Here is a list of pros from a middle school teacher who is using Kindles in her
classroom. These are Kindle Touches to ease in setup and administration of
the devices, but in terms of reading, either of the other Kindles (keyboard,
Kindle4) would work.
These devices have ads, we trialed a device with ads first and found them to
be appropriate and not a distraction. If they were in color, I think that would
The math this teacher is using is for paying for ebooks. As you may know, now
that Apple and the cabal of publishers are going to stop price fixing, perhaps
ebooks will come down in price.
Additionally, she failed to mention the huge list of out of copyright titles, that
if needed in physical form cost money, but are free in electronic form. Some of
these titles are examples listed in the ELA/CC I am told.
From my point of view, the downsides are dealing with amazon on sales tax.
Amazon needs an S3 for each publisher. Kind of a pain. Also physical books
dont need charging.
the goal in this case is to focus on writing, and for that an ereader works,
there was not a desire to do other things with the device, so for this use
case, lack of apps etc isnt a issue.
this is all self reprted information, as you have seen Steve C and I go back
and forth about how much weight to put behind that.
just passing along
1. turning pages and rotating your focus from left to right is a distraction; this
is eliminated on the Kindle since students are focusing only one one page at a
time.; less movement around the group since no one is turning pages
2.viewing a single page (without having to rotate back and forth) is a huge
advantage in terms of speed/focus
3. physical reading may be more tiring using paperback books bc of the
constant change of focus
4. financial advantage - replacing a class set of books requires an
expenditure of at least $168. A set for the Kindles costs $28, a savings of
$140 per book. That means the entire class set of Kindles is "paid for" after
purchasing 18 e-books. (18 times 28 = $2560, and the Kindles cost $2400)
5. storage issues reduced; less dust from older copies; no longer a need for
housing multiple copies of books in a classroom
6. kids read more quietly with the Kindles because they are more engaged with
electronic devices generally; they read more quickly
7. Kindle has a built-in dictionary that allows students to immediately
determine the definition of unfamiliar words as they are reading them;
eliminates need to break concentration and find a dictionary, look up a word,
and return to task