History of the Kindle Fire Produced by Amazon Released in November 2011 Originally was the Kindle, which was not touch screen and not in color. Did not have the ability to download apps 4th generation of the Kindle Already planning to release three new versions of the Kindle Fire
A little bit about the Kindle Fire… "The Kindle Fire is a 7-inch tablet that links seamlessly with Amazons impressive collection of digital music, video, magazine, and book services in one easy-to-use package. It boasts a great Web browser, and its curated Android app store includes most of the big must-have apps (such as Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu). The Fire has an ultra-affordable price tag, and the screen quality is exceptional for the price." Amazon.com
Tell me more… 7” multi-touch screen display Gorilla Glass screen Wi-Fi compatible, soon to be 3G capable 8GB of onboard storage Includes a USB port, audio jack, and speakers
And more… Cloud Storage Amazon offers 5 GB of free storage via the users online account. Fire can then sync files with Amazon via a Wi-Fi connection. Gives you the option to make more room on your Kindle and not have to “delete” things, just save them somewhere else.
How Kindle Fire has intrigued theEducation World… Smaller and easier to use for younger students than the IPad Opens up the world of Amazon accessibility to the classroom Less expensive than the IPad The Kindle Fire will use the Android programming language, so apps currently available for Android devices will work on the Fire. Users will be able to rent textbooks, borrowing from more than 10,000 libraries.
Learning plan and goals for using theKindle Fire…Video tutorial- How to get started usingthe Kindle Fire Trial and error - Ask another teacher who used it Tutorial -Play with it on my own time Ask an IT professionalhttp://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/amazon-kindle-fire/4505-3126_7-35022491.ht How can I use it in the classroom? Center time- Dictionary option is available, as well as text to speech where the Kindle will actually read the text to you. Small group reading- Reading selected texts for small group guided reading lessons with highlighting function available as well as text to speech and dictionary Whole group reading- Plug into projector or smart board to display to whole group
Lesson Plan Small group guided reading lesson (15-20 min)Objective: Students will use the Kindle Fire to read the story of the week and learn to use the highlighting and dictionary features to figure out new vocabulary words.Materials: Kindle Fire, list of vocabulary words, vocabulary notebooks, pencilActivities: We will use the Kindle to introduce our new story for the week. The story will already be downloaded for them on the device. I will teach the students to use the highlighting feature and then use the dictionary feature to identify and learn new vocabulary words that coincide with our story. I will be giving the students a list of their new vocabulary words and they will use he highlight and dictionary feature on the Kindle to find the words and then write their definition in their vocabulary notebooks.Evaluation: Were the students able to correctly highlight and identify the correct definition of their vocabulary words?
Some FREE apps that are available on theFire… Reading sight words app Countless math games NASA now Many tutoring apps for foreign languages Alphabet games Flash cards Free Grammar Quizzes Graphing Calculator And many more…
Websites for further information http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/kindle-fire-in-schools.s http://edudemic.com/2011/09/teachers-kindle-fire/ http://www.kindle-fireforum.com/forum/amazon-kindle-fire-gen http://gettingsmart.com/news/10-tips-for-kindle-in-the-classroo
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