Read to Lead: How to Digest Books Above Your “Level” I shouldn’t be able to read most of the books on my shelf. I never took a single classical history class and I cheated through most of Economics 001. Still, the loci of my library are Greek History and Applied Economics. And though they often are beyond me educationally, I’m able to comprehend them because of some equalizing tricks. This is how I break down a new book: Before the First Page Break out of the School Mindset Almost everything you learn in the classroom is tainted by the fact that ultimately teachers have to test you on it. When you read History of the Peloponnesian War, the countries involved in the conflict between Corinth and Corcyra is not really worth remembering. From Seneca: “We haven’t time to spare to hear whether it was between Italy and Sicily that he ran into a storm or somewhere outside the world we know–when every day we’re running into our own storms, spiritual storms, and driven by vice into all the troubles that Ulysses ever knew.” Ruin the Ending Read the Intro
10 ways to use iBook Author in education EdTech Published on December 29th, 2013 | by Mark Anderson Obviously not exhaustive, but a few more ‘creative’ ideas for using Apple’s brilliant free piece of software, iBook Author rather than the traditional ways you might use it. 1 – An obvious use it to write your own iBook about your teaching practice, so that you can share your ideas with the wider education community. 2 – It would be a really effective way of collecting and presenting the work of an action research group, so that you can publish your findings if appropriate. 3 – Students can also be able to use iBook Author, and it would be an excellent culmination to an extended project, or learning aim that had to have a public outcome. 4 – You could use iBook Author to write about what your school has been doing to reach other stakeholder groups, such as governors or parents. 5 – Enrichment groups could also use iBook Author to encourage other students to participate in their activities. What do you think?! About the Author
iPad in the Classroom – Can we make it simpler? | dedwards.me With many educational institutions choosing to use tablets for learning, it can be quite intimidating for teachers when faced with so many applications. The diagram below serves to illustrate that less than 20 core apps can play a significant part in the learning process and hopefully temper any trepidation. (with thanks to Greg Hughes @deepexperience1 for his ideas and input) The apps indicated serve to enhance or modify existing practice with scope to be transformational. The extent to which the learning environment can be changed is up to the educator and students. Twitter and Skype are part of many students’ lives, with immediate contact and communication a must. A PDF annotator and Skitch (with the ability to annotate images) might take a little more getting used to, but are invaluable to the educator with tablets in the classroom. Perhaps the most important collaborative tool however is GoogleDrive. (with thanks to dc12norfolk) (with thanks to Ron Bosch) (with thanks to XMA4education)
N S R | Portal on all aspects of digital content and for all creating, reading, publishing, managing, curating, and distributing the written word and other content in digital format, including publishers, writers, editors, content developers, distributors
18 advanced iBooks Author tips EmailShare 118EmailShare Last year I started working with iBooks Author and made my first iBook to use in class. A year later, I now have about 8 iBooks under my belt. At the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute 2013 in Cork I was lucky enough to spend two times a whole hour with people from the Duarte team (the people behind some great iBook Author Text Books and The Inconvenient Truth Slideshow). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.” 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Related posts:
How To Password Protect Your USB Stick: 3 Easy Ways USB thumb drives are small, portable, and can be read on any device with a USB port. These features make them the perfect vehicles to transport data between computers. Due to their portability, however, they are also easily lost. Thus sensitive files callired on a USB stick should always be protected. Unfortunately, you cannot simply password protect your entire USB stick, like you have password protected your Facebook account. 1. As mentioned above, you can’t safely password protect your entire USB stick without using encryption. Many programs, including Word and Excel, allow you to save files with a password. 2. Many tools can encrypt and password protect your data. Rohos Mini Drive, on the other hand, is a tool that will work whether or not you possess Administrator rights. Once you have created a password protected and encrypted container on your external drive, you can open it by clicking the Rohos Mini.exe icon from the root folder. 3. Additional Material
