at Abingdon Elementary School
Kindles in Harford County
How Kindles are functioning at Fallston Middle School from the LMS: "For each Kindle I purchased books. I did not duplicate titles between devices. I basically had a theme for each one--adventure, mystery, chick lit, etc. We developed an acceptable use agreement that students and parents must sign before being able to check out a Kindle. We circulate them just like a book--three weeks, renew if no one is waiting for it. The fine is larger (I realize elementaries don't charge fines). I do not allow the students to take the charger. I keep a charging station in my office."
Types of Kindles for our Students
If we want our primary students to have access to the Kindles, I would recommend the Kindle Fire HD 7' Tablet (without the "special offers"). The price of an 8 GB is $139. Battery life is up to 10 hours of use. This E-reader would be best for our primary students as this tablet comes in color, as most children's books do. Also, with this type of tablet, certain educational apps can be added as well as audiobooks.
For secondary students, I would recommend either the Kindle Fire discussed above or the "standard" Kindle at $89 (without the "special offers"). Battery life is up to four weeks (with 30 minutes use each day).
Below is a link to Fallston Middle School Library's Acceptable Use Policy and User Agreement.
Ebooks and Cost
An Amazon wishlist can also be created to give families the chance to "gift" an Kindle Edition book to our school, and then can be added to our Kindles.