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The Best 9 Free Websites That Offer Free eBooks for Teachers

The Best 9 Free Websites That Offer Free eBooks for Teachers
Education nowadays is talking digital and probably by the year 2020 most of the schools in the US and Canada will have already embraced digital textbooks. Digital learning is gaining ground day after day and the sooner we embrace it the better. There are several ways teachers can benifit from this digital boom in education. One of them is digital reading. 1- Scribd The best definition for this website is to call it YouTube for documents. 2- Free eBooks This website offers unlimited reading for all kinds of work be it fiction, romance, literature and non fiction. 3- Many Books This one here provides more than 29.000 eBooks for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other readers. 4- Bartleby This is one of the preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intelectually curious with unlimited access to books and information the web for free. 5- Flat World Knowledge This is one of the world's largest and open college textbooks. 6- eBooks Directory Related:  edtech tools

Liens Utiles, plus de 45000 références pour tout connaître ! ISTE Daily: Final Day, Wrap-Up and Takeaways My plane landed around 5:30am EST. The overnight red-eye is never pleasant on a full flight and the work the next day put me into a contemplative (or zombie-like) mood until that night's #BYOTchat where some of the colleagues I met and #ISTE12 made some lurking in-roads into a new PLN. But before the reflection, Let's get to the last day: 7am SHRED Session: I like the SHRED sessions for their inspiration in a broad variety of topics. I also eliminated one of my planned presentation based on the two-minute preview that made it clear this session was going to go in a direction in which i wasn't interested in...guess it has to cut both ways, neh? The Future of Leadership: Since I now had an open session spot, I turned to my PLN and found a new session that looked intriguing (thx @wkingbg). #ISTELOL -- a break for humor One hour of education and edtech snark. [Interlude] While this was going on, the Google I/O announced the Nexus 7 tablet. Primary Sources and Digital Tools Final Keynote

Nick Brandt : Photography Twitter Encouraging Girls To Learn To Code While debates about issues related to women in the workforce rage, one thing is certain: women continue to be woefully underrepresented in certain fields. Specifically, only a fraction of graduates in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, medicine) fields are women. There have been efforts in recent years to change that. In a post on Twitter’s blog today the social media company announced that they were partnering with one such organization, Girls Who Code. This summer in New York Girls Who Code will be holding an eight-week program that will teach basic coding and computer science to high school girls. For more information on Girls Who Code, you can check out their website.

50 Meilleures Photographies - Gallery Wallpaper - du magazine National Geographic Google I/O -- Tablets, Drives, The summer month's of each year are filled with conferences, trade shows, and announcements. While I was at #iste12 last week the Google Developer's conference was taking place. Since a few teachers have been asking me for reactions, I spent a few putting my initial thoughts down. I will post more of a full review after I have played with some toys and features. Nexus 7 The Nexus 7 is a Google branded 7"tablet built by their partners at Asus. I think there is a market for 7" tablets and the affordability is going to make this device competitive. Full review when I mine arrives in mid-july :) Chrome for iOS and Android The Chrome browser is out for the iPad. Offline Google Docs Editiing This one is wonderful and at this point pretty much seamless. Google Drive Integration There were a lot of drive and doc integration announcements that will be bearing fruit in the next few months. Other Quick Hits: So that's two days of developer goodness. Most of this was off the top of my head.

Les mutations du livre à l'heure de l'internet NEF (Net des études françaises) - Dossiers du NEF par Marie Lebert, septembre 2007 Un ouvrage de synthèse de 1971 à nos jours, basé sur le suivi de l'actualité francophone et internationale, et issu des multiples liens tissés sur la toile avec nombre de professionnels du livre au fil des ans. Version PDF [version NEF, Toronto] (1,3 Mo) Version PDF [version miroir, France] (1,3 Mo) Version TXT (706 Ko) Sommaire L'internet et les technologies numériques bouleversent le monde du livre. Le présent livre est publié en ligne sur le Net des études françaises (NEF). Commentaires Olivier Gainon, fondateur et gérant des éditions CyLibris: "Signalons la publication d'un nouveau livre de Marie Lebert, figure historique de l'édition littéraire sur internet, Les mutations du livre à l'heure de l'internet. Jean-Paul, des cotres.net: "Le texte de Mutations est comme d'habitude chez Marie Lebert: clair, exhaustif, méthodique. Le livre numérique: chronologie 1971-2007 (août 2007) [version HTML]

ISTE Daily: Day 2 - Keynote w/ Dr. Ken, Blossom, and a Prescient Pink Floyd Reference This is going to be a hard blog to structure. There was so much content and so many thoughts running through my head and the structure of a daily blog makes it very difficult to organize in any kind of coherent way. So I think I am going to try chronological stream of conciousness based on my notes and tweets and see where that goes. I will be sure to signpost the snark along the way (debate geeks just chuckled, trust me). What to do with Downtime at ISTE: Coronado Island is a nice beachy diversion. not-even-an-interlude-sidenote: I love that blogger integrates with picasa/G+ enough to get pictures from my phone. so much easier than copying URL from another window.Tweet-up and SIG Showcase: For non- or new- ISTE people, the heavy lifting of communication and PD is often done by special interest groups. these non-exclusive groups hold webinars, maintain mailing lists and wikis, etc. And the highlight was the bumping into people. Interlude: The dying of the connection So... And...

