It has been three weeks since the last update, and things have definitely slowed down now since the holiday Kindle donating extravaganza. There are no longer daily emails from strangers who want to contribute their Kindles to the collection.
Nevertheless, I’m very happy to report the following updates:
1. Eleven more donated Kindles brings the total to 41.
Last update, the Kindle collection achieved its first full class set. A few days later, the number jumped to 41. This is very impressive!
Susan from Nyack, New York helped the cause by donating her Kindle 2. In her email, Susan wrote that she is a professor at an urban university and that she appreciates the Kindle Classroom Project’s aim to encourage high school students to love reading. Thank you, Susan, for your generous donation!
And then, on Feb. 7, a major shipment from Amazon arrived: 10 new Kindles. Take a look at the unboxing video (featuring some students) here! The Kindles came from a DonorsChoose project that a friend (who is staying anonymous!) suggested that I propose. After she got the word out at her company, Zappos, and after the generous donations of other friends and complete strangers, the large project was funded.
2. The Kindle library is close to 200 titles.
Now at 197 e-books, up five more from the last update, we’re inching our way there. I’ve joked before that it seems easier to collect $100 Kindles than it is to gather $10 e-books. Sometimes, that’s true, and that’s why I appreciate all the people who are donating books and growing the e-book library.
After all, the Kindles aren’t enough! The Kindles need books, too.
LeAnne from Fremont came through once again, this time with two more books to complete the Amigas series, a favorite among Latina ninth graders. I am very appreciative of LeAnne’s dedication. She has now donated a Kindle and four books. Very impressive! (I also like that she uses the students’ Amazon wishlist! Feel free to check it out and tell your friends.)
Here are some of the new books in the e-book library:
(I can already hear some of you. “You didn’t have Anne Frank in the collection?” Nope, sorry. There are tons of books that definitely need to be in the library that aren’t there yet. In fact, it gives me the idea publishing the current collection so that everyone can see what’s there. Let me know if you think that would be a good idea.)
3. There are new ways to donate.
Maybe I should give people badges for encouraging their friends to donate to the Kindle Classroom Project! If you’re interested, there are some new ways to contribute:
+ If you click on the bright green button on the top right corner of the blog, which reads, “Buy a Book for My Students!” you can do exactly that. You’ll arrive at an attractive WePay page that will help you make that contribution. Check out all your choices! You can even decide to give money once a day if you’re so inclined!
+ The Iserotope Facebook page (66 likes so far, and counting!) has recently been improved to offer two more ways to donate — one to contribute your Kindle, and another way to buy books.
As always, I really appreciate everybody’s commitment to this project. In a few weeks, one or two more classrooms — this time in San Francisco — will be trying out the Kindles. My hope is for the Kindle Classroom Project to be strong in at least three classrooms by the Fall.
Please let me know your questions, comments, and concerns.