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My name is Will DeLamater and I have lived with my Kindle since March of 2008. That’s me to the left in June 2009 with my new Kindle DX. As an English major in college and a high school English teacher for many years before joining the publishing industry, I find this device a real “game changer.” Through my explorations of the device from an educator’s perspective, I hope to add something to the growing body of expertise regarding the Kindle.

EduKindle is designed to provide you with information and tools that will enhance your Kindle experience, especially for school executives, teaching professionals, school board members–anyone with an interest in teaching and learning with support from the Kindle.

NEW! I recently created a professional networking site for Kindle-interested educators called Kindle Educators Group. Please check it out and join in if it kindles your interest!

You can contact me at willd at edukindle |dot| com.

  22 comments for “About

  1. Mandy
    August 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Amen to Amy! I’m pulling my hair out over running to the library every other day to keep up with the required amount of AR points, when we have a perfectly good kindle just sitting here. The books at the library have the reading level and quiz number printed inside the cover, why can’t ebooks have this listed?!

  2. Amy
    April 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Unfortunatly, the library idea does not really help us. We live in a rural area and are out of district for the community library. We could pay for “out of district” membership but based on our taxes it is not feasable for us.
    If there was a simple app for Kindle that showed Accelerated Reader Lists and would list the books by author, level and title; showing quiz numbers, point values, and reviews that would be a huge help to all school aged children looking to download their next book. (Even if it’s not in a lending program)
    I understand that this is not yet available for Kindle users but, as you said, these lists are available thru the schools so the information is already put together. It should be simple to put it in an app form in order to promote Accelerated Reader Program to school aged Kindle users.

  3. willd
    September 20, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Hi Amy, Amazon did announce that it will offer library lending through public libraries and Overdrive sometime this fall. Although this doesn’t provide direct integration with AR, you could compare the lists of age-appropriate books to find those with AR quizzes. Hope this helps, Will

  4. Amy Ritchey
    September 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I am a mother of a 9 year old, 3rd grader who is an avid reader, reading at a 4.5-6.2 range and averages 25 pts a week. She is quickly running out of books at her New Douglas, IL school library. Her father and I were thinking about getting her a Kindle for her birthday to suplement the accessability.

    I have been very dissapointed to find no partnership (ie. app or lending program) between the AR program and the Kindle e-book. I would think that such a partnership would be an ideal and neccessary tool for all school age kids who are actively involved in improving their AR score.
    Can you give me any information on this subject?

  5. July 19, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Thank you so much for the article about getting Kindles ready for the classroom. I am about ready to get 10 for my English class for a pilot program….Does anyone know if you can scan poems or short stories, download them into your computer and then download them into your Kindle? I’m trying to develop a unit with a mix of literature. Please let me know whether that’s possible or not…..Lastly, this site looks much fuller than a few weeks ago….Congrats!

  6. Glen
    July 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Hello, I would like to talk to you. My school decided to get every student a kindle. I am looking for ways to use a Kindle in my classroom.

  7. June 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Hi there–am helping a school for disadvantaged children develop a literacy program and think the kindles would be a great fit if we were able to present a fully-thought-out plan that we could execute. I’m interested to learn if anyone is aware if Amazon has a procurement/purchasing program for the kindles for schools/educators? Also, what has been your experience using some of the “free books” online sites? Thanks!

  8. June 23, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Is there a keyboard in the newly reduced Nook for 149? What are some of the feature drawbacks of the cheapest nook compared to the Kindle for 189?..It appeared as though the Nook for 149 lacked a keyboard. Am I right?

  9. GPW
    April 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I’m curious about the path of least resistence from e-Journals (scholarly stuff) onto kindle. I know PDF is smart on DX since the multi-column format is readable. And there are websites to convert PDF-to-Word as well, but that is a manual process to go from website to download PDF to convert to load to kindle. Calibre will also convert for kindle use, but for others who have figured out the path of least resistance, I’d like to know what works best.

  10. willd
    November 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Carrye, you might want to check out the group of Kindle educators over at the Ning (edukindle.ning.com). Kathy Parker in Seneca IL is actually reporting results with their students and Kindles in the middle school this year. As for your question, an ereader is one of the least connected devices out there. Just trying to navigate the internet on the Kindle is like watching ice melt and would fall far below your students’ requirements for browsing. None of the other currently available readers, like the Sony, even have internet connections. I think you would find students more on task, not less.

  11. Carrye
    November 16, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Starting what seems to be the daunting task of reviewing our “no electronics in the classroom” policy around eReaders. We are not ready to move in the direction of classroom sets, but some of our students will be acquiring this technology option soon. I want to be able to allow eReaders in the classroom, but first must ask our district to revise its electronics policy. Also, we currently use the Columbia Reader’s Workshop strategy of having students log time/page number for both in-class and out of class independent reading, as well as use sticky notes to practice reading strategies.

    What pitfalls, if any, should I worry about having eReaders for individual reading in the classroom? Does having an eReader allow for a student to be more easily off-task and “fake” reading?

    Any insights would be appreciated.

