Lately - we have been discussing the role that eReaders might play in classrooms. After a recently technology committee meeting, I have been searching for more information on how folks are using them in classrooms and what benefit there is. (We will put aside the other debate of which eReader for the moment.)
- Princeton ran an eReader pilot this fall. Their criteria for which courses they selected as well as the device they have chosen are interesting. I've tagged this in my reader to find out the results of the pilot. (It is important to note though that several university pilots have been de-railed the settlement of a discrimination lawsuit against Arizona State University.)
- You can learn more about what middle level students think about using the Kindle in the classroom here.
- See how third graders are excited about reading in this article.
But there are many other issues I hear teachers and school districts raising; What happens when one is lost/damaged? How do we pay for the books? etc. And - with many of the ebooks available via laptops - what is difference between equipping students with a laptop versus an eReader?
I am not sure what to think - but am interested in what you are thinking!! Leave a though or two!
More on eReaders:
If you are thinking about using e-books, this site will tell you how to get free ones for your classroom. And if you are thinking about purchasing a Kindle and you like audio-books, check out this deal to get $100 off!!
One thing I do know is that I will not be taking my Kindle into the tub or swimming pool anytime soon so this gadget won't appear on my wishlist!!