L'homme sur Mars : Les contraintes d'un voyage vers Mars Une mission humaine vers Mars pose de nombreux problèmes. On ne peut pas en effet prévoir, dans l'état actuel de nos connaissances, les effets sur un organisme humain d'un vol aussi prolongé que le vol vers Mars. En moyenne, un aller simple vers Mars prend entre 6 à 9 mois. L'homme n'a pas séjourné plus de 14 mois dans l'espace, ce record étant détenu par le cosmonaute Valeri Poliakof à bord de la station spatiale Mir. Cela indique certes que l'homme doit pouvoir supporter sans trop de dommage un voyage vers Mars, mais cela ne nous donne aucune indication sur ce qu'il risque de subir et d'éprouver une fois à la surface de la planète rouge. Que savons nous finalement d'un vol prolongé en absence de pesanteur, des conditions de travail à la surface de Mars et de la capacité des astronautes à supporter un retour à la gravité terrestre après un séjour de plusieurs années dans l'espace ? Gravité zéro ! Le mal de l'espace Fragilisation des os Atrophie musculaire Action sur le système respiratoire

Is modern technology creating a culture of distraction? Are all the modern devices and digital conveniences we have at our disposal — from the web and social media to smartphones and tablets — making us more distracted and less able to concentrate? And is this harming our ability to think and be creative, and therefore by extension harming society as a whole? It’s a question that rears its head from time to time. In his presentation, Kraus argues that the incessant demands of cellphones and social media, not to mention email and other forms of distraction, are making it difficult for us to connect with other people — including our families — and also endangering our ability to think about anything other than the next jolt of stimulation from the devices we have all around us, which he compares to the constant stimulus of a slot machine at a casino. We are creating and encouraging a culture of distraction where we are increasingly disconnected from the people and events around us, and increasingly unable to engage in long-form thinking.

Un extrait d'une vidéo YouTube exportable sur Facebook et Twitter, c'est maintenant possible! La start-up française Viewrz, spécialiste de la capture et du partage de vidéo, innove avec une nouvelle fonctionnalité : couper une vidéo YouTube pour en faire un extrait exportable directement sur Facebook et Twitter. En 4 jours, plus de 2000 VU ont été enregistrées sur le site de Viewrz, et ce sont les scènes cultes de films comme La Classe Américaine et OSS 117 , et des passages courts de sketches célèbres qui sont le plus plébiscitées par les utilisateurs. En moyenne, les séquences embedées sur Facebook sont de 15 secondes, et sont postées en commentaires. Pour le moment, cette fonctionnalité n’est disponible que sous Androïd et sur ordinateur, mais la start-up compte motiver YouTube à développer ce levier de viralité sur iPhone et sur tablettes. Lancée en 2011, Viewrz a développé une technologie capable de récupérer le flux de programmes vidéo, et de partager les séquences en quelques secondes sur les réseaux sociaux.

A Blackboard Prelection: Open and Curious - #bbw12 Day 0 I am sitting in an airport in Houston, with about a half-hour before the flight to New Orleans takes off. The @40ishoracle survived leg one on a puddle-jumper express and was able to finish a guest-blog (aside: wow. I am really impressed with gDocs offline mode that was announced at Google I/O -- there is a decent feature set offline and the sync when back on the ground was seamless). One of the context setting activities we do in Jesuit Schools is called the Prelection. As I gear up for Blackboard world, I feel the need to clear my mental palatte, in part because I am heading to this conference with little preconceived notion or expectation. As I move into this new event after a hectic week of preparing our new network for a 1:1 BYOT rollout, upgrading teacher computers with an eye toward giving them the same type of choice that we give our student-users, and gearing up for a week of Cajun and Creole (win!) Blackboard's Self Description: My supplies list: The plane is boarding.

ėléphant Summer Reading: Kenneth Burke’s Permanence and Change Part One: Trained Incapacity In his book Permanence and Change, Kenneth Burke discusses the idea of “trained incapacity” (the origins of the term – maybe Veblen, maybe not – is not the point here for the one or two Communication scholars who may stumble upon this blog post). For Burke, trained incapacity infers training so ingrained in the learner’s orientation (context in Jesuit speak) that the learned way of doing things efficiently works against future success. As educational technologists, we too have our trained incapacities. Where do we block alternative practices with the phrases “It will never work” or “We tried that in the 90’s” or “The students will just go to Facebook”?

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