ptlibtech - Reading&Technology Kindling the Fire : Here is my poster session for PETE&C, Feb 2011. Introduction Reading and Technology are not exclusive of each other. Terry's Presentation at PETE&C 2011 --- Overdrive: One of the programs often used by public libraries to provide audiobook services is OVERDRIVE. Free AudiobooksLibrivox -- podcasts of books (and more) read by volunteers. Hardware Sites: Amazon's Kindle Barnes & Noble's NookSony's Reader**Literati**Comparison Articles: Wikipedia (good technical detail chart); Parenting Mag (directed at "moms" but good summary in layman terms); CNET blog (list of questions to ask yourself); Consumer Reports E-Readers in Schools For an excellent discussion of issues surrounding using Ereaders in Schools look at these sites which are updated daily by practionersEdukindles on NingEdukindleLinks to Info Specific to Certain E-readers Kindle: Lending : Sharing Peer to Peer, finding free books: Amazon's link to nearly 1 million free e-books E-Reader Articles and Info
The Difference Between Digital Literacy and Digital Fluency | SociaLens Blog Update 6/13/2012: We finally finished our book on this topic. It is available in print here, and in Kindle format here. You can also download a sample chapter here: here (601k PDF) Literacy and fluency* have to do with our ability to use a technology to achieve a desired outcome in a situation using the technologies that are available to us. This applies to our ability to use a hammer, nails and wood to build the house that we intend to build: ..and it applies to our ability to use digital technologies to have the intended positive effect on people and situations: Note that a literate person is perfectly capable of using the tools. *For the sake of simplicity, we have boiled all of this down to three levels of skill, and have given them what we think are easy-to-understand names. Related Posts:
Main Page Unshelved by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes Free eBooks This page lists places where you can find free eBooks. It includes links to sites which allow online reading, and sites which provide downloads. Be sure to check E-book stores that also include some free eBooks. (They should not be listed on this page.) This is not the place for links to sites hosting illegal content!  Downloadable eBooks In alphabetical order Adelaide University -- Contains Classic books on Literature, Philosophy, Science, History, Exploration and Travel in ePUB format or for reading online.  Specialized eBook Sites This section shows sites containing one book or a specialized subset of books on one topic. Buddhist Publication Society Many free ebooks about Buddhism, mostly PDF some ePUB and a few MOBI Custom license allowing distribution and adaption to new media, but only if not for profit.  Online Reading The focus of this section is on web sites that are designed for on-line reading.  Tips  eBooks in languages other than English
Beautiful web-based timeline software 6 Free Sites for Creating Your Own Comics In the days of cold, hard newsprint, only people who could draw were successful comic strip authors. In some cases, this resulted in comic strips that had very nice pictures, but weren't all that funny (cough, Blondie). Thankfully, the Internet has taught us not to accept an inferior form of comic artistry, but a more flexible one. Comic strip enthusiasts who want funny but don't care about pretty drawing can have their strips, those who want artistry have theirs, and even those with very specific tastes can find something just right. The best part about these developments is that they allow you, regardless of any talent as an artist or comedian, to create your very own comic strip. 1. MakeBeliefsComix.com is easy enough for children to use, but there are enough options for adults to get a message across, too. One limiting factor is color. The pre-set options that make the site so easy to use can also be slightly limiting. 2. The site does have some rough patches. 3. 4. 5. 6.
30+ Mind Mapping Tools We all need to organize our thoughts sometimes, and there seems to be no better way to do it than in a visual fashion. We've got 30+ mind mapping tools to help you do just that. And since we know some of you are on a budget, we've got free and paid suggestions for you. Don’t forget to check out our post where you can suggest future toolbox topics! Free Bubbl.us - A flash based brainstorming tool that you can share with others and also embed in to your site. Cayra.net - A desktop-only app that runs on Windows XP or Vista. CmapTools - Free to universities, students, federal employees, and individuals for personal use. CompendiumInstitute.org - A free mind mapping and brainstorming tool from the Open University. DebateMapper.com - A bit of a different mapper in that it focuses on mapping out debates, whether they be political or business. Gliffy.com - Draw & share all sorts of diagrams and mind maps. MindPlan.com - Free for personal use. RecallPlus.com - Geared towards students. See also: