Planning and Implementation of a Small-Scale 1-to-1 Pilot Program for Using E-Readers in Elementary School Classrooms

Margaret L. Rice (The University of Alabama, USA), Deborah Camp (Hoover City Schools, USA), Karen Darroch (Hoover City Schools, USA) and Ashley FitzGerald (Hoover City Schools, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 31
EISBN13: 9781466648333|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4237-9.ch002
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Abstract

A P-12 school district implemented a pilot program providing e-readers to 45 students in a 4th and a 5th grade class. The school district administrators’ goal was to determine whether it would be feasible for the district to provide technological devices to individual district students for use at school and home, beginning with a small pilot. If the pilot proved successful, the devices would be provided to additional students throughout the district. The first step was the selection of the devices. After conducting research, the Nook from Barnes & Noble was selected. Issues to be addressed included inappropriate use of Nooks by students and parents, teachers’ and students’ learning the nuances of the devices, dropped network connections, students’ forgetting to bring Nooks to school, and unrealistic parent expectations for teacher use. This chapter informs readers of successes, problems, and lessons learned from the planning and implementation of the pilot program.
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