E-Reading


This is still really the beginning of our e-reading/e-reader journey. One thing we've learned over the past year or so? It moves more slowly than you'd think. And will e-reading take over print? Honest opinion? NOPE! No way. But it's not going away either so why not hop on board. ;)

PS Do YOU have an ereader? Are you a member of Netgalley or Edelweiss?


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I planned this presentation as a mix of my experience along with suggestions and experience from lots of our district colleagues and great things I found online.


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We went with Nooks because it was much easier to deal with a person at our local B&N. And our rep has been very helpful! Once when we were having trouble with one title she suggested a fix that worked! Simple Touches, Tablets, "Fires," mini iPads, whatever brand ... you can get some sort of content on all of them so just see what your accounting department likes best.


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I applied for a district foundation grant to get our Nooks. Guess what? Got all excited and neglected to talk to Tech Services/Lib. Services first. So ... do that. Will save you some trouble and maybe speed things up.


Permission
I send ours home. I know not everyone can or wants to (or has enough devices for that to even be a viable option). Have there been kids that made me take a deep breath and say "Sure, you can have a permission slip"? YES. YES. YES. But so far it's all been good. So far.


If you click on the picture it will take you to a Google Drive ppt (flattened cause I used SCRAPPIN DOODLES! clip art ... but you can totally add your book covers-just can't copy and paste her work out of it) that you can download to make your own management notebook. You may have another manner that works for you.




Content
Especially for ours ... there is more fiction available than non-fiction. Some of that is that in my school we only have b&w devices. Some of that is what is available on the market in ebook format. Both are sort of a bummer. Tablet devices do open up more for illustrations and photos.
Dunno if you are interested, but here is a copy of the spreadsheets with our Nooks and each associated title. Can't guarantee the prices will be the same but it's a place you can start if you like!

This is a pre-ereading survey one of our district librarians came up with and said we could share.

If you get a Nook tablet ... you will want to look in to password protecting the student profile so that they do not try to download games. Even when it says "DO NOT" on the permission slip ... they still seem to do it. Once I am able to get one I will have personal experience with this. For now I can see on the B&N forums that there should be a way.

With the Nook tablets you also have the option to download Overdrive books (if your district or public library offers access). Some of them will not offer the same embedded dictionary or notetaking options. I would NOT suggest this for the Simple Touch as that becomes very time consuming managing putting books on and deleting later.


Stations
This, sadly, is another area that I didn't get everything done I wanted to. It will be updated within the next two weeks with task cards as generic as I can make them for picture books on an ereader.


Literature Circles/Book Clubs

Anyway. THIS was where I first started e-reading with kiddos. Back before ... oh, for sure book four and maybe even book three.
I would post discussion questions on an online forum our district used at the time (now we use Edmodo) and kids would respond. Don't laugh but seriously? They LOVED it. Not hard at all and a place to start.

As things have moved a little more slowly than we first imagined, we don't have as much experience in the e-reader lit circle realm (YET!) as I wanted. Timing for schoolwide interventions changed and the group activities we'd first thought about became impractical.

If you happen to have iPads available a very  nice source I've been looking at for almost a year is iPad Literature Circles. First heard about it through the Mobile2012 online wiki. Love the app recommendations if you have iPads instead of other readers. My kids have never been super big fans of the "defined" lit circle roles but if they work for you then go for it. And really ... they do the same things (looking for setting, vocabulary, following characters, etc). They just don't know it. ;)


The part that drove us? Kids THINKING that e-reading is so much cooler and easier. Research will tell you that it's not (in fact, it's another reason I applied for the grant ... I noticed how much harder I had to concentrate to read and retain on my Nook than when I read in print). So it's sort of a bait and hook. But by then? They've become readers. Of whatever format. And that's what we're looking for. ;)



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