  12. Kathy Parker
    November 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Tiffany Wheeler is our RTI teacher. These are her comments about using the Kindle with her students:
    RTI students enjoy using the Kindles. Mrs. Parker and I developed a list of Reluctant Reader Titles for the students. Some students have commented they like to use the dictionary feature. I have had some students develop their own vocabulary list for each chapter. Questioning while you read is a skill many RTI students need to developed, so I have as asked students to type “I wonder questions in the footnotes.” That is an advantage to a kindle students are a little more motivated to demonstrate thinking while reading instead of using the paper pencil method. This ability to listen to chapters has appealed to some students and it has surprised me to see how many students enlarge the font to a variety of sizes. I’m wondering if this feature is helpful for students with reading weaknesses. The seventh graders are really enjoying “Getting Air”. All students are very motivated to read the novels.

    Mark Giertz is our 7th Grade Language/Literature teacher. These are his thoughts on the Kindle.
    I have been using my Kindles for silent reading now for about 4 weeks now and the students have been like flies coming in and out of my room before school and after school to read what’s next in their story. Many students are finding the Kindle quicker than a regular book and are excited about the access the Kindle has to books of their choice.

    Steve Novario is our 8th Grade Language/Literature teacher. Here are his comments.
    My name is Steve Novario and teach eighth grade. I chose the 6 highest GPA’s in each of my three sections to use the Kindles first. They love them. There are a few drawbacks that are being addressed. Each of the three students on each Kindle have to read a different book if they are to go to their previous location. Also, I don’t give tons of time to read during the day. Because of that fact, we are starting a check-out system.
    Submitted by Kathy Parker, Librarian @ Seneca Grade School

  13. Kathy Parker
    November 12, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks for the plug, Will! After some good responses, we are now going to let our 8th graders take home the Kindles they are using in their Lang/Lit classes. I ordered extra thick cases for them. We also have a Kindle Checkout Form ready for parents and students to sign. The excitement is overwhelming for the Kindles! I will be elaborating a bit more as to how the teachers are using them in their classrooms. We are also long-range planning for the upcoming school year! Possibly a “Cadillac” Kindle plan? It’s in the works! I will keep you posted.

  14. October 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Hey Will – great Kindle blog! And great spin on the educational side, I don’t see anyone else out there doing that.

    I’m working with a company that just introduced a new line of covers, cases, and skins for the various kindles: http://www.kindlechaos.com I’d love to send you a free sample for review if you like. If you send me you address I can pop it in the mail!

    Thanks –
    Adam

  15. July 17, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Can A Low-Cost Version Of Kindle Help Literacy In Developing Countries? I am doing research on this topic and wanted to see your thoughts on it.

  16. Kathy Parker
    April 23, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Our school is in the beginning phases of considering purchasing Kindles for our middle school and high school. Any information such as justifications, uses, schools in Illinois already using them would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!
    Kathy Parker

  17. T
    March 11, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    please consider posting about the sourceforge project Auto Kindle Converter:

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/autokindle/

    we could really use good hackers working on this project.

  18. June Blender
    February 23, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Great web site, Will. How did you develop for the Kindle? I can’t find an SDK.

    Thanks,
    JuneB

  19. January 29, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Hello,
    I’m developing a novel idea for the Kindle and I’m having trouble finding anyone at Amazon to speak with about the idea. Do you have any suggestions as to who I should speak to — any people who work on Kindle projects/development?
    My best,
    Stephen P. Williams
    cipres@earthlink.net

  20. December 31, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    hi will:
    i have been commissioned by arts council silicon valley to create a retelling of the american tall tale, “pecos bill”. love tall tales and how they grow bigger and wilder with each retelling round the campfire, especially because i have always wanted to be a cowgirl – not quite that easily done if you are a chinese american girl growing up in queens, ny.

    do you have any advice on how i can make my text and illustration version available to educators on kindle? i am enchanted by the process of retelling and recreating an existing piece of americana and believe this to be integral to the future of our literary experience.

    thanks, hoong yee

  21. December 26, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I really like your website, since I also really love my Kindle. But when I saw your notebook and calendar, I wanted them of course, as would any Kindle owner. But when I tried to download them, all I got as a lot of gribbrish on my screen — nothing I knew how to use, or to move to my Kindle.
    If I gave you my Kindle address — cfw123@kindle.com — can you email them to my Kindle directly? I wonder how other people were able to get these applications. I also want to be able to get future applications for my Kindle which you may produce in the future.
    Charles Wilkes

  22. November 21, 2008 at 7:45 am

    I’m catching up on links and came across your mention of my perhaps historic literary reading on a Kindle. You asked about putting the essay in Kindle format, and here it is: http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Turkey-Paradise-Twelve-Internet/dp/B001BOJSN4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1227271389&sr=8-1 .
    cheers,
    Len Edgerly
    host of The Kindle Chronicles, a weekly podcast all about the Kindle

    BTW, would you be willing to come on the show for a guest interview? Please email me at PodChronicles AT Gmail DOT come.

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