Harold Bloom Creates a Massive List of Works in The "Western Canon": Read Many of the Books Free Online I have little desire to rehash the politics, but the facts are plain: by the time I arrived in college as an undergraduate English major in the mid-90s, the idea of the “Western Canon” as a container of—in the words of a famous hymn—“all that’s good, and great, and true” was seriously on the wane, to put it mildly. And in many quarters of academia, mention of the name of Yale literary critic Harold Bloom provoked, at the very least, a raised eyebrow and pointed silence. Bloom’s reputation perhaps unfairly fell victim to the so-called “Canon Wars,” likely at times because of a misidentification with political philosopher Allan Bloom. That Bloom was himself no ideologue, writes Jim Sleeper; he was a close friend of Saul Bellow and “an eccentric interpreter of Enlightenment thought who led an Epicurean, quietly gay life.” Nonetheless, his fiery attack on changing academic values, The Closing of the American Mind, became a textbook of the neoconservative right. A: “The Theocratic Age” Italy
Create a Simple Quiz in 5 Easy Steps The Quiz Builder widget is a flexible tool that allows you to create easy to use quizzes in your eBooks created with iBooks Author. We want to show you just how easy it is to create a customized quiz widget that feels right at home in one of the free iBooks Author templates. The tutorial is broken down into these 5 easy steps: Lets get started. Now that we have our template lets look at copying the style into the widget. You can take a screenshot in OSX by pressing cmd, shift and 4 at the same time. Now that we know how to take screenshots, we can grab some assets from the book. 1. Now that we have the assets we need we can start customizing our widget. To make our text match those used in the book we need to customize the fonts to complete our look and feel. 2. Now that we’ve styled our widget we can start to put some questions in. We’re now going to use markdown and Bookry elements to build the quiz. [i image_i11.png] ### Question [q] of [q total] Excellent! 3. 4. Unfinished Correct 5.
iPads and iPhones for filmmaking - Learn about film Why use iPhones and iPads for filmmaking? If you own an iPhone, you’ve always got a small, easy-to-use camera in your pocket. It’s great for filming in situations where other cameras would attract too much attention. Video quality can be excellent, so they’re increasingly being used for news gathering and documentary work. You can edit on them, though iMovie is a bit cramped on the phone screen. The larger iPad screen is better for editing, particularly with teams or groups. Both devices can shoot really good quality video in the right circumstances. Why doesn’t everybody film on them? You’ll get soft, ‘noisy’ images in low light, and flare when you shoot into the light. Which iPad or iPhone? Every iPad and iPhone since the 3GS and the iPad 2 can shoot video. The best value iPhone for filmmaking is the iPhone SE. Get plenty of memory: video takes up a lot of space, so 16Gb models will fill up quickly. iPhones have better cameras than iPads and they’re easier to handhold. Do I need 4K?
Top 5 Epub Reader For Windows 7 | Next Of Windows Ever since the first Kindle was introduced in 2007, eBooks have been gaining more market shares. Reading books not printed on paper is becoming a trend. Among the number of eBook formats available on the typical type of eReader devices, ePub, electronic Publication, is no doubt the most popular one that is set to be a free open standard for all digital media publications. Most eBook readers support this format, except for the Kindle (which need to convert from Mobi to ePub). Here we have compiled a list of 5 best ePub readers available on Windows 7 and 8 for those who want to read ePub books on a desktop Windows computer. 1. It’s a new free tool made specifically for Windows 7 or 8 desktop users to enjoy reading books in ePub format. Icecream Ebook Reader is current still in beta and only supports ePub format at the moment. It’s completely free and works perfectly on Windows 7 and 8, both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. 2. 3. 4. 5. Another open source program. Bonus
iBA Tips and Tricks 01 Change hyperlink color: There are many predefined styles with each template, and they are modifiable. Hyperlink color is one of those 'styles'. Follow this process to change: • In your document/book, select a word/text - any word will do. • Color/style it as you'd like your hyperlinks to appear. • Enable Styles Drawer from the View menu. • Locate/select the Hyperlink style in the drawer and right/cntrl-click to select. • Choose - 'Redefine Style from Selection - in the pop-up menu. Hyperlink two words/text: Highlight the target word, use the Insert>Bookmark menu, define the target under Bookmarks in the Inspector, then go to the word you want to link from and configure it as a hyperlink in the Inspector. Insert Bookmark How to create or modify a layout: How to add, reorder or delete - chapters, sections, pages: How to set Chapter Title: .html Feedback: