Inspiring young readers
If you are still having trouble mastering the Kindle you got for Christmas, there are some second graders at Petsworth Elementary School who can help you out with that.
Petsworth teacher Sharon Carino is utilizing the portable electronic book, or "e-book," readers in her classroom and finding it helps get her pupils interested in, and excited about, reading.
Carino’s students, and other students at Petsworth, also utilize another tech device called a Neo. The Neos were introduced by the school division technology department a couple of years ago and have been used by some teachers. Twenty-five of the units fit on a portable cart and teachers sign up for their use.
The Neo has a keyboard and a small screen, and is primarily used for word-processing. It can also be used with the Accelerated Reader program and Carino additionally uses a math program and the responder feature with her students. Her students enjoy working with the Neo, but it’s the book-sized Kindle that really seems to draw the children to the fundamental exercise of reading.
Obtaining Kindles for her classroom was an obstacle, but Carino made a pitch for their use and eventually got six of them. Four were purchased with grant funds obtained by her, a parent donated one and a retired teacher donated another.