Yorkshire Elementary Kindle program extends student learning beyond classroom instruction
Posted on 11/13/2019
A parent reviews the Kindle device with her children at Yorkshire ESParents and students followed along as Instructional Technology Coach Michele Scheerer, and Parent Liaison Roxanna Chappell walked the group through an informative presentation explaining everything from how to turn the Amazon Kindle on and charge it, to where they could find and navigate the Second Grade Application page.

Yorkshire Elementary’s second Family Engagement Night focused on giving parents a first-hand look at how their children were using the device in class. The event, hosted by the second-grade team and coordinated by Marie Meador, team lead, began with teachers issuing a device to each family in attendance.

Young Yorkshire Elementary student examines the Kindle device.Parents took advantage of the opportunity to play on the Kindles with their students as teachers circulated around the room answering questions and introducing new educational applications, such as EPIC, BrainPOP Jr., PebbleGO, ABCYa, Kahoot, l National Geographic, Sand Draw, and a host of others.

“I really liked the initiative of the Kindles to motivate our children more in their learning and liked the kindness of all the teachers. They were very well-organized in the event and I want them to continue motivating with more activities,” said parent Vilma Lemus.

Over the next 30 minutes, parents and children alike were engaged in exploring the Kindle and test-driving the many applications available. Meanwhile, teachers distributed Kindle permission forms that would allow children to checkout a device for use at home over the weekend, with the stipulation that they are returned Monday morning.

Yorkshre instructors review properties of the Kindle with students and parents.“Some parents lack the experience to provide instruction at home. To address this, the second-grade team developed a way to motivate, inform, and engage parents and students through the use of literacy and math-based apps on the Kindle. We set forth to teach them the basics of Kindle usage and navigation, and we’ve had nothing but positive feedback and results since,” said Meador.