Today is even bigger. Huge, in fact. Perhaps enormous.
A donor (who asked not to be named) has contributed 210 Kindle Fire HDX 7s to the program. There are now 511 Kindles in all.
The cash value of the donation is more than $35,000.
This is what the 210 Kindles look like inside my (new) car:
In each of those boxes, there are six Kindle Fire HDX 7s. If you open up one of the boxes, this is what you get inside.
Keep opening and opening, and you get a beautiful reading tablet. (I’m checking out a sample of The Girl on The Train, which is getting good reviews.)
I think, at this point, I’m pretty much speechless. Maybe I’ll have better words in a few days to explain more clearly what has just happened.
But here are a few first attempts:
1. Thank you. Thank you to the wonderful donor, and thank you to the good friend who connected the donor with me.
2. The Kindle Classroom Project is no longer a cute little program. I’m not sure what it is yet, but it’s at least a medium-sized program now.
3. Tablets are different from e-readers. Their additional features push me to think more broadly about next steps. One possibility is to look into audiobooks, particularly for students who have dyslexia or may benefit from professional narration (in addition to reading the text).
Now it’s time to get these Kindles in front of students as soon as possible. To make that happen, there is a ton of work to do. But I can’t wait!