Nexus 10 Android Tablet Review for School Libraries

Mrs. J in the Library

I'm Collette J., a full-time elementary teacher-librarian, blogger, and mama from Pennsylvania. I love technology, books in any format, makerspaces, and all things Harry Potter. The information and opinions represented here are my own and are not the views and opinions of any business or organization.

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3 Responses

  1. Kathy Kuhn says:

    I am very grateful to have found your blog, because I am a first year librarian and am very interested in purchasing a number of tablets for our library, but face the same dilemma you have been discussing. I have a question for you though ~ what is your opinion of the Nook HD+ ? I have already purchased 4 of these, and so far they have been very good, but I am reluctant to proceed because no one else seems interested in them. What I DO like is that they can very easily be password protected, so students cannot go on the web unless I allow it (right now they are out on library tables with educational games and sample books – and the kids LOVE THEM). Also, each Nook can have 5 separate “profiles” so I could set them up for different grade levels. Can you tell me some negatives? Thanks for your thoughtful articles!!

    • Collette J. says:

      I don’t have any experience with the Nook HD+ devices, but I do have an older model Nook Color and 20 Nook ereaders. Unfortunately, I’m regretting going with Barnes and Noble, because I think as a company they are in deep trouble. Their financial reports have been dismal for about a year, and they don’t seem to be making the necessary changes to keep up in a digital world. For that reason, my very personal opinion is that I can’t recommend a B&N device for schools at this time. (Check out The Digital Reader blog on the Blogroll for more info on that issue.) With that said though, it’s possible that another company might buy the Nook side of B&N and make it profitable again. Of course, that’s completely conjecture, but anything can happen. Right now, I don’t think committing to a B&N device is sustainable.
      You’re right about the “profiles” being nice, though. I haven’t tested it myself, but I think the Nexus 10’s can have several profiles too, and I think so can the Nexus 7’s. Not positive, but I’m still learning more about the new KitKat operating system. I’ve also been looking for a parental-control type app that at least locks down the Play Store and Settings. The rest of it, I don’t mind the students having access to. Our district set up a separate heavily-filtered Guest network that anyone can use without a password…that has alleviated much of my concerns about students going online without direct supervision. They can’t get to much that’s inappropriate or controversial via the Guest network. At the end of the day, though, how students are using the tablets is a matter of classroom management and students knowing the expectations for tablet use. We want them to build self-regulating behaviors, and that means teaching students to use technology wisely and appropriately in school, including choosing their own appropriate content. I hope that helps you a bit as you start up your tablets, and I wish you luck!

  1. November 29, 2013

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