I dislike that suggestion of many posters to provide netbooks to students instead [of Kindles]. I came from a high school with a laptop program. All students had an IBM thinkpad; because they were bought en-mass by the school there was a significant discount and students with financial discrepencies were subsidized. This was the largest mistake made in the school districts history. The laptops were misused and a distraction to the classroom. Even under our secured servor and protected internet connection, we as the student knew how to override the barriers. The focus left from using computers as a learning tool to a competition between students and faculty to maintain restrictions.
Keep it simple. Kindle is wise technology, with just the right amont of access for a classroom setting.— Kelly
Democratic Group's Proposal: Give Every Student a Kindle
Simple is good.
No access to internet is good.
e.g., see: laptopsmackdown: What Are Your Students Really Doing?