The St. Petersburg Times is reporting this, and I got a call from their fact checking department about it yesterday. Unlike some schools which are doing limited trials, the high school wants to replace textbooks for all students in all grades – school wide. This would mean 2.100 Kindles. The article says that a final device hasn’t been picked, but the school is negotiating with Amazon now. Already, ereaders have been issued to all 100 of the school’s teachers.
John Just, assistant superintendent for the district’s management information systems, said Kindle officials told the district that no other high school had embarked on such an effort. Schools elsewhere have used e-readers, but mostly on a per class basis. A Massachusetts boarding school recently made waves by completely digitizing its library. … At first blush, the expense appears a savings over traditional textbooks. Books can cost between $70 and $90 each. A typical high school student would have about seven.