The woman at the Laurel Shopping Center walked with her Amazon Kindle in hand so engrossed in the material she was reading that she seemed oblivious to the rest of the world. When asked if she liked her Amazon Kindle that much she said, “I love my Amazon Kindle.”
As the District of Columbia Public School still attempts to deal with online technology that has placed movies, videos, and music albums in the palm of students across the city, the amazing quality and beautiful color of Netflix on Smartphones and books on Kindle has changed and altered the way that students learn today.
However, changing the way that students learn is not new in the District of Columbia. The first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D in America was a graduate of the District of Columbia Public Schools. A conference at Clemson University in October of 1988 focused on learning methods in the District of Columbia Schools. Thus, dealing with the onslaught of new technology is nothing new for D.C. residents.
“I love my Kindle,” said the woman who walked amid the crowd still engrossed in her device. She is not alone. Since its release date on November 19, 2007, the Amazon Kindle E-Reader has been one of the greatest technological innovations in American education since educational television became part of American classrooms.
The ability to load a library onto a single device is brilliant. The same fear that griped the nation when television became so pervasive led many to call the idiot box the end of American civilization. Today with Roku, Netflix, and other live streaming computer services many people do not watch television at all.
Amazon is providing a great customer service to help school districts make kindle available to students. “The same passion we have for reading applies to student literacy. We believe that when students have access to books and read more as they do with Kindle, they can learn more. Schools across the country have used Kindle to motivate and engage students in reading,” Amazon said.
The customer at the Laurel Mall was not reading her Kindle because she wanted to walk into a hole. She simply was so passionate and engrossed in her reading that she could not put the Amazon Kindle down. Imagine students all over America walking the streets and reading books again. Total literacy makes an old literature professor very happy with the thought.
“Kindle excites students about reading. The same great features that help you lose yourself in a book on Kindle translate seamlessly to the classroom, helping students learn to read or study more effectively. With Kindle, students no longer need to be discouraged by the size of a book or self-conscious when carrying their books to class, motivating even reluctant and struggling readers,” Amazon said.
Every school in America should have Amazon Kindle available for their students. “Schools can now centrally manage a Kindle reading program using Whispercast, Amazon's free self-service tool. With Whispercast, schools can reduce the administrative cost and complexity of distributing books to students on their Kindles or any device with the free Kindle app, including iPad, Android phones and tablets, PCs, and Macs. Schools can also provide a safe browsing experience for students on Kindle, “Amazon said.
The nightmare of books not arriving on schedule for the opening of school will be a thing of the past. Amazon has led the nation into the future.