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eBooks

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The following list of books are created for iBooks 2. Please follow the recommended steps below when loading an iBook to your iBook library.

 

  • STEP ONE: In order for you to open the iBook link below you must first upgrade you ibooks library iApp to iBooks 2. (Select this Link to Upgrade
  • STEP TWO: Select the iBook link to start your ibook upload 
  • STEP THREE: Select Download Tab and wait until the .iBooks appears and select "Open in iBooks" 
  • STEP FOURWait about three to four minutes and the iBook will appear in your iBooks Library by opening into a media file. 
  • STEP FIVE: Enjoy the contents of your new iBook by opening selected charts, viewing photograph galleries, playing audio and video files.

Current iBook Titles Listed Below (Look for A New Title Each Week)


dotEpub and Equitable Mobile Learning Opportunities   

When introducing ideas on mobile learning  can be  frustrating to some educators; especially when they know what the future of classroom learning should look like and have limited resources to provide a working classroom model. Realizing now that it is not the idea of mobile learning that they are trying to replicate. It is the ideas on how to provide those tools or resources to make it equitable for all students to have the same opportunities. 

 

Over the past year, I have conducted several workshops on mobile learning in the 21st Century. On every occasion during these sessions, teachers have expressed an equitable frustration about students who do not have internet at home. Usually these ideas of reality awareness are expressed within the last ten minutes of my presentations on mobile learning opportunities, those knowledge opportunities that are extended beyond the classroom walls. Inevitably during these closing moments one educator will state openly, usually with emotion, "What about those students who do not have internet access at home?" 

 

It is at this point that the reality for my knowledge of equitable opportunities for technology resources needs to expand. To help teachers find solutions for extended learning opportunities that are derived through technology but are unavailable at home for some families. One solution that is currently on the horizon is to give every student an iPad, or a mobile learning device as a substitute for a textbook. 

 

To take it a step further research on the idea of creating teacher generated text materials through a new conversion format called ePub has come to the forefront of equability. The idea is to help teachers with the process of creating and generating their own text material in ePub format and push the teacher generated assignments out to student mobile devices. In my workshops I have called this idea the "New Alexandrian Libraries." To expand this thought further, on both fronts of equitable access within the mobile learning environment, and the conversion of teacher/student generated text to ePub format, a new open source solution has arrived, dotEpub

 

"dotEPUB is free software that allows any webpage to be converted into an e-book. This works on any epub-compatible device including e-readers, tablets, smartphones, netbooks, and desktop computers. This applet gives you the ability to save a webpage now and read later when you don’t have Internet access or to just save those long articles you didn’t have time to read while browsing." 

 

Now students and teachers can convert a webpage into an ebook on an iPad, store the generated eBook in their reader and have the materials needed, to take home for extended learning opportunities. To learn more about how to convert a webpage using dotEpub into an eBook or how to create eBooks select any of the resource post listed below:             


Homework and Practice

"Research referenced in Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock's book indicated students need to practice a skill 24 times to reach 80% competency, with the first four practices yielding the greatest effect."1  

 

Homework and Practice

Traditionally homework and practice has been connected by the context when students are learning on their own and by applying new knowledge they expand a deeper understanding through repetition. The research supported the idea that homework should be approached not as an afterthought to the school day, but as a focused strategy for increasing understanding. It should be noted that both reinforcement of learning through practice and repetition is viable to procedural memory but may not support semantic, declarative or implicit memory when consolidation of ideas are needed in making conceptual ties. In essence when students are provided an extended time to repeat the learning experience rote knowledge will increase but may not be recognizable when applied to new learning situations. 

 

Presentation Outline

Homework and Practice: A Brained Based Approach to Reflective Learning (2 Minutes)

Four Essential Steps to "The Elaboration Rehearsal Process" (4 Minutes)

Video Think Questions (4 Minutes)

  • How does the teacher structure homework review to build students’ understanding?
  • What do students learn from reviewing their work and that of their peers?
  • How does the teacher benefit from students reviewing their homework in small groups?

Closure 3 Member Timed Group Engagement Activity (3 Minutes) 


Flipping Your Classroom with Flip Books

 

Learn how you can join the ePub generation by creating a text featured multimedia integrated mobile learning environment. In this presentation by Mike King, participants will learn different technology integration tools, like Google Docs, dropbox, and Calibre to convert and store interactive curriculum materials for student learning. These new converted resources can be easily distributed over a network through scanning QR codes on mobile learning devices such as iPod, iPads, cell phones and tablets. The presentation will introduce the pedagogy associated with flipped classrooms while providing the tools necessary to create and store dynamic digitally formatted lessons.  Part two of the workshop will provide illustrated information on how to embed within the text of a digital book, recordings, movies and illustrations to publish in iBooks or other mobile reading devices.  (Download a Free Sample eBook on "How to Create an eBook")

