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DDESS Expands E-reader Pilot

4 more classrooms to receive Nook Color devices

DoDEA Americas | August 14, 2012

Due to three successful e-reader pilots in DDESS last year, Dr. Curtis decided to expand the pilot for SY 12/13.  In May 2012, a call for proposals was sent out to all DDESS districts inviting proposals for utilizing e-reader technology in schools. We were pleased to receive over thirty proposals, and were immediately impressed with the depth of thought that had gone into the proposals. Our intention was to select several proposals for the 2nd year pilot program to help us learn about the potential of the technology and to get some early feedback to determine if it would help improve reading skills and increase the amount of reading that students do. We have selected four of the proposals to pilot e-reader technology:

  • an 8th grade Language Arts class at Ramey School
  • an ELA resource class at Antilles Middle School,
  • a 6th grade Reading and Language Arts class at Ramey School
  • a 9th grade Honors World History and Literature class at Lejeune High School.

Each of the four classrooms selected will receive Nook Color e-readers with preloaded content on each device. A content management system from Barnes & Noble will allow future content to be centrally managed, but the devices are locked down to prevent additions or deletions by students.  We look forward to reports from the teachers of the pilot programs about how the technology is being used and if it is making a measureable difference in student learning. 

If your proposal for the pilot program was not selected, we want to sincerely thank you for your initiative and research, and encourage you to continue to explore how e-readers might be effectively used in our schools. This technology is rapidly evolving and we see substantial changes every three months or so. We will be seeking additional funding, and we hope to expand beyond our original three pilots. 

Again, congratulations to the four selected pilots and we look forward to reviewing your data to see if the use of e-readers actually increase student success.

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