Good and bad grades for Kindle in college

About 50 students and three professors from Princeton University participated in a study to determine whether the e-book could significantly reduce the amount of paper used for lessons, without affecting the classroom experience. The results are mixed, but interesting!

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United States - About 50 students and three professors at Princeton University took part in a study to determine whether the e-book could help significantly reduce the amount of paper used for classes, without affecting the class experience. The results are mixed, but interesting!

During a whole session, the Amazon Kindle DX replaced the voluminous collections of readable texts from a handful of American universities, including Princeton.

The main advantage is that students reduced their printouts of paper documents by almost 50 %. On the other hand, some students and professors felt limited by the tool. The eSchoolNews online journal report the story.

Among the advantages raised:

- The reduction in the number of prints and photocopies, therefore less paper used;

- The very interesting portability of the device, having everything on one device;

- The tool's contribution to raising awareness of paper consumption;

- The long battery life;

- Wireless connection;

- The possibility of reading without embarrassment in direct sunlight;

- The ability to search the content.

And things to improve:

- The possibilities to highlight passages directly in the books and to take notes on the pages;

- The passage from one page to another, which is not always easy;

- Have the ability to create directories to classify content by subject;

- Have the ability to open two documents simultaneously and be able to easily switch between them for comparison purposes;

- The possibilities of displaying the layout of PDF documents.

If e-books evolved to address the identified shortcomings, then they would have a real future in academia. This is what the director of academic services at Princeton University said in an interview with eSchoolNews.

One of the teachers participating in the project, however, indicated that the Kindle had not had a negative impact and that she was able to teach this class the same way she did with others.

Although the vast majority of study participants said they did not intend to replace their eBook if it ceased to function, almost all said they wanted to follow the evolution of this type of tool to see how it will develop.

By Audrey Miller

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Audrey Miller
Audrey Miller
General manager of École branchée, Audrey holds a graduate degree in educational technologies and a bachelor's degree in public communication. Member of the Order of Excellence in Education of Quebec, she is particularly interested in the professional development of teachers, information in the digital age and media education, while actively creating bridges between the actors of the educational ecosystem since 1999. She is involved these days in particular in Edteq Association and as a member of the ACELF Communications Committee. When she has free time, she is passionate about her children, his rabbits, horses, good wine and... Web programming!

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