Tag Archive for usability

The 21st Century Principal: Using Your Kindle Tablet App and Chrome ‘Send to Kindle’ Extension to Read Web Articles

More and more, reading with Kindle doesn’t require that you actually OWN a Kindle. Of any type. In fact, I spend most of my time these days on my iPad Mini, but I like to use the Kindle app and the Amazon ecosystem to collect articles, buy books, and review my documents. Here is a…

Pogue Picks Paperwhite, and Three Reasons that Educators Won’t

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David Pogue, the uber-tech-reviewer for the New York Times, took a minute this week to decipher the place of the new Kindle Paperwhite in the still robust market for E-Ink-based readers. On balance, I think he got it right. The Paperwhite addresses a concern long held by a certain segment of e-book aficionados: how to…

Kindle Phone Home: Getting 80 Kindles Ready for Kids, Part 2

Once Kathy’s helper-husband Steve had all the Kindles out of their boxes, numbered with stickies, and charging peacefully, the time had come for Kathy to swing into action. It was time to reconnect each Kindle with the Amazon software that would allow Kathy to manage content for each of the Kindles online. Unlike you or…

More Research Says Bigger Fonts Help Kids Read

Once I started digging in to why everyone seems to crank up the font size on the Kindle, more and more evidence has been sent my way. I want to thank Kerrie Smith, the Australian teacher and LEO at Education.au, for pointing out another significant research compilation on the importance of variable text size. This…

It’s Not the Kindle, Stupid! It’s the Text…

As a blogger on a topic tied to a specific device, the Kindle, it has been easy to overlook the real hero of the ebook revolution, and that is the digital text itself. The virtues of ebooks for schools reside not in the features and benefits of a specific reading device, despite what the pundits…