapid.

For many, the device represented a good-riddance moment: the brick-like weight of a backpack full of textbooks and prohibition from writing in books. For others, it was simply, unabashedly, exciting. Being part of an international first was cool.

'This is great,' said Desmond King, 17, a junior and linebacker for the Clearwater High Tornadoes.

After receiving his Kindle loaded with books personally tailored to his class schedule, King eagerly showed off the device.

'It's fun to have electronics to learn,' he said. 'I think it makes us want to study more without realizing it.'

As the devices were handed out to one class at a time in the auditorium, 'Kindle' was the word among students milling in the hallways.

'Did you get your Kindle yet?'

'I'm about to go mess around with my Kindle!'

'I'm going to get my Kindle right now!'

Whether the devices will boost reading and studying habits, or make textbook purchases more cost-effective, will be seen as the 'Kindle-ization' of Clearwater High moves forward.

For junior Kierstin Berrian, 17, the benefits have already begun.

'It will be a weight off my back literally,' Berrian said. Some students are assigned as many as six textbooks, she said, dozens of pounds to lug to school.

One bad reading habit - skipping over big words - can no longer be justified by excuses like, 'I didn't have a dictionary.'

The device has a built-in dictionary, which displays definitions for highlighted words. 'It helps with reading comprehension,' said senior Bennie Niles, 17.

The Amazon Kindle is untested as a textbook replacement in public high schools. Then again, so were books before Gutenberg invented his press.

But as the 2,000-plus students at Clearwater High School received their very own, personalized Kindle e-readers Thursday, the embrace was rapid.
the brick-like weight of a backpack full of textbooks and prohibition from writing in books

For junior Kierstin Berrian, 17, the benefits have already begun.

'It will be a weight off my back literally,' Berrian said. Some students are assigned as many as six textbooks, she said, dozens of pounds to lug to school.

One bad reading habit - skipping over big words - can no longer be justified by excuses like, 'I didn't have a dictionary.'

The device has a built-in dictionary, which displays definitions for highlighted words. 'It helps with reading comprehension,' said senior Bennie Niles, 17.
Another feature is the text-to-speech capabilityPrincipal Keith Mastorides

said he pushed to make the project a reality - to give students a more level playing field and prepare them for a more networked world.

'He's a man of his word

Beyond the inquiries from schools around the country, and world, about the Kindle's viability in the classroom, there are some slight financial benefits.

John Just, Pinellas County's assistant superintendent for management information systems, said that because of savings on books, the school's English department's wish list was completely fulfilled.

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