Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

In The News: E-Readers In Schools!

Check this out, bookworms! Fascinating! Well, I'm sure that educators will be intrigued by the ideas and possibilities this article puts forth-- But maybe the bookworms in other fields will be interested too.

Reading is such a joy that I'm always distressed when children have never experienced that joy. Oh, they enjoy being 'read to'-- in fact, they crave it but many would never consider reading for the pure pleasure of the experience. If kindles in schools increase literacy, comprehension and create a few more bookworms, I am all for it. What do you think?

E-Readers In Schools

This news is so exciting! Can't wait to share this information with my colleagues (especially the bit about special needs students). Maybe my poor schools can get grants for e-readers. Of course, it will depend on the quantitative data of how reading scores are affected in the forthcoming study. It is a shame but everything in education revolves around state test scores.


  1. I also like e-readers for the environmental advantages as well. I wonder if this will take off?

  2. I can't begin to imagine life without reading. I've never used an e-reader before, but this seems like an awesome idea!

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  4. I would love for my students to have ereaders -- as opposed to the 20 lb books they lug around (or never bring to class because they're so heavy).

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  6. My high schooler's bag is too heavy: it is a health hazard to carry that much weight. And saving the environment! I had never thought of e readers in that context.

    I've wondered about getting one. I do have some books on my little laptop.

    Do many of our readers have e readers?

  7. Textbooks! Yes! Larson in the article was focusing on stories/literature but textbooks would be amazing-- I remember lugging all those heavy books and getting some ratty old ones too.

    Textbooks are so expensive-- that is why schools keep them until the pages are falling out. Would textbooks on e-readers be more cost efficient (as the cost of the technology decreases) in the long run? Money is always the deciding factor in schools--- and remember sports always comes first! Irking, that is...

    (my Yoda impression) heehee

  8. Part of the fun of getting a new text book was checking to see who had come before me.

    Here in Australia the government is giving every student from Grade 9 up a laptop. It's rolling out next year. Wonder if they will have e texts on them?

  9. Some schools in the US provide laptops but it isn't nationwide by any means. hope it is someday.

    There is one school currently in the news for taking secret webcam shots of students in their homes via laptops. Kinda creepy.


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