Clearwater High School uses Whispercast to manage thousands of Kindle devices
"Our hope was that by engaging our students with technology we could encourage and improve student achievement" says Andy Shaw, coordinator for the Clearwater High School Kindle program in Pinellas County, Florida.
The first set of Kindle devices were funded by capital outlay funds for new school equipment and a second set funded later by the PTA. Now in their second year of an extensive 1:1 Kindle program in conjunction with state standards and approved curriculum, Clearwater High has provided over 3,628 Kindle devices to their 9th -- 12th grade students, using Whispercast to distribute content.
Today, teachers like Russ Denton, Social Sciences, are noticing the difference -- "The great thing is [students] don't realize it. They are learning, reading, comprehending, and analyzing information... all thanks to the online content available through Kindle."
It's not just the students who are benefiting from Kindle. In addition to the breadth of contemporary curriculum content available direct from Amazon, teachers are tapping into Kindle's extensive library of free books and documents, like the U. S. Constitution and the Federalist Papers, to supplement coursework and broaden lesson plans. "I've been able to download handouts, pacing guides, and study guides to the kids' Kindles," says Clearwater teacher Elizabeth Balcombe, describing her experience with Whispercast.
With Whispercast, Clearwater is able to provide personalized reading experiences and manage the content requirements for its over 2,000 individual students. Students are reading, and can take all of those books wherever they go. As a high school junior put it, "I can have more than one book with me at all times."