A parent would like to buy a book through their personal kindle account that their student would access on their school Chromebook. While on the surface it seems like a reasonable thing to want to do, I imagine there are several reasons why it wouldn't work. Anyone encounter something like this before, or have any insights?
Ideas welcome, thanks!
I always err on the side of getting books in kids' hands, so I wouldn't have an issue with this and allow our students to read on the Kindle app on their computers. I don't believe you can make purchases through the Kindle app itself so that shouldn't be a problem. A few things to think about:
Hope this helps!
Like Heather this is something we've allowed, though it's mostly come up in situations when students have choice of what to read for class and have an audiobook accomodation.
We don't allow outside devices on our network (keeps our network secure) so I would look for an app that can placed on the students device. If I were to go the route of allowing it, I would crave our another network for those devices that I can not control or track.
I wouldn't want to stand in the way of a kid and a book, but I would doublecheck on the privacy policies of the kindle app, especially for a younger reader. If the app collects data (kind of Amazon's thing), then it may be an issue with COPPA compliance. I think there is a way to set a kids profile, but I'm less familiar with the Chromebook app.
I wouldn't want to open up our network for personal devices. Due to security of the school's infrastructure. We do have a guest network but we look at what the students need educationally and make sure their device supports that. I would try to get the school device to work with Kindle app or another option. However, if the book is downloaded on the Kindle the student can read it without internet connection.
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