My students need 2 Kindles for their class library. It will help us save money by having multiple copies of titles and limit wear and tear on aging paperback books.
Do you remember what it was like the first time you read a book that you couldn't put down? I watch my students experience this on a weekly basis as they continuously discover books that capture their imaginations! The Kindle is an exciting way to open up these new worlds & encourage young readers.
My students are a vibrant, diverse group of kids who LOVE to read and LOVE learning new things!
We are a large school in California, with a population of almost 1500 students. Because of our growing numbers, our school still operates on a rotating track system and teacher's must move their classroom (and all of it's contents) to a different location every three months. This causes extreme wear and tear on classroom libraries that are in constant use and must be moved from place to place.
In my classroom, the students are avid readers so I attempt to keep our library well stocked with both classic and current titles. It would be far easier and much more economical to handle a single device that holds over 100 titles than relocating 100's of books every 3 months. Books can be expensive, and damage to paperback books is expected after long usage. My kids want to do well, and work hard every day to prove that. Having Kindles in the classroom would be a great incentive.
Kindles in our classroom would be used daily for guided reading groups and reading during free time. I conduct reading workshops for small groups during our language arts block. Being able to download books to a set of e-readers would bring new titles to our students and give them unlimited choices for their reading. It would enable teachers to find books that would not only be at each students reading level but also at their interest level. Further, it saves money with having to buy essentially only one copy of a book, as opposed to four. The e-readers would also be of great value to families, as access to the class account will be made available to parents.
The availability of books with an e-reader would be a terrific advantage for students & families because of the opportunity to choose lower cost books that are of interest to them.
While already trying to navigate through California's education budget cuts, having Kindles will also save money because of the advantage of having multiple copies of a title. Even more, our classroom library will be much easier to move with the ability to consolidate 100's of titles to a single device.
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