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Kindles for Kids

By Nancy Flynn — March 19, 2010 1 min read
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I recently attended an IEP meeting regarding a student whose primary disability is emotional/behavioral disorder, but one who is far below in his reading ability as well. We discussed how his adverse behavior incidents are becoming more frequently related to his frustration with his inability to read grade level books. When the teacher recommends that he read a “just right book,” he becomes defiant and argumentative, insisting that the books she wants him to read are baby books. The argument usually escalates his behavior because he does not want to be seen reading baby books, and sooner or later he finds himself out of the classroom, thus not having to feel ashamed at others seeing him reading at a lower level.

During the meeting, I mentioned that I was reading a book on my iPhone, and wouldn’t it be great if he could read a book at his level on an iPad, iTouch, or Kindle so that no one would know what he was reading? He could read a book at his level without worrying that anyone would see the cover, could set the font at a size he was comfortable reading, and would only have to concentrate on comprehending a paragraph or two at a time. For some kids, this could change their whole attitude towards reading. And how cool for the student to be reading a book on a kindle!

I absolutely love reading on my iPhone. I was skeptical at first, but after traveling I realized it is a great way to transport a 500-page book! The airport terminals have now equipped their armrests with electrical outlets so it’s just plug in and read. You can read when the captain turns out the cabin lights because the iPhone is lit while you are reading. It’s just the greatest thing!

Has anyone had students reading using a kindle? I think it’s worth a try. It’s another case for purchasing those iPads I want so badly.

Nancy Flynn
March 19, 2010

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