Redefining the Classroom

iPads, Nooks, Nexus 7's and Kindles

Have you wondered what the big deal is about these devices?

Considered buying one, but not sure if it's for you?

The library has a few of these devices to loan. The loan period for each tool is two weeks, with a possibility of renewal. Each tool has a variety of apps that we hope will show you what that tool can do. For more information, to check one out, or to get on the waiting list, call Ruth Neveu (x2124), or send an e-mail to

How it works...

The library has two New iPads (3rd Generation), two Nexus 7's, a Nook HD and a Kindle Fire HD. Students and employees can check out one of the devices for a two week period (one device at a time). Each gadget comes with a few apps, similar to what we hope a typical user would install on the tool if it were their own. This will let you see if you like the device, and see if the tool can do the things you think it will, before you actually buy it. Maybe you can't decide between the devices that are available--this will give you an opportunity to use each, so you can make a more informed decision. We even have some books available on these devices.

The official policy

About the devices

We purchased these products in October/November of 2012. At the time, they were the best product each of the companies offered in that screen size. They all feature a long battery life, are a comfortable size to carry and use, allow you to browse the web and e-mail through WiFi, and allow you to download apps to play games (Angry Birds, anyone?) and accomplish tasks. The Kindle and Nook are enhanced e-readers, based on the Android platform, and cost us approximately $200. The Nexus 7 is also Android based, and allows you to do the same things the Nook and Fire do, but offers even more apps to choose from. Our Nexus 7 has more memory than the Kindle or Nook, and cost us about $250. The iPads we purchased are third generation, have the minimum amount of memory. Our iPads have no cellular connectivity, but they are the only device of the group that offers that option. Ours cost approximately $500. We can't tell you which will suit your needs the best, but we can lend you one of our tools so you can use it and make your own decision.

The Nexus 7 is an Android based tablet. It's portable, easy to hold, and the battery lasts a long time. With access to WiFi, you can browse the web and check your e-mail. Grab apps from the Google Play store and have the ability to work on a document, watch videos, read books, play games and more.

The iPad is the largest of our lending devices. The iPad has an astounding battery life, and with WiFi and apps, you can read a book, play a game, browse the Internet, create a document and more. We have the third generation of iPad. You can buy an iPad that offers cellular connectivity, for which you need to pay additional charges both for the iPad to have that option, and monthly charges for the connectivity service. Our iPads don't offer this, but of the devices we lend, this is the only one offering this option.

The Nook HD is Barnes & Noble's e-reader, but it can do much more. With a Wifi connection and some apps you can browse the web, check your e-mail, read a book, watch a video or play a game.

And last but not least, the Kindle Fire HD. With a long battery life and easy to hold and carry size, this is a very handy device. It also requires a WiFi connection, from which you can download apps, create and modify documents, play games, read books, and watch videos.