UPDATE: YALSA blog post, 12/2/2015
Jami Schwartzwalder, is a teen librarian with the Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, WA. She attended the SLJ Summit and took the library tour where she heard my presentation on the Kindle roll-out last year. Here is the link to her blog posting where she asked me for more details about the roll-out.
Librarians & Educational Equity
Presentation to SLJ Summit attendees, 9/25/2015
Below are the PowerPoint slides used in a presentation at Washington Middle School describing the 2014/15 KindleFire roll-out. Every student in the school was issued a KindleFire HD7, donated by Amazon.
The results were mixed. As one student said, "It was great to have the Kindles. We didn't waste so much paper in class. But some kids used theirs to play games in class. That wasn't great."
In the 2015/16 school year, Kindles will be checked out as class sets to teachers who wish to use them. Some will also be checked out individually to students in the HCC (highly capable cohort) program. Any remaining will be checked out through the library to students who want one. This raises questions of educational equity.
SLJ Summit PowerPoint