This is a short presentation on integrating handhelds into the classroom intended for teachers who have some familiarity with handhelds and want to use them more effectively with their students. It also features a list of some of the best freeware available.
Archive for the ‘ebooks’ Category
The price on the Kindle has just dropped to $359. I continue to love this device. Getting the New York Times whenever and wherever I want it is such a luxury. And the wireless has worked everywhere I’ve tried it, including rather remote areas of several states. I also like being able to email various types of docs to my Kindle to read when I have time.
Creative has come out with their own pocket video camera, the Vado, which looks a lot like the popular Flip. I’m so happy with my Flip that I can’t imagine switching, though the Vado is a bit cheaper.
The K12 Handhelds ebook library works with no changes at all (and they look beautiful — much more readable than on a handheld).
In addition to Mobipocket and Kindle ebooks, the Kindle will read Word docs, HTML, text files, JPGs, GIFS, BMPs, and PNGs. You can transfer files by USB, SD card, or the EVDO wireless. I think this always-available free wireless is one of the best features of this device.
Stay tuned for more on how “always-available” it is as I travel around.
We have put the best of this together into a cross-curricular ebook library. This is available on a classroom or school site license basis.
Here is another free resource from K12 Handhelds. This is a good example of the interactivity that Mobipocket provides that we like so much.
This ebook can be used on Palm or Pocket PC and includes problem sets for:
– integers (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing positive and negative integers),
– algebra (simple one- and two-step problems), and
– fractions (simplifying, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions).
Well, the workshop on “Using Mobile Technology to Differentiate Instruction” that I wrote about earlier is pretty well finished. I’m really happy with the content in it and think this is a great resource for schools using mobile tech and looking for resources.
I’ve structured this in a wiki, and it is intended to be used for either a face-to-face workshop or as an online self-guided learning experience.
This is licensed under a CC BY SA license, so you are free to use it for your own purposes as well.
This is my first attempt at using a wiki to facilitate both a F2F workshop and a self-guided experience. If you go through it, let me know what you think.
In my on-going quest to differentiate instruction for teachers as a part of workshops I do, I’ve been experimenting with using blogs and wikis as PD tools.
The latest installment in this is a hands on workshop on using mobile technology to differentiate instruction (coincidentally) that I am outlining in a wiki. I’m hoping that this wiki will also be able to be used as a self-study tool for those who aren’t at the workshop (or for those who attend and want a refresher or more in-depth learning later on).
Here’s a preview of a section on using ebooks.
We’ll be using this at my “HANDS ON: Using Mobile Technology to Differentiate Instruction” at NCETC on Mon., Nov. 26. If you’ll be there, I’m really looking forward to this. (This is a bring-your-own-laptop-and-mobile-device workshop. Contact me for more info.)
If not, stay tuned for the final version of this. I’ll post a note when it’s done (or as near to done as wikis get .
Most public libraries have audio ebooks, and an increasing number are carrying electronic audio and text ebooks that you can download from a web site and use on mobile devices. I’ve been seeing many that have ebooks in the Mobipocket format. Below is a list of just a few.
Moipocket is a great format (much more usable than PDFs) because it works on the desktop, as well as on Palm and PPC. It also supports instructionally beneficial features like highlighting and adding notes.
If you haven’t visited your public library’s web site lately, check it out!
Also, my next mashup will be on audio ebooks, so stay tuned for that.
Here are just a few libraries that have Mobipocketebooks:
NY Public Library
Naperville Public Library
DenverPublic Library (They also have “eFlicks.” Cool.)
Greater Phoenix Library
King County Library System (WA)
San Jose Public Library
Hawaii State Public Library System
As a part of the fun I’m having contributing to Wikijunior (part of Wikibooks, offering free, open content textbooks), I’ve taken an animal alphabet book there and made video and ebook versions of it.
They’re available for viewing and download here.
There are versions for the desktop, various handhelds, iPods, and even a Mobipocket ebook version. (One of the not-fun things about creating video is all the format issues. I think we’ve put about everything up here, but let me know if anything’s been missed.)
If you haven’t ventured into the world of contributing to wikis, Wikijunior is a great place to start. (Try the Human Body book or Ancient Civilizations.) The more people who contribute to these free “copyleft” resources, the better they will be. If you’re not sure how to start, try something small like fixing an error or just adding a couple sentences. It’s a lot of fun!
At NECC last week, I presented a session called “Using Mobile Technology to Differentiate and Enrich Instruction.” The ISTE folks had wanted to podcast the session, but I wasn’t crazy about the legal agreement they were using. (It wasn’t Creative Commons and gave pretty extensive rights to Apple.)
So….I created my own digital version of this session for folks to download:
Video version (streaming, for viewing in a browser; loads faster, but lower quality)
If anyone is interested in a higher resolution version to share with folks who weren’t able to attend, email me, and I’ll try to send you a CD.
For those who are interested, I audio recorded this with a very inexpensive Olympus WS-100 pocket recorder. I edited the audio in Audacity and brought it all into Windows Movie Maker for editing. The visuals included exported jpgs from my presentation slides and screen-capture videos made with Camstudio. I used HandShare to create the Palm movies (which is the same software I used to present). Creating the whole thing took about 4 hours.
It was a lot of fun making this and was a good way to reflect on my own style of presenting (and hopefully refine it for upcoming events).
I hope this is a useful resource for you all.