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Amazon Education donates 200 Kindle Fires!

favicon This is a wonderful way to start a week!

Amazon Education has generously donated 200 Kindle Fire HDs and 200 cases to the Kindle Classroom Project. This is one of the largest donations in KCP history!

 

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. favicon

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A flurry of book requests

favicon The Kindle Classroom Project is flourishing. Here’s how I know:

– Kindles are streaming in (~1 a day, on average),
– Students are requesting tons of books.

It’s heartwarming. Students are reading, and they’re reading a lot, and as a result, they’re requesting books at a pace of around five a day.

The KCP Library is up to 406 titles. Here are a few books that students requested today:

Retribution of Mara Dyer   I Am Legend   After

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (requested by Elizabeth), I Am Legend (requested by Leo), and After (requested by Nandini) are all excellent choices. When students have choice, they choose well.

The best part about my promise — that if a student requests a book, I’ll honor that request — is that students spend more time reading. They churn through books, talk about them, and build a robust reading life.

As the KCP grows (~90 Kindles the past three months), the demand for books grows. It’s time to build the Kindle Library to 500 titles and to continue honoring students’ reading interests by providing them with high-quality titles.

Will you help? I’m piloting a cute new donation button. It’s quick and easy and fast and safe (using PayPal competitor Stripe). If you have a credit card, $10, and less than two minutes (it really is fast), please consider buying a book for a student. Here is the button!

[stripe name=”Kindle Classroom Project” description=”Help students love reading again.” amount=”1000″ payment_button_label=”I want to donate $10 to buy a book.” image_url=”http://www.iserotope.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/13-Stack-of-Kindles-e1421308500362.jpg” checkout_button_label=”Donate” enable_remember=”false”]
If you donated (or have already donated — there are many of you), thank you very much! I can’t wait to thank you more formally. If right now is not the right time, I too appreciate your interest in young people and enthusiasm for the KCP.

Update: Mary (Parkersburg, IA), a sustaining donor to the KCP, has contributed again! Thanks for getting this little book campaign started! And thanks, Kate (Oakland, CA) and Michele (San Francisco, CA), too! favicon