As my Nook-program-launching colleague, Zoe P. Midler, wrote in her poignant post, Nooks are tools, not toys. And yet, when any new device or "thing" is introduced, there's always a novelty. Students want to try it, just to have it, and it seems like a frenzy at first. Our waiting list used to be 12-15 students long. We are now 2.5 months into the Nook pilot, and there is no longer a waiting ... Read More about “Tools, Not Toys,” and the Reasons We Read
General comments & suggestions from students: "The Nook was cool" "More books for girls" "I think we should get more of todays [sic] books. And some a little more challenging" The third one is my favorite...If only they realized how expensive "today's books" are, compared to the free classics I downloaded. Suggestions for ebooks (Each line is from a single student; prices added and spelling ... Read More about Student comments and feedback
I spoke with a "Nook expert" though the 1-800-THE-BOOK number today, and found out about a handy trick for resetting a frozen Nook. I wish they would share this fix with the store employees, because when I took it to the store to either fix or exchange, they didn't know what to do with it, and only offered to exchange it for a pre-owned Nook. Since this particular device was only a month-ish ... Read More about Handy Nook fix!
After today, I am totally convinced that all the extra "paper" record-keeping I did was absolutely worth it! As I stated yesterday, one of the Nooks has been acting up and generally behaving like the one that bit the dust already. I thought it was strange that it was part of the same "set" as the Nook that died, so I checked my BN.com account and sure enough there were 7 Nooks registered to that ... Read More about The value of record-keeping
Since the beginning of my plans to implement a Nook lending program, I've learned several things and change some things along the way. First, though...sadly, one of the Nooks died. It was working fine as I was teaching the 4th and 5th graders how to use it, and then for one class, it just froze. I couldn't "wake it up" from the screensaver, which pretty much disabled any troubleshooting I could ... Read More about Updates and changes I’ve made