Experiences of a literacy teacher with Kindles in class.
Shortly after that I applied for several literacy grants at work, not even sure what materials I could purchase if I was even approved for the funds. I began searching various sources for literacy teaching aids and found that everything I could make available to my students was bordering on insulting and childish. My mind went back to the Kindle e-reader I once had.
If I had a Kindle for every student in my class, each one filled with high-interest reading material that addresses topics that speak to young adults, I could use the read-aloud feature on the Kindle so that the students could “read” books they cared about and enjoyed while the words were displayed for them on the screen. Fortunately, the grant sources I applied to agreed with me.
I now have a classroom set of ten Kindle readers, each filled with almost two hundred books. I have headphones for each one so that my students can choose any title in the machine and listen without disturbing their neighbors. At first I used the Kindles to fill in down time in class or to have them available for independent reading, but my mind raced with the possibilities for a teacher.
One of the greatest features of Kindle readers, and I assume this is true of other branded devices, is that each e-book purchase is licensed to up to six devices, so as a teacher with limited funds I am able to purchase a book one time and install it on six of the machines. If I want all ten devices to have the exact same titles, I simply purchase the title one additional time.
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One of the most useful applications of using e-readers in my classroom is the ability to purchase titles instantly. By keeping my grant funding installed in our school Amazon account through our facility’s credit card, I can literally step over to my desktop computer and purchase any Kindle title, which sends it instantly to each device using the Amazon Whispernet. I have often had students ask me if I had a specific book available and if I do not, I can purchase the title immediately for them. I am demonstrating to my students that their interest in reading is extremely important to me, so important to me that I will provide books they enjoy at the push of a button. It is amazing as an educator to have the power to provide my students with titles that they request. When a student requests a specific book I am able to say to him, “I don’t have that book, but wait…now I do. Look in your Kindle.”
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