Light My Fire

I finally received my Kindle yesterday. It’s an awesome product. The technology used to develop the Kindle is amazing; the print is very readable, the download speed is lighting fast, and the ease of use is remarkable.

The first book I downloaded is entitled The No Asshole Rule by Robert I. Sutton. Now, before you think I’m just being rude or funny, you have to realize that this book is found in the business and management section of bookstores. I bought one for my principal for Christmas. I wanted one for myself, but I knew that I would buy it when my Kindle arrived. It is a plain spoken, quite insightful read about assholes in the workplace, how to deal with them, and how to avoid bringing them into your organization. I think it is a must read for all leaders and aspiring leaders.

The Kindle – and devices like it – has potential to change the way we provide texts for our students. It is a pricy product (about $400). However, if you were to do some simple math with your textbook budget, you might find that purchasing a Kindle for every student would be a cost effective measure. For example, the typical high school student is issued at least six textbooks per year. Each textbook costs roughly about $85. Now, how much do those texts (that must be either replaced, rebound, or repurchased) versus a Kindle cost you? The Kindle is far cheaper, allows users to make notes, highlights, and dogears in the text. It weighs as much as an iPod, utilizes Whispernet (cell phone connectivity), and allows for the downloading and playing of audio books. Does your McGraw/Hill contract allow this?

Just dreaming here, but the potential is here – now. Ebsco already issues etextbooks. Can Amazon textbooks be far behind?

Author: Michael Parent, Ed.D

Father, husband, school administrator in NJ. "Education cures poverty".

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