It’s been a whirlwind of a Winter Break for the Kindle Classroom Project. Some highlights:
– I counted Kindles (226 on Christmas, now 233),
– I tracked where the Kindles have come from (including 29 states),
– Teacher Kathleen Large and I prepped 60 Kindles for her students in SF,
– The KCP has a new online business card,
– There’s a new book request form and a new books completed form for students,
– The KCP received a $2,000 donation from DSW (Saratoga, CA),
– There’s a new, super super easy and safe way to donate to the KCP,
– The Kindle Library is now updated and on Goodreads,
– The KCP was featured in an Edutopia interview,
– There’s a new application for prospective KCP teachers.
If I do say so myself, that’s not bad! So, what’s next up?
It’s pretty clear: 2015 will be the year of the Kindle Library.
The KCP is as good as its books. The Kindles are wonderful, and they’re obviously necessary, but unless the Kindles have good books, there’s no reading. There’s no magic. (Magic is good.)
I am very proud of the current Kindle Library. Thanks to generous donors, it includes 380 high-quality titles that are accessible to all 233 students. The library has books that students want to read. Like these:
But I’m confident that the Kindle Library can get bigger and better. In 2015, I want to build the library to 500 titles. There will be two ways:
– Continue honoring my promise to students: If they want to read a book that is currently not in the Kindle Library, I’ll buy it for them.
– Introduce new high-quality books that students may not know about yet.
I would like to invite you to help build the Kindle Library in 2015. A $10 donation means a student gets a new book he or she wants to read.
Even better: The book never gets lost or worn, and it automatically becomes available to all 233 students in the KCP.
Donating takes less than a minute. (You can even be advanced and become a monthly supporter.) There’s an enormous button right here for you to click. Do you see it? It’s right here, ready for clicking.
(If you’d like other ways to donate, please visit the Contribute page.)
With your help, raising the $1,200 in 2015 to push the Kindle Library up to 500 titles will not be an insurmountable challenge.
As always, I want to thank all the generous donors to the Kindle Classroom Project. It’s simply unfathomable to think how much growth there has been the past two years. Thank you again, and Happy New Year!