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Reading is great. Regardless whether it is a kindle or a print, as long as it is not reading tweets and facebook posts:). If a book is interesting and engaging, people will read it with great pleasure both on paper and on Kindle. If it is not, then, alas, a gadget won't help. I don't believe that people will start reading just because they have a choice of reading something on a Kindle, or a tablet, or any other gadget, or a book. They either read, or they don't. For kids it is also the matter of personal pride to take a 400 page book out their backpack and start reading it.
I have purchased a Kindle for my 4th grader, since I was unable to keep up with purchasing print books for him. I had to convince the classroom teacher that this was the future in reading for young students and that it included tools like a dictionary to quickly look up unfamiliar words. My son also highlights important passages, which he can access quickly. The main issue for the classroom teacher was internet accessibility and possible gaming functions. My son's Kindle does not have any games and the internet requires a password and it can only access the Kindle store. However, I can understand how a more advanced version of the Kindle like the Fire can cause an issue within a learning environment (distraction for students, who would rather play games than read). Additionally, my son's Kindle was stolen by another student, but recovered by the teacher through book-bag search. Now, he has a lock on his book-bag to keep it safe. I can definitely see school issued Kindles becoming the future in reading. Of course the logistics of giving students school issued electronics have to be studied further. Personally, I love my own Kindle and my son enjoys his Kindle everyday. Cost and ease of use plus the light weight of the Kindle make it students friendly.
I never had tried these. But I think I'm gonna try this out after going through the web page for which you have shared link of. Can you tell me some more insight about it Holly? I would love to learn more about this before i opt for it. Thanks for sharing.
Great question. How about the potential of audiobooks in the classroom? There are some services out there that are converting classical textbooks and textbooks to audio. My personal favorite right now is librivox because it has a wealth of free public domain audiobooks. A lot of them are posted on YouTube so you can use services like eduCanon to embed questions within them and check student understanding as they listen to the book. Here is a lesson I found on Julius Caesar. Librivox Julius Caesar with eduCanon
That is certainly a remarkable thing to try out. Our school principal had been looking into the possibility of getting iPads as a classroom learning tool for high school, so why not Kindles? It is a wonderful device to encourage reading among students -- it is a mobile library literally at the tip of their fingers. I have read to my ESL students illustrated children's book using my Kindle and they are fascinated at the thought that you can read so many different books on an 'iPad-looking' tablet, as Kindles are not quite well-known here in Cambodia.
As the elementary literacy coordinator for a fairly large schools district, I have seen our schools use Kindles and now all sort of devices to provide reading material for students. Of course we still have books and our libraries are well stocked, but the Kindle an other devices provide students with intrinsic incentives to read and the media specialists do a very good job of managing the devices. Providing students with devices gives them opportunities to do all sorts of things digitally at an early age that they might not have an opportunity to do. But Kindles and other devices do not do a picture book justice and there are times when nothing feels as right as being able to turn a page.
Personally I received Kindle about 5 years ago and since then have acquired an iPad and an iPad mini. I never thought I would give up books for a device, but have since changed my mind. It is nice to be able to carry hundreds of book in my purse. While I can't write in the margins and fold down pages, I can highlight, bookmark, and make notes with ease. And I can change font size and color to make it easier to read. This may be some of the things that makes devices appealing to students
However, It is READING that matters. If students can read and want to read, just give them a choice that fits their personality and needs.
Holly, great question! Our school has Kindles in 3rd-5th grade. I think they are a wonderful tool for reading fiction novels. Students are engaged, can quickly download the next book in a series, don't lose their spot easily, and have the ability to take many books with them in one small device. I don't think the highlighting and note taking feature allow for an easy ability to interact with the text though, especially when reading non-fiction. I am eager to hear other experiences though.
Great Post! Kindles are great devices. Kindle is really good for reading E-books. Kindles and E-book readers in general cater to the needs of a niche market, it's meant for the voracious reader. Kindle is best for plain text reading like novels, fictions, biographies etc. Kindle is meant for book reading only, now it depends on what kind of books you want to read if your choice of books is very heavy on pictures, diagrams, charts & tables etc .
1. It is light and small, so I can bring it everywhere.
2. It can store hundreds of books, so I can read more just by bringing that little thing.
3. It is super pleasant for your eyes, specially if you work at the computer the entire day, like most of us do.
4. It doesn't have a blue light like all other electronic devices, so it is perfect for reading before going to bed.
5. It has the highlighter, so you can have all notes from your reading handy and organized to use them however you want.
6. It has dictionary included, so if you don't know some word you can find its meaning in no time and without using any additional resource.
7. E-books are cheaper than regular books.
8. Collections. They help bundle similar books together for easier access.
Surely I will definitely read this.