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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 12/06/2012



  • Amazon is adding more benefits to the Kindle app and Kindle fire -- the cost of content. "Amazon.com Inc. plans to announce Wednesday that the Kindle FreeTime Unlimited service will be available in the next few weeks as part of an automatic software update. Amazon said subscribers will have access to "thousands" of pieces of content, though the company did not give a specific number. Kids will be able to watch, play and read any of the content available to them as many times as they want. Parents can set time limits, however. The service, aimed at kids aged 3 to 8, will cost $4.99 per month for one child. It'll cost $2.99 per child for members of Amazon Prime, the company's premium shipping service. Amazon Prime costs $79 per year for free shipping of merchandise purchased in the company's online store."

    tags: education news Amazon ebook

  • It is tough to get to attached to a particular platform, however, this write up gives you specifics about Chrombooks. What kids are most excited about is the integration with Google apps and that type of collaborative opportunity should be part of what we set up for our students. "Now that we all have chromebooks, I think I have seen more responsibility among the students. Rarely, does someone forget to bring their chromebook to class. It has taught me how to become more responsible and take care of something that is worth more than your pen and pencil. To me, the major and most helpful difference in having a chromebook is Google Docs. The ability to be able to write, save, and share a document all online is remarkable. You can’t lose what you have written because your document is automatically saved. It is easier for teachers to help you with your writing because now they can directly comment on your paper. You can collaborate more with your peers when you share a document with them and can work on it at the same time. It can also benefit teachers because there isn’t the excuse anymore of that “I didn’t print it”, or “my computer wasn’t working”. Teachers can now see exactly what the student did to the document and at what time they made any changes. "

    tags: education news chromebook

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