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ereader pilot

a vision of what a paperless school could look like
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Timothy King

on 7 March 2011

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CWDHS ereader Pilot Program Financial Ecological photocopying per year 2010: $69694 Text costs Student Benefits Weight of books Technical Current materials Access to updates/
additional material Paper use minimal $1500 per class in
texts on average Distinct classes
that run at CW:
120? Text book investment:
approx $184,320 15-20% attrition due
to breakage, wear and
updating Yearly update costs
at 20% = approx $37,000 Approx $107,000/yr
costs invested in paper
based learning access to web documents (periodicals, academic papers) digital information doesn't wear out and is easily customizable, updatable and generally maleable Modern mobile equipment much less energy intensive than copiers and other industrial scale paper generation tools Basic ereader
Kindle Media Device
ipad 6" Kindle
Cost: $139 9.7" Kindle
Cost: $379 9.7" colour multi touch
multimedia cost: $499 also replaces lab PCs and
laptops - fully functional
media tool for creation and
consumption Cost of labs at CW:
$518,000, also 8x more
inefficient electricity
consumption, much more
heat generated (raising A/C
costs in the summer) transitional device all digital delivery 2011: ereader Pilot Suggestion goal: to fact find - there is a lot we don't know, like: how do ereaders hold up to adolescent abuse
how flexible are our staff with delivering PDFs instead of handouts
will students find them functional enough to become fluent in them
will teachers be able to make effective use of some very limited but useful content
does a Kindle meet our ereading needs?
"New Kindle leaves rivals farther back." - New York Times

"Amazon's newest Kindle is the best ebook-reading device on the market. It's better than the Apple iPad, the Barnes & Noble Nook, the various Sony readers…" - Fast Company

"Battery life is long enough for space shuttle missions." - Wired

"What's clear, however, is that if you're looking for a standalone e-reader (i.e., a portable replacement for physical books), this is the go-to, standard-setting device." - Engadget

"Its solid build quality, along with its improved design, integrated store, and cross-platform transportability… all add up to a winner that shoots to the head of the pack." - PC World

"Simply put, it's the best dedicated ebook reader you can buy… Amazon has managed to increase the contrast on the Kindle in a way that sets it above the Nook, Sony Readers, or any other dedicated ebook reader we've tested." - PC Magazine Mechanics of the pilot program One class set of Kindles
(costs $3400)
One willing teacher who will attempt to funnel as much course content (handouts and text) through the device as possible
(cost: priceless)
A course that offers an e-text option on a text we're currently looking at buying
A class of students that are willing and able to take on the pilot-iness of something like this (it might not always work perfectly the first time)
opportunities during and after the course to review technical and pedagogical issues around using the devices
the final goal: a more accurate understanding of how ereaders as they currently exist might effectively fit into an educational framework Future school minimal paper use
minimal environmental impact
increased personal access to information
learning opportunities not confined to what is happening within the walls of the school
learning material updated constantly and always current
student centered digital access reduces and/or eliminates vandalism of technology
increased digital literacy in both students and teachers
immediate access by all to shared virtual learning spaces that operate in visual, audial linguistic and mathematical contexts
pushable content from teacher to student, student to teacher and student to student (focusing on collaborative learning)
course content that recieved feedback from student inputs, allowing for intelligent delivery of lessons
less focus on student location and more on rich interaction (less factory based time and location sensitive development of learning) My first go with a livescribe pen! http://www.kno.com The Kno Tablet The Text Book Publishing Industry
"An Industry Ripe For Disruption" http://nextgeneduleaders.blogspot.com/2008/07/e-texts-and-free-texts-are-open.html "Perhaps the reign of ten-pound and hundred-dollar textbooks finally is drawing to an end. Perhaps textbooks soon will go the way of handwritten letters and 8-track tapes." http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090821/0405445956.shtml http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090305/0104523999.shtml "This certainly doesn't mean the end of the traditional textbook, but if the existing publishers follow the footsteps of other industries in trying to resist this disruption rather than adapt to it, expect plenty of angry stories about the evils of internet "piracy," with little recognition that piracy isn't the problem at all." We're on the verge of a market change due to digital distribution, very similar to what happened in the music industry a decade ago. Just as music changed from a manufactured, industrial medium (CDs) to a digital, fluid medium (mp3s), text books (and books in general, but especially texts because of the ludicris overhead) will begin to 'leak' digitally.

As the means to access digital texts becomes more available, the medium will force a change in how distribution occurs. Because (like the music industry before them) the text book publishing industry has a huge industrial infrastructure they have to try and continually justify, they will not adapt to the new means of text transmission. Disruption is immanent and unavoidable. http://temkblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/immanent-disruption.html Electricity draw:
desktop: 150-300 watts
laptop: 40-60 watts
ipad: 20 watts access to web based media production tools
(prezi, googledocs (coming soon at the Board
level, hundreds of others...)
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