Clark Sixth Graders Take Part In E-Book Pilot Program

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Sixth graders in Christine Casale’s class pose with their newly acquired Nooks. Pictured above are:  (Row 1) Ashley Byrne, Leah Cherukara Matthew Diaz; (Row 2) Andre Costa, Joseph DiProfio, Samantha Hayden; (Row 3) Amy Wysocki, Brenner Gull, Gennaro Nigro; (Row 4) Tara Jacobsen, Tyler Kaulfers, Ryan Lakkis, Jessica Lopez; (Row 5) Anthony Caldiero, Taylor O'Connor and (Row 6) Sydney Tropeano, Jordan Fedak (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

Sixth graders in Christine Casale’s class pose with their newly acquired Nooks. Pictured above are: (Row 1) Ashley Byrne, Leah Cherukara Matthew Diaz; (Row 2) Andre Costa, Joseph DiProfio, Samantha Hayden; (Row 3) Amy Wysocki, Brenner Gull, Gennaro Nigro; (Row 4) Tara Jacobsen, Tyler Kaulfers, Ryan Lakkis, Jessica Lopez; (Row 5) Anthony Caldiero, Taylor O'Connor and (Row 6) Sydney Tropeano, Jordan Fedak (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — This past week Carl H. Kumpf’s principal, Jennifer Feeley; assistant principal, Amanda Cloutier; and Supervisor of Language Arts and Humanities, Jennifer Viti were invited to observe two classes of sixth grade reading students receive their own e-book reading device.

As part of a new pilot program at Carl H. Kumpf, Doreen Babis and Christine Casale’s reading classes were chosen to receive Nook Simple reading devices. Clark Barnes and Noble Manager Yinam Chung visited the two classes to demonstrate the Nook’s functions and capabilities.

The district preloaded the e-book versions of the current sixth grade curriculum onto the students’ Nooks allowing for a seamless transition for students and teachers from the traditional hardcover novels to the e-reader technology. The Nook Simple’s capabilities also allow for a smooth transition from conventional pencil and paper note taking to the ability to highlight and type right on the Nook’s touch screen.

Feeley hopes the Nook technology truly enhances the students’ enthusiasm for reading, thus expanding the reading curriculum and increasing the number of books students read throughout the school year. She would also like to see the middle school be able to purchase more Nooks, ultimately allowing every student to have the opportunity to use one during their time at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School.

 


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