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Posted by ronan 1 year 21 weeks ago Introduction This article will help you pick from amongst the many techniques for building a mobile website. It doesn't describe how to do it, rather it instead tries to help you to pick the right approach. Before we begin it's worth clarifying exactly what the goal of the exercise is.
The Above-the-Fold Myth We are all well aware that web design is not an easy task. There are many variables to consider, some of them technical, some of them human.
There are all these great free eBooks on the Web in EPub format, likeat Google Books, but your Kindle supports a bunch of other file types–Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion, according to Amazon’s Website. So what do you do if you want to read a Google Book on your Kindle?
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Great news from Elsevier about the new iSpeech Audio Reader application which instantly converts any full-text article within ScienceDirect into a natural sounding voice file. We see a lot of these mp3 files used for auditory learners, students with disabilities, and foreign language learners at my institution. More from the press release below: Elsevier, a world leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the availability of an audio reader application from iSpeech, provider of cloud-based speech technology and mobile apps, on SciVerse Applications beta .
When you hear the expression "EPUB 3" perhaps you think: It's the next version of a distribution and interchange format specification/standard for digital publications and documents; or you groan because you think it's another e-reader hardware that you need to be aware of. Either way you REALLY need to an article by Bill Kasdorf, published in the Information Standards Quarterly. Bill's article is a report on the work done by the working group to develop EPUB 3.
Information is very powerful but for the most bit it is bland and unimaginative. Infographics channel information in a visually pleasing, instantly understandable manner, making it not only powerful, but extremely beautiful. Once used predominantly to make maps more approachable, scientific charts less daunting and as key learning tools for children, inforgraphics have now permeated all aspects of the modern world. I designed a couple of infographics back in college, the need arising especially around the time Soccer World Cup fever spiked.
eText | Viewpoint eText: Is It Ready? Are We Ready? After spending a significant portion of the past two years researching and "test driving" eText in the many formats and sources that currently exist, I have come to a number of initial conclusions about the nature and application of eText in higher education (the educational level to which I limited my studies and investigation). I've seen that most of the possible implementation strategies for eText seem quite logical and are based on existing technologies that have been available to the higher education community for some time. But there is still a problem holding us back--a problem that lies in the fact that defining, combining, and implementing eText components has as yet been accomplished only on a very limited basis and by only a few "technologically entrepreneurial" institutions.
Blog U.: Why Big EDU Publishers and Small EdTech Companies Need Each Other - Technology and Learning - Inside Higher EdWhy Big EDU Publishers and Small EdTech Companies Need Each Other Prediction : In the next 2 years we will see an acceleration of investments and purchases in the edtech startup and edtech small company (revenues <=$20 million a year) space by the likes of Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Cengage. Why the EDU Publishers Need the EdTech Companies: The large EDU publisher core revenue model, that of making money from large paper textbook adoptions, will disappear. Publishers have a limited window to migrate to a digital model that actually makes money, a trick that the music industry and the newspaper industry has largely failed to pull off.
Audiences for oral presentations and poster sessions at academic conferences often want more information about a particular topic. One way to provide this, obviously, is to create printed flyers or brochures and hope that you’ve brought enough copies for everyone who’s interested. But what if your printed handout doesn’t make it all the way back on your audience member’s trip home? During the 2011 Digital Humanities conference at Stanford University (currently underway) some people are making use of QR codes , a specific kind of two-dimensional bar code (also known as a matrix code ). For example, Peter Organisciak gave a talk entitled “When to Ask For Help: Evaluating Projects For Crowdsourcing,” and on one of his presentation slides–as you can see in the photo at the start of this post–he displayed this QR code:
Over the past decade or so, the Internet has become a huge source of information and education, especially for those who might be short on time, money or other resources.
Bret Victor / March 10, 2011 What does it mean to be an active reader ? An active reader asks questions, considers alternatives, questions assumptions, and even questions the trustworthiness of the author. An active reader tries to generalize specific examples, and devise specific examples for generalities. An active reader doesn't passively sponge up information, but uses the author's argument as a springboard for critical thought and deep understanding. Do our reading environments encourage active reading?
"It's OK for libraries to put things in their EPUB books." That's what Bill Kasdorf, a member of the EPUB Working Group, told me last week at the IDPF Digital Book 2011 Meeting. He checked with EPUB Revision Co-Editor Markus Gylling to make sure. I had been curious if libraries could put all their cataloging information inside an EPUB file instead of siloing it in their catalog system.