Today, one of those ‘just in time’ moments happened in our school library when the student and the book were connected and technology shone.
In this case a student came in to the library duting a class visit wanting a book that was promoted recently during a visit from Bob Docherty of ‘Bob’s Books‘, who is the author of one of the best children’s book review blogs around. Neither the student nor I could remember the name of the book he tried to describe but we quickly found it on Bob’s blog.
I was purchasing books from Wheelers at the time so decided to add the print title to my order. I noticed an EPUB copy was also available so added that in as well.
Now you may be thinking ‘so what’. Well that student moved off, logged in to our Wheelers ePlatform on a library Chrome Book and within a few minutes was happily reading the eBook copy of ‘Albie Bright’ I had just purchased. No downloading necessary, no software required, no need to wait, just reading in the browser. Super fast result.
That, to me, is a successful and satisfying result. The print version will arrive eventually but what a great way to encourage students to read eBooks by providing them with just what they want just at the right time.
Bring your child’s imagination to life with imagistory! A creative storytelling app that encourages anyone to be the storyteller, no matter what your age or language.
Designed for children aged 3 and up, the idea behind the app is simple, using wordless picture books it’s up to you and your child to use your imaginations to create a story with the pictures. The stories you create are recorded and saved so you can listen to them again later and share them with loved ones.
Imagistory provides an entirely new reading experience, not only is it very fun and easy to use, it’s also highly educational! Helping foster creativity, imagination and to develop language and early literacy skills.
The open nature of wordless picture books gives them a huge variety of potential uses, making them great tools for the class room too.
Kids have the wildest imaginations and are already natural storytellers, so help them discover this and unleash their storytelling potential.
This is a truly beautiful app which is a worthy addition to every family, pre-school and primary school device. Designed and developed in NZ this is a quality production with easy navigation and includes a parental guide to the use of wordless picture books for extending children’s vocabulary and imagination. I shared the first story with a class of six-year-olds and their teacher via Apple TV to a big screen. The children created their own dialogue for the story which we recorded and played back. The children loved hearing themselves. It’s quite a challenge making up a story and the guide with this app is very useful. The option to pause when recording enables teachers or parents to offer guidance without interfering with the children’s dialogue. Highly recommended by myself and Room 5.
Thanks to support from Time Warner Cable, Common Sense Media is proud to offer its award-winning game, Digital Passport™ for free this summer on the iTunes app store. Played by over 300,000 kids in schools across the US, Digital Passport is now available on your personal device. The games and videos inside teach kids aged 7-11 the essentials for staying safe and responsible online and on mobile devices. On Digital Passport, kids will find their favorite kinds of games and activities like platform games, tools for creating digital mashups, and other fast-paced gobble ’em up games, all geared toward teaching them important lessons about digital life.
This app is not an ebook but I was so impressed with it I felt it deserved our attention. A nifty support for teaching digital citizenship including search techniques (using Google), safe passwords, acknowledging the work of others and more I haven’t played with yet. The app is FREE and well worth adding to your collection. Definitely suitable for Years 7&8 in spite of the age suggestion.
This comic looks great. I’ll trial it with some kids at school.
The digital Phoenix has landed! This brilliant weekly story comic is now available for the iPad and is packed full of amazing stuff – 100% original stories, fascinating non-fiction, fiendish puzzles, cool competitions and loads more! And when you download this fantabulous Newsstand app, you can get a FREE full-length issue! That’s not all either… when you buy a subscription you’ll get a brilliant FREE TRIAL!
Explore the world’s most famous diary in this richly immersive experience for iPad2 and above.
• 21 video clips from Academy Award winning documentary-maker Jon Blair
• Over 40 audio clips, including commentary from Miep Gies, one of the helpers who risked her life to aid Anne and her family in hiding
• Exclusive access to the archive of the Anne Frank Fonds, founded by Anne’s father Otto Frank, including previously unreleased material
‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank for iPad is the remarkable edition of ‘one of the greatest books of the century’.
In the summer of 1942, fleeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation, Anne Frank and her family were forced into hiding in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Aged thirteen when she went into the Secret Annexe, Anne kept a diary in which she confided her innermost thoughts and feelings. An intimate record of adolescence and heartbreak, courage and inspiration, ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank for iPad offers stunning new ways to explore Anne’s world, what it looked, sounded and felt like living in hiding and what, in turn, was happening outside the Annexe walls.
‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank for iPad is published by Penguin Books UK and Beyond the Story.
At last, something of superb quality for more mature readers. This is a stunning presentation of Anne Frank’s diary and life. Although it costs $13.99 I think it should be on every school ipad especially in the libraries. This app takes ebooks to a new level of quality and I look forward to the response to it from Anne Frank readers.
★ New York Times Top 10 Best Children’s Books on the iPad ★ 2011 MOBI Award Winner ★ Time.com Top 25 iPad Apps for Kids ★ Chosen as New and Noteworthy, What’s Hot, and Staff Favorites by Apple ★ Appy Award Finalist ★ 5 Stars from Appolicious ★ KinderTown 10 Top Apps Kids Will Beg to Play
LOVE DINOSAURS? Dig into more than 700 dinos with National Geographic’s interactive Dinopedia!
Based on the award-winning NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ULTIMATE DINOPEDIA: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever, this app goes beyond any dinosaur encyclopedia you’ve ever seen. Just what makes this dino app so extreme? MORE THAN 700 DINOSAURS! ASTONISHING ARTWORK! THE LATEST DISCOVERIES! AMAZING INTERACTIVES AND VIDEO!
The National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia is the most complete, most beautiful, and most up-to-date look at the dinosaur world. It bursts with astonishing artwork. It amazes with fantastic facts. It captures the newest, coolest paleontology. Meet the smallest, largest, fastest, and slowest dinosaurs known. Find out the most famous dinosaur mistakes. Judge winners in the greatest dinosaur battles of all time, and discover much more!
Two free ebooks to download in PDF or Flash. These stories cover the topics of solar energy and energy efficiency and have been produced for classroom use.
These ebooks are a worthy addition to library resources if your LMS (eg Accessit) is capable of storing downloaded files and making them available via a catalogue record. Or simply add a link to the website to a catalogue record.
Welcome to Schoolgen, a programme developed by Genesis Energy to bring solar energy to life for children and schools across New Zealand.