Check it out. Katie
This Ning is chock full of resources to improve the use of iPads in the education setting.
Check it out. Katie
Our own Sharon Woloshen submitted this article, called "iPads-Not Just for Games" to the AkASL Puffin newsletter. Take a look and when you've digested all the great information she shares be sure to check out the other articles in the newsletter. Katie
Check out this project done with first graders in an elementary school in Palm Beach Florida. The students researched in books and online, drew pictures, wrote sentences with the facts they discovered, typed up their sentences AND were videotaped talking about their chosen animal. The culmination was an "Animal Zoo" which is shown in a short video. Very impressive for first graders!!
New Free App Available called Bluefire. This app enables users to borrow library ebooks without wires or having to sync your device.
Did you know that Ebooks now account for 10% of book sales? Do you know the difference between a “traditional Ebook reader ” and an “enhanced Ebook reader”? A traditional Ebook reader, such as a Kindle, provides just the words, whereas an “enhanced Ebook reader” provides the user with color pictures and even video! This is a great improvement to support children’s picture books. Traditional book sellers are joining in the Ebook fray, with the larger book retailers getting more into selling the various devices along with the Ebook content. You can support your small local book store owner by purchasing Ebooks from their store websites.
Exciting news!! You can access your local library Ebooks downloaded to your iPad or iPhone with no sync or wires required. There is a FREE new app available from Bluefire Productions called Bluefire. This app works well with Overdrive and Adobe Digital Editions, which are the programs currently used by Noel Wien Public Library to deliver their Ebook collection from Listen Alaska Plus (available from the Noel Wien Public Library homepage by clicking the Digital Download Center button on the left hand menu). More information on how to get this app working for you is available in Library Journal Vol. 135 no.20 December 2010 p.29. Library Journal is available from Library Media Services.
I followed the brief directions in the article noted above and downloaded two library books to my iphone, just like magic. Minutes later, I showed a collegue and wow, with nary a stutter we downloaded two more. Try it.
Be sure to check out this blog post if you want to keep on top of how iPads can function in a library setting. We hope to pilot a couple iPads as OPACs and as I explained in the documentation I submitted recently to initiate library equipment standards for our district, student computers in the libraries need to function as much more than access to the catalog. They need to be access to the online resources the district and the State pays for; they need to be access to PowerSchool for students and parents who don't have computers at home; and they need to be a productivity tool for students. The apps described here look like useful steps towards turning a iPad into a powerful tool in the library. Let me know what you think! Katie