I am teaching a course on teaching with Kindles tomorrow at Harpeth Hall as part of the Center for Innovative Educators. Here is the description:
E-books are expanding from the consumer market and into classrooms. Reading e-books on an e-reader or on a laptop/tablet offers some unique opportunities for accessibility, literary analysis, and social networking in the classroom. In this workshop, you will learn about using e-books from a teacher who is using her Kindle and her laptop to teach using e-books and welcomes them as a reading option for students. Learn about using the Kindle device's features that support differentiated learning, active reading, literary analysis, and social networking "discussions" of a text. Participants will also learn about how to use the Kindle reading app for PC, Mac, iPad and mobile devices. In addition, we will discuss free e-books in the public domain, borrowing e-books from the public library, and the use of Amazon Whispercast to manage a class set of Kindles. All of the activities in this workshop will be centered on practical e-book use in the classroom and techniques and strategies that teachers and students can use to optimize the e-book experience.
So, to get started, I am compiling the important links and notes for the participants below, but I hope that it may serve the larger world out there!
1. First, I recommend using the Google Chrome browser. Not only do I find it superior, but it has a very Send to Kindle extension that is built in.
Click here to download Google Chrome
Click here to download the Send to Kindle Chrome extension
Click here to download the Send to Kindle extension for Firefox
2. Next, you need to download the free Kindle Reading App for your laptop or computer.
Click here to download Kindle Reading Apps by clicking on the specific type of tablet, laptop, or phone you are using.
3. You may need to do some managing of your settings, and also you should look up and/or edit the email address associated with your devices. Each Kindle device (except for the PC and Mac apps) has an email address. So, I could send a document to that email address with the subject "convert" and it will display on that device. You can find that address by going to the Manage Your Kindle section of the Amazon site.
Click here to Manage Your Kindle.
4. The best way to learn how to use your Kindle and your reading apps is to get your feet wet! Please follow this link to download a free collection of O. Henry stories titled The Four Million.
Click here to download The Four Million.
5. I highly recommend linking your Twitter account to your Kindle. You can tweet you highlights and notes for your followers. If you have a Twitter account, you can use the Manage Your Kindle portal on Amazon, or the Settings on your Kindle device to link your account. Don't have a Twitter account? You should start one! Click here to create a Twitter account.
6. Familiarize yourself with the Kindle Cloud Reader. There is some feeling that perhaps the Cloud Reader will phase out the Reading Apps. I am not sure, but either way, it is useful. Also, it downloads the books you are reading so that you can continue to use it offline.
Click here to go the Amazon Cloud Reader.
Next, I will create a post with some of the activities we will do in the session!