Excited to announce Kindle Kids Corner eBook Review Blog with Kindle Nation Daily

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Mrs. Betty Shiver, Westwood's curriculum director and I been working on this project with Stephen Windwalker, the Kindle Nation Daily ebook guru. (See eBook Revolution where I recommended his blog.) We “met” sometime in February through an email. He writes my “go to” blog for free ebooks and reviews.
Those of you who follow me know that first (like Julie Lindsay and I did with Flat Classroom) we start SMALL and work out the issues and plan for scalability and then move to add a few more before we move to large-scale scalability. (i.e. 800 kids on a wiki project like we do w/ Flat Classroom.) 

I expect this will be the same. So, follow the blog (http://kids.kindlenationdaily.com) and send it to your friends and librarians. For now, I encourage you to have your students post their own review of the book as a comment or ask questions of the students who wrote the review. Let's get the conversation between kids, librarians, and teachers going about books. When we scale, people who have participated and show their adeptness with online media may be a factor. (Face it – blogs are blocked in many schools so we need to know if you can converse.
If you are interested in participating in the future, please fill out  this form.It is great to see people who are interested having content from real students and I know others have done this but I guess it is my time to “learn how.”

For immediate release
Kindle Nation Daily and Local School Announce Launch of New “Kindle Kids’ Corner” Blog to Help Kids Find Great eBooks
Camilla, Georgia USA (March 7, 2011) — Camilla, Georgia school, Westwood Schools and Kindle Nation Daily blogger Stephen Windwalker announce a cooperative effort to launch the Kindle Kids Corner Book Review blog  (http://kids.kindlenationdaily.com). Westwood Students in grades 2-8 will be writing bi-weekly book reviews for Windwalker’s Kindle Kids Corner, a spinoff for kids from his popular Kindle Nation Daily blog targeted to adults.
“One thing many of us love about the Kindle is that it instantly expands the number of books at our fingertips from whatever we have in our homes or our school libraries to, literally, millions,” said Windwalker. “With the launch of the Kindle Kids’ Corner blog, we’re hoping that kids will help other kids find entertaining and appropriate ebooks and get a little writing experience in the process.” 
Westwood Schools technology program, led by leading educational blogger, Vicki Davis (Cool Cat Teacher Blog – http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com), has received many awards for their global collaborative efforts including the Flat Classroom project featured in Thomas Friedman’s book The World is Flat, and the NetGenEd project coordinated with Leading author, Don Tapscott. Vicki’s blog has received numerous awards including the 2008 International Edublog Award for Best Teacher blog and is co-author of a book on global collaboration in the classroom to be published by Pearson Publishing in January 2012.
“As we move to bring leading global collaborative efforts of all kinds to every student at Westwood, this is a natural progression for us,” says Davis. “We want our students to actively use social media to improve their lives and the lives of others and blogging is a unique form of writing distinct from the traditional essays written in classrooms.”
    Ross Worsham, Headmaster, says, “The Internet is an incredible opportunity for our rural students to shine both nationally and internationally. We may play for state in Football but in our technology program our playing field is the world.”

    This program will be led by curriculum director, Betty Shiver and piloted by middle school teacher, Deana Rogers and elementary teacher, Andrea Stargel. The first posting was from student Dru F. about the book The Last Night by Hilari Bell.

    Windwalker, a former teacher, brick-and-mortar bookseller, and publishing executive, began writing books and blog posts about the Kindle the first week it was launched in November 2007, and his Kindle user’s guide was the number-one bestselling book in the Kindle Store in 2008. Kindle Nation Daily is located on the web at http://www.kindlenationdaily.com/ and Windwalker can be reached via email at kindlenation@gmail.com.
Westwood Schools is a private K-12 school located at 255 Fuller Street in Camilla, Georgia where “every child is a winner.” The school was founded in 1971. For information, call (229) 336-7992 or visit www.westwoodschools.org. 
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For more information on the Kindle Kids Corner blog, contact kindlenation@gmail.com

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Ab March 15, 2011 - 11:22 pm

I think that this is a great idea to get students involved with literature. Too many students don’t enjoy reading or have a hard time finding books they want to read, but with the Kindle Kids Corner, the task of finding books will be made easier. Plus, kids are probably going to be more excited about reading a book suggestion from a fellow student versus coming from a teacher.

coolcatteacher March 16, 2011 - 5:12 pm

This project is just wonderful on our end. We’re teaching audience, setting, genre much more deeply and spending one on one time with students. I hope we can expand and see many reviews come through and perhaps some other schools join in!

Merritt D. March 16, 2011 - 6:46 pm

Thank you for the opportunity to work on reviews for this famous website! I’m very exited that my reading will help benefit others with my reviews! I really appreciate this great experience! I’m very excited about all of this! Thanks again!
Merritt D.

coolcatteacher March 16, 2011 - 6:49 pm

You have done an excellent job and I believe your review is going up next week! You’ve done a tremendous job on your review and I’m excited about what ebooks and blogging can do for our middle and elementary schools.

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