I am focusing on the Kindle because I have, in fact, been awarded a $2700 grant to purchase a starter set (with texts both print and audio and cases) for my classroom next year. I have been in various Kindle discussions to ask advice. Here is what I have learned:
- With the exception of one school that has purchased a total of 90 Kindles, I seem to be a pioneer
- No one has experience with setting up a "non personal" account to handle purchasing
- Corporate accounts will accept PO's and provide pre-purchase invoices, but our school will not or can not set one up
- Every Kindle purchase can be installed (downloaded to) 6 devices
- One poster suggested that I ask Amazon to allow me 7 devices because this is a "special case" - no response from Amazon
We will begin the class journey by reading fairy tales and fables - so free Kindle texts will be abundant. I have located enough Kindle texts to create at least three levels of reading for my Rats! literature circle, and our all-read text (The Dark is Rising) is available for Kindle - I have already read it and created a set of notes, which I plan to distribute in a NoteShare notebook AND load on all classroom Kindles, along with the novel. NoteShare's voice recording will make it easy for me to upload .mp3 versions of student-read tales. Amazon's file conversion will make it easy for me to distribute copies of student-written tales (which will also be in the online notebook). Those are just a few of the options I will be exploring for simple tools integration. All of this is with both the struggling and the advanced student in mind.
All in all, this seems to be a very satisfactory beginning to an experiment. I am looking foward to the summer's work - perhaps that rain is kindling some good learning after all!