Category Archives: ebooks

Bookshare Turns 10!

I have to admit I don’t use Bookshare at this point in time, but it is a wonderful service and option for many students who need books in alternate formats.  They are celebrating their 10th Anniversary and are sharing some … Continue reading

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Click to Read – Aimee Solutions #spedchat #spedtech

I have written before about Aimee Solutions and love all the products they have offered.  While they continue to offer their Take and Teach Language kits, they are adding more to their catalog.  These ladies who are a technology facilitator, speech … Continue reading

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#AppMonday – PicPocket Books



While I’m still eagerly awaiting the release of the Blio ereader, until then let’s check out PicPocket Books.  They have a great line of book apps for your iPhone or iPod Touch & will probably work on the iPad, although I haven’t seen any information on them being optimized for it yet.  There are 27 titles and they even have some in Spanish. All the titles include Text-to-Speech, text highlighting as it is read, and some even have interactive features.  The books are fun to read, and PicPocket Books has a mix of original books to classics.  They are quite reasonable at $.99-$3.99 per book.  Check some out today!

Patrick

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Laughing out loud or how the internet helps me maintain a balance in life

In my last post, I suggested that students  spending 53 hours on the new media, mainly the internet, was too much of a good thing.  I argued that spending that much time on-line would lead to a totally unbalance life.  Tracy and MIrjan’s comments caused me to pause and reflect on my own life and the balance I  strive to achieve.  Let me tell you, it didn’t take long for me to start LOL.

Here’s why I started laughing out loud at myself.

  • I love to read books, magazines, newspapers, cereal boxes etc.  Now I download books, newspapers, and magazines from the net and read them on my laptop, netbook or iPod.
  • I’m always behind in my reading. So many books and so little time.  Now I catch up on my reading by listening to ebooks I download. (No more excuses about using the elliptical trainer boring)
  • I love doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles.  Now I down load jigsaw puzzles and do them on my laptop or netbook.
  • I love listening to the radio. Now I listen to it  on my laptop, netbook or iPod.
  • I love trivia so I was always consulting my set of encyclopedias.  Now I ask google my questions and download the answers.
  • I love to knit but find it difficult to find patterns I like in my local yarn shop.  Now I find patterns I like on-line  and  download them.  Many of the patterns are free.
  • I find shopping mostly a frustrating experience so now I do more and more  of my shopping  on-line.
  • I love learning new things so I’m forever downloading podcasts and videos.

Are you laughing out loud with me yet?

Those are just the things I do on-line that aren’t work related.  I spend hours on line looking for ways to engage my more reluctant/struggling students.  I’ve downloaded all kinds of teaching tools and learning tools. I spend writing this blog and reading many others.

Tracy suggested I consider the new media in all its  forms as part of students’  lives and not something  separate from their lives,  something that takes away from their lives or something that creates a huge imbalance in their lives.  I guess I’d have to say that the new media is a really big part of my life, a really valuable tool that helps me keep my life balanced.

LOL!!!

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Products for a Tablet?


Last week I published that this year might be the year of “The Tablet”, and with the Consumer Electronics Show just ending there are no end to the number of Tablets that have been introduced. While none of them have all the features that the Mythical Apple Tablet might have, they are fully featured devices. One software piece that is needed is an e-reader. There are e-book readers, Stanza, Kindle for iPhone, Barnes & Noble e-reader, etc… they all lack certain features – text-to-speech, highlighting to name a couple.

Well, that all changes with Blio. Developed by Ray Kurzweil, creator of Kurzweil 3000 and pioneer in Optical Character Recognition, synthesizers, and lots of other things, Blio is a full color, full featured e-book reader (to be released in February)! Here are some posts on Blio:

First Look
Blio e-book reader
Interview with Ray Kurzweil

Some of the features include:
*multiple platform support – iPhone/iPod Touch, PC (sorry no Mac at this time), mobile devices, netbooks, etc…
*Full Color – it looks like a book, not just text like the Kindle
*embedded graphics, hyperlinks & video!!
*Text-to-Speech, with word highlighting
*adjustable font size & reading speed
*insert notes, drawing, images, video, or recording into your text
*over 1,000,000 free books available
*synchronization between platforms – so where you left off on your iPhone is updated to your laptop!

This software alone could make “The Tablet” a success. I can only imagine a world where every student has a tablet that they can customize, and use on a regular basis to read and help them! Blio could completely change the way we read books. I can imagine so many possibilities for this software and devices like “The Tablet”! I can’t wait to see what happens!

Patrick

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