Last week’s episode of The Highlighter podcast was very popular — there were more than 120 listeners. What a great way to start!
I just published the fourth episode, and I’m pretty excited about my conversation with Humanities teacher Marni Spitz. If you’re a fan of Iserotope, you’ll know that Marni is a contributor to TEACHER VOICES. Now she’s a podcast star, too.
In this episode, Marni and I chatted about “Youth From Every Corner,” an excellent article from last week’s digest. As a teacher, Marni knows firsthand how marginalized students of color face the unfair challenge of being labeled as failures even when offered opportunities to gain power in our society.
The Highlighter Podcast is becoming a real thing! In this week’s episode, I chat with East Bay artist and art teacher Heidi, who flips the script and asks me questions, rather than the other way around.
It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to speak with Heidi.
Please check it out, and feel free to leave your comments about the episode below! Also, if you like the show, please subscribe via Apple Podcasts (or by searching for “The Highlighter” on other podcast catchers.)
I am very grateful to Alicia (San Mateo, CA), who connected me in February with representatives at Amazon. After several conversations, the team at Amazon Education in Seattle followed up and completed the gift.
The Kindles and cases arrived on Friday and are ready to be processed, assembled, registered, and delivered to students next month!
The devices will go to students at Envision Academy in Oakland. Last year, the school ran a very successful reading program, with every student having the chance to read on a Kindle. With these new devices, I look forward to deepening our partnership this year.
One big benefit of this donation is that it means that students and teachers at Envision Academy will not have to learn how to use various types of Kindles. Even though Kindles are relatively easy to navigate, it’s better if everybody is using the same version.
Additionally, because Fires come with color touch screens and speakers, students will have access to all of the features that the Kindle affords, including text-to-speech.
Thank you again to the team at Amazon Education! This is a huge day for the Kindle Classroom Project, and I really appreciate your enormous contribution.
Many of you like and subscribe to The Highlighter, the weekly email digest that includes my favorite articles on race, education, and culture.
If you don’t know what The Highlighter is, you’re missing out! Please check it out and subscribe here!
But that’s not the point of today’s post. Today I’d like to introduce a new feature, The Highlighter podcast. It’s pretty exciting.
Here’s today’s episode. Take a listen! (It’s about 4 minutes long.)
It’ll be fun to figure out where the podcast goes from here. My first thoughts are to interview loyal subscribers to the digest and to talk about articles they like. But you never know. Maybe if things get big, I’ll reach out to authors (sort of like the Longform podcast, which is excellent) and chat with them.
Imagine my joy when I received an email message a few days ago from Michael Gallagher, who runs the extremely popular blog Free Kindle Books & Tips (fkbt.com), with more than 125,000 regular readers.
Mr. Gallagher was reaching out because he was writing a post to encourage his readers to donate their used Kindles. Would the Kindle Classroom Project be interested in being featured?
I said, Of course!
Little did I know that the KCP was going to be Mr. Gallagher’s exclusive recommendation for his readers’ used Kindles — that is, until I read the post early this morning. Please take a look! It’s entitled, “Donate Your Used Kindle.”
I’m very grateful for the post. Mr. Gallagher does an excellent job introducing his readers to the KCP and offering ways they can learn more. It is evident that Mr. Gallagher has built a strong readership that focuses on helping people make their Kindle experience better, including being informed of the best free and discounted books. I recommend that you check out the blog, and if you’re interested, subscribe to the FKBT daily email digest.
Update: Less than 12 hours since FKBT’s post went live, five people have already submitted their Kindles for donation. I’ve changed the Donate Kindle form so that FKBT readers can let me know how they heard about the KCP. I have a feeling that the Kindle Classroom Project is going to be expanding as a result of Mr. Gallagher’s generosity. Thank you!
I like to read a lot: books, articles, and everything in between. Since 2012, I’ve published some of my favorite articles on education on Iserotope and talked about them. Then I began bundling the articles into a collection, Iserotope Extras, that readers could access anytime. (This led to this screencast, which demonstrated my extreme enthusiasm about the new feature.)
A few years later, in 2015, Iserotope Extras migrated to a weekly email digest, published every Thursday morning. In addition, the scope of Extras broadened to include articles on race, education, and culture.
The digest has been growing since then. The first issue had just two subscribers, and 80 issues later, there are 115 readers (slow and steady, similar to the Kindle Classroom Project). The digest is alive and well.
I’m therefore happy to announce that Iserotope Extras is now The Highlighter. Take a look at the new nameplate!
Every week, I highlight 4-6 articles that I think you’ll love. Coming soon, you’ll be able to see my highlights to these highlighted articles. (Here’s a sample.) The long-term idea is not only to share high-quality writing but also to invite you to read these articles with me, as part of an “article club,” or a nonfiction reading community.
If you’re not yet a subscriber, check out last week’s issue, or take a look at the archives. You can sign up at either place! If you are already a subscriber, thank you, and please leave your comments here!