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In Fall 2009, Grinnell College piloted the use of Kindles in the classroom. This is Grinnell's portion of a NITLE web event on Incorporating E-Readers

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NITLE presentation

  1. 1. Kindles in the Classroom Grinnell College Grinnell, IA Mike Conner  (Curricular Technology Specialist) Amy Roberson  (Reference & Instruction Librarian)
  2. 2. Grinnell College Background <ul><ul><li>Four-year, private liberal arts college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately 1,500 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inquiry-based learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorial courses for First-year students </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Inception <ul><ul><li>15 Kindle DXs donated to the college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Larger than Kindle 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Built-in PDF reader   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auto-rotation </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Support <ul><ul><li>Dean's Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Resource Centers  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Curricular Technology Specialists </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing Lab  </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Project Goals <ul><ul><li>Introduce e-readers (Kindle DX) to classroom environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investigate pedagogical implications of e-readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate potential of Kindle to meet goals of Tutorial course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct Assessment of student and faculty reactions </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Providing Students with Texts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Navigating Amazon licensing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email account for each Kindle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazon account with each Kindle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Removed credit card info </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support provided by faculty </li></ul></ul>Device Management and Distribution
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>Encourage critical and active reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate drawing connections between texts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate interactions among students about texts </li></ul></ul>Pedagogical Considerations
  8. 8. Technical Obstacles <ul><ul><li>Ability to interact with other Kindle users not part of the design process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annotations are stored in a single text file </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cannot annotate PDFs  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kindles do not have page numbers, only location IDs </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Instructor Feedback <ul><li>Question:  </li></ul><ul><li>Since the beginning of the semester, have your students changed the way they take notes? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Yes. Originally more on the Kindle. [Now] more on paper.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Instructor Feedback <ul><li>Question:  </li></ul><ul><li>Since the beginning of the semester, your students have had the opportunity to use a Kindle; has the Kindle had an effect on the way your students read? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I believe that they have learned to compare texts better as we have moved through the semester.  I think that this has been due to the way assignments have been structured, which is in part due to the Kindle.  At this point, I believe that the same goals could be reached to the same level without the Kindle.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Student Feedback I take notes in the kindle...Allows me to have notes near the actual text. I use the Kindle in addition to hand written notes, depending on the type and frequency of comments that I make.
  12. 12. Student Feedback I still take notes solely in my notebook. The only time exception is when my Tutorial professor requires the class to take notes in our Kindles. Even then, I usually write the notes down in a notebook just because it is easier to reference notes written there. I found it really hard to take notes on a kindle.
  13. 13. Student Feedback When reading [on the Kindle] you can't quantify the number of pages you need to read. I find I use the definition function and wikipedia function of the kindle when reading, and it is much easier to clarify sentences I don't understand.  However at the same time, due to the nature of annotating in the kindle, I find I make significantly fewer notes than I did when reading from paper back.
  14. 14. Student Feedback <ul><li>I have to think a little bit more carefully about the material that I'm reading for the sake of taking clear, and concise is a pain...typing on the Kindle..however, while taking notes on it I've noticed that the difficulties presented in typing forces me to be more precise in my note taking...and if I feel like ranting or have a sudden rush of ideas I just bust out my notebook... </li></ul>
  15. 15. Lessons Learned <ul><ul><li>Kindles allow students to carry many books around </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DX may have been too large </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note-taking cumbersome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kindle does not currently support conversations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More suited for &quot;traditional&quot; interaction with texts </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Next Steps... <ul><ul><li>Wrap-Up Current Study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>surveys </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>focus groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan for Spring (3 Groups) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kindle  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Course reserves (print & electronic) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Traditional&quot; books </li></ul></ul></ul>