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Working with young children is something I feel very fortunate to be able to do each day. The best part of my day is being able to share great stories with my students. They love when they see me walk in with a large, plain, brown bag. They know it is filled with new treasures from the local, independent bookstore. My 2nd-graders not only love the rich stories we share together, they become...
Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom, a collection published by the Digital Media + Learning Research Hub, is now available as a free PDF or eBook. This collection, unique in its focus on in-school work, explores the principles of Connected Learning exemplified in classroom practice through the curation of pieces from our Digital Is site. Below is an excerpt from the Foreword by Kylie...
Finally, we think about the possibilities afforded by interactive ebooks.   INTERACTIVE EBOOK FEATURES AND EXAMPLES To return one more time to Avi Itzkovitch's thoughts on ebooks, he defines interactive ebooks as "apps designed specifically to utilize the powers of tablets to enable users to interact with the storyline in sight, sound, and touch." There are a variety of interactive ebooks...
Here we look at ebooks with increasing levels of interactivity, first exploring enhanced ebooks. ENHANCED EBOOK FEATURES As Avi Itzkovitch describes them, enhanced ebooks “are a new digital publication standard that allows easy integration of video, audio, and interactivity.”  This can include options such as richer annotation features, quizzes, audio and video content, and links to supplemental...
We are heading into the world of e-reading, considering what it might mean for us as digital writers and readers. Here, we explore functionality made available to typical ebooks. EBOOK FEATURES These books can be as simple as a PDF document, or they can be comprised of "flowable" text that allows for font size adjustment. Probably the most common formats for  ebooks are the Kindle and iBooks...
8316078699_184573b1e7_q.jpg All rights reserved. By now -- in fact, right now -- there is a very good chance that you are reading text on something smaller than a typical computer screen, perhaps your smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. And, that means that the opportunity to interact with this text has, quite literally, come straight to your fingertips. While...
As eBooks and immersive, web-based texts continue to proliferate, many of us still wonder how to approach this type of reading, both for ourselves and our students. Even as librarians, teachers, and readers debate the quality, availability, and just plain fun of ebooks, we know that more and more of our students are experiencing them. In this collection, we explore a variety of formats for and...
(This is reposted from my blog) Like many of you, I am sure, I remember saving money in college by buying used books. I really hated the concept of using someone else’s books for class because I always wanted a pristine copy of the textbook or novel that I could mark up as I saw fit. Instead, I had to deal with someone else’s version of main ideas and interesting points highlighted in (mostly)...