Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Seeing the Nook As an eReader

Part of the technology I get to introduce to my students is the Nook.  I improved upon my instruction of the Nook from last year (see previous posts). One class period is where the students practice using the most basic functions: turning it on and off, adjusting the volume, locating the library of books, opening books, swiping the pages of the books, going back to the beginning of a book, and finding the way back to the home screen.  

5 rules for the Nook:
1. Hold the Nook with two hands.
2. Always sit down when using the Nook.
3. Turn the Nook screen off when the teacher is talking.
4. Be gentle when tapping the screen.
5. Only use the book or app you have been asked to use.

They also view this video during the first training--

They are provided with some time at the end of the first training to read stories for 15 minutes and then access an app for 5 minutes.

The next step happens during the following class period--students partner up, select a story from the Nook, and answer questions based off their story.  This is to focus in on the Nook being an eReader first--a place for the students to find stories.  Students were really focused and into answering the questions. 

The questions I wanted them to work on answering were:
1. What is the title of this story?
2. Who is the author of this story?
3. Who is the illustrator/photographer of this book?
4. Where does this story take place?
5. What is the main idea of this story?
6. Looking just at the pictures, what other title would you give this story?

Next step is to train them on accessing book sites online so they can explore more reading options.

Video from BNstudio/

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