By Brian Friedlander
I have been using a Kindle eReader for some time now and really enjoy the convenience and ease of use of these dedicated devices. When I travel to schools, I see more and more schools pilot eReaders in the classroom, especially for students who struggle or who are unmotivated to read. For many students who struggle in reading many are now more inspired to read books on an eReader device as compared to a traditional book. Here are 10 tips for using Kindles in the classroom that I know you will find helpful.
- Give each Kindle a unique name or barcode so that you can catalog and identify it.
- Have students practice using the dictionary feature to look up words.
- Have students learn how to highlight important parts of the book that they can extract or share with others.
- Have students learn how to use the note taking feature as they are reading.
- Have students learn how to access the Clippings file to export their notes and highlights to a word processor.
- Get students motivated to read by giving them access to the Amazon Bookstore where they can find a book on topics that interest them and then download a Sample chapter to their device.
- Have students turn on the text to speech feature and have the Kindle read the book to them.
- Let students change the size of the font and spacing of text to make the reading environment more consistent with their personal preference.
- Download music (mp3 files) on to a Kindle so that students can listen to the music while they are reading.
- Did you know that the Kindle (certain models) also supports audio books that can be downloaded from Audible.com?
- One for good luck: Did you know that you can send PDF’s and Word files to your Kindle via email to each of the devices so that students can be read on the device- think about going paperless!
As you can see there are lots of ways to use Kindles in the classroom that bring a whole new way of thinking about reading. The Kindle is lightweight yet powerful device that can store thousands of books and give students the tools they need to make reading more enjoyable and motivating. I have barely scratched the tip of the iceberg about how to use eReaders in the classroom but if you are looking for more ideas or workshops on how to use eReaders in the classroom please feel free to contact me.