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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

School's Kindle effect: They can't wait to read!



kindlekids.jpgWhen I saw this picture by Melissa Lyttle of these Clearwater High School students excitedly browzing their new Kindles that replaced textbooks this year, my geeky heart went pitter-pat. Look at them so jazzed on reading! I'm sure it's just the new toy at the moment, but I wonder if the side effect of the school handing out 2,000 e-readers instead of textbooks isn't a very clever way of getting the kids excited about browzing a book.

"It will be a weight off my back — literally," said one student, loving the idea she won't have to lug as many as six textbooks around. 

Insurance is offered to students at $20 and $25 to replace the first time, $50 for the second. On the third time, they go back to textbooks. The school notes that parents are still liable like they are now, because a student will not get a diploma if they owe money for a text book.

The world is watching you Clearwater High. Don't blow it.

~ Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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PHOTO: After receiving their Kindles on Thursday, Clearwater junior Emma Foroutan, 16, and seniors Samantha Quintero, 17, Kerri Reed, 17, Nadia Trejo, 17, Sera Jacob, 17, and Della Thankachan, 17, sat in the auditorium trying to figure out how to use them. “I’d rather have this than a million books,” said Reed. [MELISSA LYTTLE | St. Petersburg Times]

[Last modified: Monday, September 20, 2010 9:23pm]


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