It's been busy in the media center since the open house. So busy, in fact, that I've neglected to post updates as promised. We had a very successful book fair, raising more than $600 to be used to purchase reading incentives and books. I've had several colleagues call and email since the open house to ask questions about our eReading program. (I have to say again that our open house was a huge success! I wish we could have one every year!) I tuned in to a webinar on BYOD this week and listened to information on managing digital devices brought from home. One nearby school is purchasing more than 200 Nooks for students next year! That's exciting!
Ben Meyers (Follett representative) worked with our technologist Mike Robbins at open house to import student data into Follett Shelf. This means our students can now login and check out eBooks we've purchased through Follett on their electronic devices. If you have an iPad, there is already a Follett Shelf App! This morning, J.C. Barb, of Barnes and Noble, came by to "test drive" the Nook Color and Follett Shelf. We were able to check out an eBook and read it using the page turn icon at the top of the page. Pages can be turned by swiping a finger across the screen on an iPad, which makes everything so much easier.
For those with Kindle Fire and Nook Color devices, disable pop-ups and read without Flash for now. Turn pages by using a mobile stylus to select the page icon at the top of the eBook. I'm crossing my fingers that Follett will make a deal with Amazon and Nook to develop apps for those devices soon. In the meantime, try out the eBooks on your digital devices this summer! Use your lunchroom number as the user name. Your password is the same one you use to take an AR quiz.
I'm a library media specialist, former newspaper editor and freelancer, who uses technology every day to promote and deliver information about reading, literacy, judging resources, researching and writing.