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Kindle Fire HD 8 Annotating

For Christmas my father sent me the new Kindle Fire HD 8. He and I spend a lot of time reading and talking about reading together. He loves his Kindle and wanted to be sure I had one that worked.

My old Kindle hadn't been working for a while, but I hadn't noticed much because I'd been back to buying books. As a teacher, I tend to like to buy books so I can share my copies with someone after I read them. I do love the power of the Kindle, though, with its ability to let me carry many books at the same time in one thin volume.
I also love this Kindle Fire which allows me access to Goodreads––where I can instantly add my recently read books to my yearly list and Evernote––where I can store some ideas I have for teaching or anything else as I am reading.

The Kindle Fire feature that really blows me away, though, is the highlighting and note taking one. As I was reading Pernille Ripp's new book Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration, I began highlighting text that struck me in one way or another. I also started adding notes throughout the text when I had good ideas for ways to implement these new ideas.
In the past, I would have put the Kindle down after reading the book and thought to myself, "Well, that's it, I can't share any of this and I can't lend the book out." But for some reason, I decided to see if there was a way to look at everything I'd highlighted and sure enough, there was. I clicked the three dots that have come to signify "more actions" and found that I could export all of my highlighted text (up to 10% of the book according to copyright rules) to my Evernote notebook.

Then when I went into Evernote to plan for my week, I opened up the document and behold:











This is so helpful to me as these are the things I chose to take away from Ripp's book and my intentions for using them in my classroom. I am a digital thinker by nature, so this is much more useful to me than a notebook filled with my handwriting.

This is making me consider ways of helping my students use Kindles in their work. This could help them understand how note-taking and annotating might not be the chore they currently consider it to be.

This is probably not how my 75 year old father is using his Kindle, but I appreciate that our reading worlds have collided in yet again an intellectually positive way.

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  1. This just may be the push I need to ask for a Kindle for my birthday...or just buy one for myself for no other reason than the fact that it's so useful!

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  2. I am considering selling my iPad and getting a Kindle Fire. What do you think?

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    1. Hmm, tough call. I think I might go for a mini-ipad if you have the money. I had to figure out the android stuff. That said, they do all work well together and I spend more time on books than I do surfing the net on an iPad.

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