When I got my first Kindle Keyboard five years ago, I actually started reading again. That summer I read over twenty books without stop. I have never read so many books in my life, even when I was ten, the age when I dived into adventure and fantastics books. I do not mean that I do not read paper books, I do. I like to go to a bookstore, stare at shelves and buy a book that I was looking for.
What makes Kindle different from other devices like smartphones, ipads and computers is that the e-ink screen does not glare, so that your eyes do not hurt even after long reading. From here on, I want to discuss some benefits of Kindle for classroom usage. First, Amazon provides a service called Whispercast, which allows to synchronize all readings over every Kindle so that each student has access to the reading materials. A teacher or a librarian can assign different readings to different classes. Second, Kindle has in-bult dictionary, which might assist when reading in a foreign language. A student can look up for a definition or a translation of unknown words. That coud save some time. Third, Kindle can keep tonns of books. That is helpful for a librarian and a student since now the librarian can load a favourite book of the student into the device. Additional advantage, probably more for IT technicians, is that the battery lasts for a month. And, of course, it does not distract students with facebook apps or browsing opportunities like in smartphones or ipads.
There are few other things that I want to discuss here about this technology and why we need to use it for reading in all schools all over the world. One, it can alleviate poverty and reduce illiteracy worldwide. Books are expensive, and it is more cost effective to introduce Kindles in schools in poor developing countries rather than obtaining paper copies for them. For instance, Worldreader, a nonprofit organization, is actively promoting the use of e-reading devices in places where books are difficult to access. Two, it can save the environment. Kindle helps to save trees since publishers do not need to print paper books anymore. The positive news are that people are switching to e-reading devices. Amazon, one of the largest U.S. booksellers, claims that ‘for every 100 print books Amazon.com has sold, it has sold 105 Kindle books’. To sum up, technology, such as Kindle can help us sustain the environment and enhance the classroom reading acitivities.
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United Nations. (Nov 21, 2012). Ghana: An Education Revolution . Retrieved October 11, 2015 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIWxw2ZzGf8
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