57% of children say they are interested in reading an e-book1/3 of children say they would read more books for fun if they had access to e-books on an electronic device www.scholastic.com/readingreportPersonalization, portability, participation, privacy (Buffy Hamilton)15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia is probably the most common-Dyslexia Center of Utah, 2010
Research, read, attend webinars, join EdukindleNing to learn as much as you can. Play with the devices at the store and possibly purchase your own. Read about set up, ordering, cataloging, etc.
Decide on a device, how many and policies. We chose the Kindle because of the text to speech option, larger font than Nook, cheaper books, good price, we are not loaning e-books we are loaning the devices with e-books on themText to speech particularly important bc it:Audio combined with tracking the text allows the student to tackle more challenging books.Puts the focus on comprehension not reading ability.Students hear fluent reading with proper grammar and pronunciation.Exposure to new words helps build vocabulary.Students can interact with the class book discussions despite reading ability.“Do You Have Reluctant Readers?” http://www.rbk12blog.com
Showed 2 Kindles at gadget petting zoo for faculty, Monica checked it out, student saw and said “what do I have to do”, My openingUsed funds from a student council fundraiser to purchase 4. Already had two 1st generation. Loaded with free books and purchased 15 titles. Surveyed the students using Survey Monkey, reading motivation, self perception as a reader, thoughts on reading, thoughts on using ereadersUsed student input and Lexile scores to chose titles for the KindlesVery short training/intro to the deviceStudents read every Weds in reading resource and when they completed their other lessons, kept reading log of books finishedStudents were tested using MAP before and after using Kindles
Average of 12.6 point increase in MAP scores for reading as high as 27 points
Writing lots of grants, now have iPads in Monica’s room, Kindles have been moved to self contained classroom, hoping to purchase more for general circulation
We eReadKindles @ Palmetto Middle<br />“What do I have to do to read on one of those?”<br />
Resources<br />iRead Project: Details of using electronic devices to improve reading<br /> <br />Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Library blog and Library Guide: Loads of resources, forms, catalog advice and student responses<br /> <br />Kindle and Nook Comparison: recent article but before Kindle lending was announced<br /> <br />EdukindleNing: A group of educators using or interested in using ereaders. Lots of resources and connections.<br />Link to the Survey Monkey survey we administered to my students: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K5Q5S6L<br />Kindles at Edcamp Detroit: http://www.fontichiaro.com/uploads/2011/kindle-edcampdetroit.pdf<br />