 

  • This presentation is underdevelopment and additional eBooks will be available soon. If you are interested in hosting a workshop on mobile learning "Flipping Your Classroom with Flip Books" you can contact me at digitalsandbox1@gmail.com

 

  • If you have an iPod you can download a free sample of an interactive eBook by selecting the following link. The Art and Science of Teaching in the 21st Century. (Please note the you must open the file in iBooks and because the file contains video and audio embedded media it may take a few seconds to download .)
  • For more information on e publishing go to "ePub Generation"

 

  • Learn more about how to create a multimedia flip book by attending the KGCT State Convention

 

 

 

KGCT Convention

  • Location: Where: The Marriott in Overland Park Kansas
  • Presentation Date: Tuesday October 4, 2011
  • Presentation Time: 9:55 AM
  • Conference Web Link 

Chapter One My First eBook; Appropriately titled: "The ePub Generation; The Alexandrian Libraries of the Future"

 

Overview

The primary focus for educators should be on expanding the quantity and quality of ways in which the learner is exposed to content and context.  Educators should design extended learning opportunities in ways that immerse students in content by using various existing technology tools that include wiki’s, blogs, and multi-media interactive eBooks. The premise of  expanding educational delivery in ways to include Web 2.0 opportunities is  constructed around the idea that the more children can experience what they are learning and the more teachers immerse students in the learning process the more engaged students will become in interacting, listening, viewing and valuing their education.

 

 

In this interactive eBook you will find video , audio and illustrated text, edited directly from my iPad. The first chapter is fittingly named "The ePub Generation," since it was my first self published book using the ePub format, a term I learned from Kevin Honeycutt in July of 2011. Since that time I have been putting forth hours of additional time in research and development to create my first ePub publication, all for the cost of one App at $3.99. I would encourage  you to download it, just to get a feel for what might be the next generation of textbooks, created by teachers for students or even better created by students for students.

 

The eBook includes, twelve pages of text, five illustrations, one podcast, one audio recording, and two videos. Turn the pages , play the media files, enjoy the visuals, and read text. It truly is an interactive book which took one hour to create. 

 

To download the free e-book for your mobile device select LuLu or this link "The ePub Generation" and select the download tab.

 

To find out more you can visit "ePub Generation"


 

Exploring the ePub Possibilities 

Over the past two month (July - September of 2011) I have been working diligently to find ways to publish e-Books for iPads. I had had two reasons in mind. The first was to support language developing students who attend my school. As a principal, I over 75% of the students who attend the school are Hispanic. I wanted to find a way to support language development through technology and have been inspired by the capabilities of mobile devices. What I needed was a way to help ELL students hear text while it was being read. This gave me an idea of exploring the possibilities for developing media rich interactive books. e-Books that talk and could be easily constructed by teachers. I was also after simplicity. The second reason for exploring the idea of e-books for mobile devices was given to me as a challenge.

 

I was attending a technology conference in July of 2011 when a colleague of mine, Kevin Honeycutt asked me to join him in a conversation about a new universal publishing format called e-Pub. During the conversation I explored many question as to the enquiry of what e-Pub was? Was it a program, or a format? The conversation lead to the idea that the ePub format may be useful for teachers when introducing content into a mobile learning environment. Again, the process for creating the e-books must be simple, and included embedded media.

 

After returning home from the conference, I began to do extensive research on the e-Pub idea. Googled, tweeted, e-mailed and monitored my hash tags for incoming dialogs.  I even began posting articles on my blog for comments, which got me nowhere. Then one day it happened, It was the one tweet I was looking for, information on a new App being released in beta form that could create an interactive flip book, one with embedded media. Up to that time I had just hit dead ends, for most of the software applications were too complicated or too rich for my pocket book.

 

After a few weeks of trial and error, especially with ways to use iTunes to embed media I have been successful in rolling out three flip e-books. Each e-Book is a little better than the other since I am working on the publishing design side. In my first e-flip book "The Art and Science of Teaching" I included two demonstration videos and some hyperlinks. The second e-book "The ePub Generation; The Alexandrian Libraries of the Future" included audio recordings, podcast and video. My third e-book I explored the idea of digital storytelling as a form of a podcast read along for children entitled "The Princess and the Crystal Mountain." In the read along book, I created narrated sound bites in audacity, transferred them into iTunes and exported the narrations within the text of the book.  Spacing the text within the sound bite narrations takes some planning, as to the architecture of layout.  

 

Just over the last two days I have published one book on LuLu which is free and have uploaded all three of them to my wiki page, Tech N TuIt. What I have discovered  is that the more media you embed, the larger the -e-pub file size, something I will be working on through further research on compression. research To date I have published. If you are interested in exploring any of these titles you can select  any of the following resource links.

 


 

 

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