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I just signed the dotted line and committed myself to two years of college to finish up my elementary educator degree with a major as Educational Technology Specialist.  :) All of this will be done online.

What is really cool about this is that most of the text books have been converted to electronic format that I can convert over and load onto my Kindle! 

I was talking with the enrollment counselor when this came up and I told him about my kindle.  He was very interested in it and wondered if it was possible for the college to purchase these to include in the materials for their students!

Pretty cool huh?
 

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I think this makes great sense! It's probably more likely if the course is using materials that are not published by mainstream publishers - seems like the economics of mainstream textbook publishers (where books are obscenely expensive) might deter publishers from being willing to go with e-versions
 

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And congrats on making the commitment to go back & finish up!
 

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Congratulations on your decision!  I hope the electronic texts work well on your Kindle.  That's neat that they're looking at the Kindle for textbooks.  I'm expecting an e-reader that is designed specifically for academic and business use before long.
 

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Congratulations, and I think you've made a very smart move. I think a lot of people could take a page from your ebook.  ;)
 

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I started grad school last fall (after a 30 year break). I have yet to find a text book in Kindle format, or any electronic format, for that matter. I was kinda hoping to use it to keep costs for books under control. No such luck yet. I read somewhere that e-textbooks had a 'shlf-life". That is, you could download it, but after a certain period of time, it would not longer be readable. That would suck. "I'll sell you a cheaper version of this car, but after 6 months, the engine won't work anymore."
 

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Chey,

Not trying to discourage you, but if you haven't yet, I would recommend checking in your area to be sure that they are hiring teachers and that they are planning on doing so a few years from now.

My wife majored in elementary education and I minored in professional education.  We both planned on being teachers.  The semester that I graduated, an announcement was made that they were not only not hiring new teachers, but also they were laying off some already teaching.  They then announced this school year that they have laid off another 160 teachers in our county (all 1st- through 3rd-year teachers). 

That is not to say that everywhere is like this, because there are places hiring.  I live in Florida, and while Florida is not doing well as far as education financing is concerned, apparently Georgia is hiring like crazy.  Just check to be sure. 

Good luck with whatever you decide!  You can never go wrong in furthering your education.
 

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Chey,

Not trying to discourage you, but if you haven't yet, I would recommend checking in your area to be sure that they are hiring teachers and that they are planning on doing so a few years from now.

My wife majored in elementary education and I minored in professional education. We both planned on being teachers. The semester that I graduated, an announcement was made that they were not only not hiring new teachers, but also they were laying off some already teaching. They then announced this school year that they have laid off another 160 teachers in our county (all 1st- through 3rd-year teachers).

That is not to say that everywhere is like this, because there are places hiring. I live in Florida, and while Florida is not doing well as far as education financing is concerned, apparently Georgia is hiring like crazy. Just check to be sure.

Good luck with whatever you decide! You can never go wrong in furthering your education.
Ya.. I know about reductions in staff. I am currently employed as the Technology Coordinator at the school already. We are looking at technology integration into classrooms and there aren't any others there who have a technology degree like I already do. It will only take me 15 months to finalize my educator degree as I have previous attended. This is just an addendum to the job I already have. :) I will just earn a little bit more money, and I can legitimately teach technology to students at the elementary level. :) I don't believe I would totally give up the tech job for full time teaching. I get paid pretty well (in some cases more than teachers) for taking care of the network, software, computers, switches, web site.. etc --- you get the idea. :)

Thanks everyone for the well wishes. Since I will be doing this online, all of the texts have been converted to .pdf versions. I can download them onto my computer and send them to Amazon to be converted over to kindle format. Much of what I will have will be text documents with very little graphs, etc. :) So I can read what I need to read, study, etc with my kindle where ever I happen to be.
 

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Chey said:
So I can read what I need to read, study, etc with my kindle where ever I happen to be.
That is so cool!
 
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