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Kindles & Nooks in school Libraries

Kindles & Nooks in school Libraries

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I'm interested to find out how other school librarians are integrating these e-book readers into their libraries. What are your use policies if you have them? Do they circulate? Are they cost-effective in the long run?

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Pepper Thompson's picture
Pepper Thompson
School Librarian in Beaumont, Texas

We are piloting a program this school year at Taylor Career and Technology Center. We have 35 Kindles that high school students can check out for a 3-week period. So far we've purchased over 350 books for the Kindles. Students are very enthusiastic, but we've had difficulty with damage because the Kindle screen is extremely fragile.

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
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I wonder if anyone has seen the use of iPads in libraries as well.

Interesting discussion - can't wait to hear how others are using these mobile devices in libraries/schools.

Margo Jantzi's picture
Margo Jantzi
School Librarian at Cub Run Elementary School in Rockingham County Public

Does anyone have experiences to share with using Color Nooks in the elementary library?

I'm pondering whether to go iPad, Nook or Kindle with these early literacy learners.

Any suggestions out there?

Derrick Waddell's picture
Derrick Waddell
High school teacher, technology coordinator, and Google Apps for Edu CT

We've just ordered a few as a test for our library. We went with the Kindle over a full tablet like the iPad. For us it was a combination of funding and book catalogs. I'm looking forward to sharing our experiences.

Kathleen Sasso's picture

I recently purchased an iPad for myself and see a lot of potential for educational use. There are many apps that can be used at school and it can be used as an e-reader. A free Kindle App is also available. From a teacher's perspective, I have used it on a one to one basis with two students learning English as a second language and they are enjoying the experience learning new words while playing games like Whirly Word or Word Detective.

Dana Stemig's picture

I would love to add e-books at my high school library but we have no funds. How are you funding the purchase of e-books and readers? What are your experiences with damage to them?

eleanor cerny's picture

[quote]Does anyone have experiences to share with using Color Nooks in the elementary library?

I'm pondering whether to go iPad, Nook or Kindle with these early literacy learners.

Any suggestions out there?[/quote]

eleanor cerny's picture

We are thinking about the same for our K-5 school. Any suggestions? Does anyone know of grants that would promote e-readers in elementary school?
Thanks.

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