Teaching Notes on the Kindle (and the like)All of the responses to my previous post have been SO helpful to me, ... as I am all that much closer to making a decision.  Now I have a specific...

Teaching Notes on the Kindle (and the like)

All of the responses to my previous post have been SO helpful to me, ... as I am all that much closer to making a decision.  Now I have a specific question for you in regards to teaching via an electronic reader.  I am someone who highlights, underlines, and actually writes my notes in the margins.  This is what I use to teach a novel.  (Even worse, I also sometimes explain myself more fully using the dedication page as a canvas.  LOL.)  Discuss this particular capability in regards to electronic readers.

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teachertaylor | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I have a Kindle also, and I've quickly gotten used to the notetaking and highlighting functions. And I am also one who takes notes in the hard copy books that I teach. I think the key here is to have the same text that your students have--if all of us in the classroom had a Kindle, then the locations would be the same, and we could all follow along. Same with hard copy books--I've been in sticky situations in which my students do not all have the same printed version of a novel, so the page numbers are all different and this is a disaster. It's only okay if everyone has the same text.

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rskardal | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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I have heard of this issue of "page flipping" and "repetitive button pressing" before.  Is it possible to type in a phrase, like let's say, "beautiful shirts" from The Great Gastby and have it find the page?  Perhaps that is a way to circumvent the problem?

Yes, this is possible on the Kindle, and a useful solution for a work that you've prepared and taught several times, like Gatsby. It's a limited solution when the exact phrase isn't so strongly etched in your mind.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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I have heard of this issue of "page flipping" and "repetitive button pressing" before.  Is it possible to type in a phrase, like let's say, "beautiful shirts" from The Great Gastby and have it find the page?  Perhaps that is a way to circumvent the problem?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree with #6. Having a Kindle does mean that you can highlight and make notes on a particular passage, however it is far easier to highlight and make notes in an actual virtual version of the text rather than the electronic version. The search facility is useful in Kindle if you are looking for specific phrases etc but to highlight a proper book is the best! I wouldn't like to teach from just an e-version of a text.

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rskardal | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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I use a Kindle.

I still feel that the printed book is better for notes and highlighting. I find the Kindle's keyboard very slow, and although its cpu is fast enough to turn from one page to the next, it is awkward trying to move, say, five pages back or forward. There is a highlight system, a notes system, and a bookmark system, but I still find it faster to hold onto a book. If I were to teach with the Kindle, I would probably use the "search" function to find phrases like "that which we call a rose by any other name" and so on.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I am able to take highlight and take notes on my Sony ereader, but I still can't imagine teaching from it.  I could see the value of being able to project my markings, but don't think I have that capability.  I would have a very hard time teaching from the reader -- I am sure I am not the only English teacher out here who knows what certain pages look like based on my where my annotations are on the page, and I can direct students to a page/passage by quickly flipping through my book.  This would not be nearly as easy when each page on the reader has to be "turned" one at a time.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I received a Pandigital ereader for Christmas, and it has the capability of highlighting words and/or passages and then adding notes to that particular spot.  While I have not yet done this, I am looking forward to trying it out since I, too, mark my books up and write responses in the margins, underline, and highlight quotes I want to point out to my students.  One of the neat things (I understand) can be done is to bring up the etext on the computer screen so that these notes, hightlighted text, etc. can be projected before the entire class for perusal and discussion.  That will be helpful since my students almost always forget to bring their books to class! 

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The iPad has an app that allows you to dictate to it with voice recognition software.  It's not awesome, but it's not bad either.  The copy/highlight/paste function is easy and the screen is super sensitive.  There is a keyboard that comes up on the screen for typing notes and the key icons are pretty large and easy to use.  I haven't tried taking notes on it as of yet, but think it would be pretty easy.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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From what I've read, Kindle and others have note-taking capacities.  There are lots of forums out there where these things are discussed in depth.

For example, try looking at the following links:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71509

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/taking-notes-and-cutting-clippings-on-your-kindle.html

The second of these links is more recent.  The other one gives more people's opinions.  Good luck!

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