Friday, September 2, 2011
Kindles in the Classroom: They've Arrived!
It turns out Kindles are very easy to set up. It took less than five minutes to connect to wireless, register, and rename a Kindle. There is a handy set up guide included with the Kindle, and there are onscreen directions as well.
To begin you simply plug the USB cord (included) into your Kindle, and then plug in the other end into an electrical outlet to begin charging the unit. Kindle claims that one charge can last up to an entire week with wireless turned on, and up to two weeks with out wireless turned on. A really cool feature about the USB/power cord is that you can unattach the plug and it reveals a standard USB connection so that you can plug your Kindle into a USB slot on your PC or MAC computer.
Next, you register your Kindles under your Amazon account. You can register as many Kindles under one Amazon account, but you can only share selections among six registered units. With that in mind, my colleague and I each purchased six units a piece. You can also rename your Kindles. We decided to rename our Kindles with our school name and a number to easily keep track of what selections are on each Kindle.
The next post about Kindles in the Classroom will be about what book selections we chose, and the process we undertook to make our choices. We are also looking at subscribing to kid-friendly blogs as a way to incorporate current events. A pricing guide will be included as well.