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Amazon Dips its Toes into the Educational Pool
November 14, 2012 | 4:22 pm

Kindle Fire use in the classroomBy Caroline Ross It may be called Whispercast, but the shiny new organizational tool from Amazon may just have the potential to make school districts and teachers shout from the rooftops with joy. Okay, that last statement was a bit of hyperbole. But if Amazon's Whispercast has managed to solve the issues some school board members have with the iPad, then the Kindle (not the iPad) may end up dominating U.S. classrooms. In a nutshell, Whispercast is a free, Kindle-compatible system that was designed specifically with instructors and business professionals in mind. The concept is rather simple: it allows a central user (an employer...

Worldreader programs in Florida, Ghana face similar challenges
January 24, 2011 | 10:25 pm

clearwaterSusan Moody has posted an entry on the Worldreader.org blog discussing the common challenges facing education programs using the Kindle in both Clearwater, Florida and Ghana. Both programs are meeting with success, but interestingly enough one of the biggest issues proved to be the same in both cases. Biggest Challenges?  Now this is surprising: both pilots have the same challenges with technology–kids involuntarily deregistering their Kindles and lack of parental controls.  Mr Just wrote: “we knew that we were having issues with students deregistering the school account and registering their personal account interfering with the download...

Kindles at high school bring praise, surprises – one month of use at Clearwater High School
October 19, 2010 | 10:57 am

images.jpegThat's the title of an article in Tampa Bay Online about Clearwater High School and the first month of its move to give all its 2,100 students Kindles. It's a fascinating read and it looks as if the Kindles are a great success. Some highlights: Students are using the "My Clippings" feature to take notes in class (I guess this is pretty easy for teens used to texting on even smaller platforms) They use Google search Students seem to use the machine as a "mini-computer" So much data was being downloaded that they crashed the system and prompted calls from AT&T The English and...

Clearwater HS prepares to hand out Kindles to its 2100-plus students
September 11, 2010 | 6:22 pm

images.jpg It will be extremely interesting to if this program is successful and what worked and what didn't. From Tampa Bay.com: Clearwater High School's unprecedented plan to arm its 2,100-plus student body with the devices nears fruition, with the Kindles now stacked in a computer lab and each labeled with a student's name. As the school gets ready to distribute them next week the stakes — and questions — are more real than ever. Amazon confirms no other high school has attempted such a feat. [Clip] [Principal Keith] Mastorides hoped to have the e-books in students' hands earlier, but publishers...

Interview with Clearwater High School principal on textbook replacements
June 8, 2010 | 8:59 am

clearwater.jpegPreviously we reported that Clearwater High School will ditch textbooks for all students. Now, Resource Shelf is carrying an interview with the principal of that school: So, initially we were looking at computers. But we realized quickly that computers were way too expensive. Yeah, you could find one for $200 or $300. But by the time you put all the software on it, get the wireless network and all the pieces you need, you were at $1,000 a piece. So it was not cost effective. There was no way you could do anything like that. So we started looking at...

Clearwater High School in Florida will ditch textbooks for ALL students and go to Kindles
June 2, 2010 | 9:37 am

a4s_nobooks060210a_124402c.jpgThe St. Petersburg Times is reporting this, and I got a call from their fact checking department about it yesterday. Unlike some schools which are doing limited trials, the high school wants to replace textbooks for all students in all grades - school wide. This would mean 2.100 Kindles. The article says that a final device hasn't been picked, but the school is negotiating with Amazon now. Already, ereaders have been issued to all 100 of the school's teachers. John Just, assistant superintendent for the district's management information systems, said Kindle officials told the district that no...