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A Look At How Open Source Textbooks May Actually Work Added by Jeff Dunn on 2012-10-30 As we move into the world of digital education and blended learning, the fact that textbooks are still expensive and printed seems shocking. The gauntlet has been thrown down and the race to build a reliable and open source textbook that meets the needs of teachers is on. Below is a quick look at the current state of open source textbooks. After reviewing the useful infographic, you’ll see that we’re still a long ways off for someone to actually crack the open source textbook code. Source: Online Colleges Comments are closed.

iBooks Author: How to make your iBooks accessible Languages When you create books in iBooks Author, use these guidelines to make your books accessible to the visually-impaired. iBooks Author includes an Accessibility Description in the Widget inspector. Use this to include descriptions of images and objects to be read by VoiceOver when users view the book on an iPad. Use these guidelines to make your iBooks Author book as accessible as possible: Always provide accessibility descriptions for any images used in the book, including background images. Important: Mention of third-party websites and products is for informational purposes only and constitutes neither an endorsement nor a recommendation. Last Modified: Aug 5, 2013 One Moment Please Thanks for your feedback.

How Students Can Create Their Own e-Textbooks On An iPad Two of the most powerful apps on the iPad may be completely invisible: iBooks and the Camera Roll. However, when used together, they have the potential to create powerful learning experiences and dynamic projects. Dynamic Math Portfolios In July, Greg Kulowiec and I taught a workshop on Creating Digital Course Content. For each chapter covered in the text book, his students could create an eBook. We then discussed workflow and how the students could “turn in” their books. Science Lab Book Collection In August, I worked with a middle school science teacher at Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette, LA. This year, since her students would be 1:1 with iPads, she would have them create their own collection of lab books. Moving forward, when the teacher asks her class if they remember a particular lab, they will be able to look in their science collection in iBooks. Books of Books To start the process, the teacher can still use her literature sheets. Seeing the Invisible

diesel sweeties: comics from december 2011 on your ipad I had a few insomniac hours this weekend and did a little experiment: Waking Up With the Diesel Sweeties is a tiny little free ebook for the iPad. It contains all my comics from last month with a few tweaks, formatted in iBooks Author. This version only works on the iPad. It's not in the iBookstore, so you'll need to download the file and sync it to your iPad. Four easy ways to do that: + Click the book link below while using Mobile Safari on your iPad. + Download to your desktop machine and email it to yourself to open in iBooks. + Toss it in your Dropbox and open it in iBooks from there. + Add it to your iTunes library and sync the book to your iPad. I've wanted to put a comic book on the iPad since they first came out, but wasn't super jazzed by the existing tools. As I home in on comic number three thousand, I've been doing a lot of looking back and thinking about allllll the material I've made in nearly twelve years. Download Waking Up With the Diesel Sweeties here.

How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple By Dolores Gende Apple’s iBooks2 and authoring app has created big waves in education circles. But smart educators don’t necessarily need Apple’s slick devices and software to create their own books. How educators think of content curation in the classroom is enough to change their reliance on print textbooks. As the open education movement continues to grow and become an even more rich trove of resources, teachers can use the content to make their own interactive textbooks. Here’s how to create a digital textbook and strategies for involving the students in its development in three steps. 1. Teachers can work with colleagues within their subject area departments and beyond the walls of the classroom to aggregate resources through social bookmarking. Also try or The Twitted Times, which will sift through your connections’ resources and organize them. 2. One of the most user-friendly tools to post resources for your course is LiveBinders. 3. Cybrary Man Educational Resources