Tonight I borrowed the Kindle Fire
HD from a colleague involved the RGC device trial. I’m actually more impressed with it than the Windows RT devices and Google Chromebook, yet at just over £120 it is by far the cheapest device.
As a teaching device it lacks a camera, but can connect to a projector via its mini HDMI cable. The books can be read out loud using the built in text to speech converter (sadly missing from the Kindle app for other devices). The 7″ screen is sharp and the selection of apps good. I was pleased to find the WordPress app for example!
The variety of office apps available make document creation on the go a breeze and I really like the Skydrive app for synchronising files with other devices. I’m about to see how many podcasts are available through Amazon’s version of android. This could be a great device for pupils to take typed notes on but without microphone or camera it isn’t going to be sufficient for staff use to augment learning and teaching.
A really nice surprise though after the frustration of Windows RT.
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