Everett schools going high-tech with electronic books




Posted on September 22, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 22 at 8:10 AM

EVERETT, Wash. -- A new school year means new books and reading requirements. But in one school district, students are going high-tech with electronic books.

Last year, Everett High School starting offering nooks in their library and it was a huge success. Now the district is bringing e-reading to its middle school students at Gateway.

Through the district, Gateway Middle School was able to buy a couple dozen Nooks. On the first day, all the Nooks were checked out in less than 5 minutes.

Something librarians, like Deb Payne, see as a positive sign, that e-reading can be another way to attract kids to read and learn.

"I see a place for both. I don't think we'll see print go away entirely because some people prefer them, as a librarian I want to provide options and this is going to be dated technology tomorrow so I want to be cutting edge," said Payne, Everett High School librarian.

Middle school students can check the Nook out for two weeks. In that time, the school is encouraging parents to get involved by selecting books to read with their child.

"It's way cooler because it's like because I like to be entertained a lot. It's like you're reading a book and you're playing on an electronic device at the same time," said Erica Lane, Gateway Middle School student.

Librarians said one benefit is the convenience of downloading a variety of books quickly.

For students, they can highlight, look up words and take notes on the tablets.

Teachers are working with manufacturers to be able to download textbooks on to the electronic devices in the future.