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  • 1.  Personal Kindle Accounts on School Chromebooks?

    Posted 01-23-2024 02:34 PM

    Hello All, 

    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!


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    K. Kroese
    Tandem Friends School
    Charlottesville VA
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  • 2.  RE: Personal Kindle Accounts on School Chromebooks?

    Posted 01-24-2024 10:11 AM

    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:

    • Compare the difference between the Kindle Web Reader and the Chrome app. I don't have any experience with the chrome app, but the Mac app is easy to use.
    • If you have amazon.com blocked on your network you may need to tweak some settings to give access to the reader. 
    • Is the student on a child's Kindle profile? If not I would encourage that or you might overhear a lunchtime read-aloud of their adult's current favorite harlequin novel. Ha! 

    Hope this helps!



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    Heather Ramsey
    The Fletcher School
    Charlotte NC
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  • 3.  RE: Personal Kindle Accounts on School Chromebooks?

    Posted 01-24-2024 01:16 PM

    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.



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    Lane Young
    The Phillips Brooks School
    Menlo Park CA
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  • 4.  RE: Personal Kindle Accounts on School Chromebooks?

    Posted 01-24-2024 04:20 PM
    Thanks for the input! Are students able to log in to personal accounts on the app?

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  • 5.  RE: Personal Kindle Accounts on School Chromebooks?

    Posted 01-24-2024 02:24 PM

    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. 



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    Beverly Byrd
    Visitation Academy
    St. Louis MO
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  • 6.  RE: Personal Kindle Accounts on School Chromebooks?

    Posted 18 days ago

    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.



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    Scott Davis
    Edu-Tech Academic Solutions
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  • 7.  RE: Personal Kindle Accounts on School Chromebooks?

    Posted 17 days ago

    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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    Beverly Byrd
    Visitation Academy
    St. Louis MO
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