Collana del Gruppo Editoriale Tangram. La Collana iGnosis si adopera per pubblicare opere scientifiche che afferiscono all'area delle Scienze della Formazione, dell'Educazione e della Ricerca, con particolare attenzione alle nuove tecnologie che in questi campi vengono adottate.
In early 2014 Adobe announced a new type of ebook DRM which had the dual properties of being unbreakable as well as incompatible with existing ebook readers and apps. After initially planning to force everyone to switch to the new DRM in less than six months (which would leave millions of ereader owners in the lurch), Adobe backed down and largely dropped the issue. But what they didn't do was kill the new DRM. It still exists, and now I am getting reports that it has been showing up in the wild. Over the past few months I have been receiving suggestions that I should be pointing users to older versions of Adobe DE because ebooks downloaded with the later versions might come wrapped in a new type of DRM. I hadn't been able to confirm the reports until this week, but it turns out that they were true. A reader has tipped me to a comment over on the Apprentice Alf blog from a user who is unable to strip the DRM from a PDF he bought. The book in question is a Spanish-language genetic algorithm textbook, and even though it opens correctly in Adobe DE 4.5 on Windows 10 it still kept defeating Apprentice Alf's [...]
Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
Il lavoro collaborativo e il sostegno individualizzato alla persona trovano in "Moodle" un valido supporto: accesso a materiali comuni, sviluppo collaborativo di nuovi materiali, comunicazione di conoscenze, gestione dei partecipanti e assegnazione e attribuzione di ruoli. Tali possibilità sono significative per il lavoro dei docenti e degli allievi e per lo sviluppo didattic
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E' uscito il settimo volume della collana iGnosis di Tangram Edizioni Scientifiche. Questa volta si parla di Moodle e della sua applicazione pratica alla didattica delle materie letterarie al Liceo Classico. Un grazie a Paola Tomè per il suo ottimo lavoro!!
David Ingham, Director of Digital Media at Cognizant, and Phil Harper, Director at Alchemy VR before recently founding IMRGE, took to the stage at the Quantum conference today to discuss recent developments in virtual reality (VR) and what this means for publishers. Here are our top 10 takeaway points. 1) There are two ways in which …
This book is a practical guide to adapting or creating open textbooks using the PressBooks platform. It is continually evolving as new information, practices and processes are developed. The primary audience for this book are faculty and post-secondary instructors in Saskatchewan, Canada who are developing, adapting or adopting open textbooks at the University of Saskatchewan. However, there may be content within this book that is useful to others working on similar Open Educational Resource initiatives.
When Amazon announced the KFX format last year, they teased ebookophiles with features like hyphenation, improved kerning, and dropcaps, features which one could find in ebooks bought in the Kindle Store but you couldn't make for yourself. Now you can. Early last month Amazon released a beta version of the Kindle Previewer tool which lets ebook makers convert and preview their ebooks to see how they will look in the new format, and now there's an even easier at-home option. A new plugin for Calibre called KFX Output lets you convert ebooks into KFX format to make use of Amazon’s enhanced typesetting. It calls on that beta release of the Kindle Previewer tool to make the ebooks, and then add them to your calibre library. If you would like to try it yourself, here's what you need to do: Install Kindle Previewer 3, Install calibre, and Install the KFX plugin (from inside calibre). The plugin will only work with Epub files, so any ebook you want to convert to KFX will first have to be converted to Epub. Or at least that is the way it is supposed to work; it won't work for me (one of my competitors is having better luck, however). I've tried to convert [...]
"Like last year, I thought that I’d wrap up my writing calendar with some prognostications on Big Data in 2016. I doubt any of these six will come as a surprise to most readers, but what may be a surprise is how emphatically our worlds will have changed twelve months from now, when I take a crack at predicting the world of 2017."
You believe, you receive. But how can you believe in a child who has let you down? How can you believe in yourself when you aren’t sure if you can do it? Show Notes: Belief: A Powerful Tool in Every Teacher’s Toolkit Why is believing in your students and yourself so important? What is some […]
InstaScribe ha creado una infografía simple que enumera 20 bibliotecas de acuerdo con el número de objetos recogidos. la Biblioteca Nacional de España ocupa el puesto 12ºcon 25 millones de títulos.
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In this lesson students will explore their attitudes to buying clothes and find out about the costs and environmental impact of producing clothes. Aims:
To develop students’ abilities to think critically about online information.To develop students’ abilities to read and understand statistical information.To develop students’ abilities to create digital research questionnaires and analyze the results.To develop students’ abilities to synergize information from various sources and use the information to build persuasive text.To develop students’ abilities to carry out online research and to represent their findings visually
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Marco Pozzi's insight:
Another of my lesson plans on the iBook Store. This one is ideal for discussions about the environment and the imapct that the fasion industry has on the environment.
When delegates from nine US university presses joined their UK counterparts in Liverpool, new publishing models and strategic relationships came into focus. By Alastair Horne | @PressFuturist A More Global Network of University Presses The University Press Redux Conference, held March 16 and 17 in Liverpool, was billed as the first to focus on university presses in a specifically UK context, but had plenty of representation from—and relevance to—scholarly publishing in the States. Members of nine American university presses joined their European counterparts to exchange insights into the rapidly changing world of scholarly publishing. Peter Berkery, Executive Director of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), shared some of the organization’s ambitious plans for the future. As part of its strategy to build a more global network of university presses, the AAUP is developing a new website, inspired by the National Academies Press’s Academy Scope. The site will act not only as a discovery engine and sales site for its members’ books, but also as a hub allowing closer collaboration between publishers. Alongside this comes close involvement in a number of research projects, many funded by the Mellon Foundation, including one exploring the urgent question of how publishing open-access monographs can be made sustainable for American university presses. Alison Mudditt, Director of the University of California Press, explored some of the challenges and opportunities currently facing American university presses in a talk entitled “The Past, the Present, and the Future of the American University Press: A View from the Left Coast.” Beginning with a short history lesson, Mudditt explained that university presses have been in some sort of crisis for much of the past 50 years, from the initial decline in monograph spending in the 1970s to the rise of first digital and now open access. Initially slow to adapt to change, presses are now really beginning to grasp how fundamentally their role is changing. Not all of the smaller university presses will survive, but those that do will be those that reshape their businesses to build new partnerships, particularly with their parent institutions’ libraries. Mudditt showcased California’s own experiments with open access publishing in the form of Luminos, a monograph publishing program which sources the costs of publication from a variety of sources: From the author’s institution, Subsidies from both the library and the press itself, and from Post-publication sales of a print edition. The program’s ebooks are being downloaded widely, particularly in countries where the press rarely sells print, successfully embodying—and extending—the press’s mission to disseminate knowledge widely. Mudditt ended her talk with some words of warning: university presses need to accept that change isn’t going to stop, she said, and that their new roles will require new skills. The research community’s expectations are being set by Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google, and publishers similarly need to become experts in discovery and user experience. Not all of the smaller university presses will survive, but those that do will be those that reshape their businesses to build new partnerships, particularly with their parent institutions’ libraries. Here’s a video produced by the University of California Press to introduce its open-access Luminos program. Strategic Alliances Between University Presses and Libraries Charles Watkinson, Director of the University of Michigan Press, explored the growing partnerships between university presses and libraries. With around 30 percent of American presses reporting to libraries, these alliances are becoming more strategic, with roles increasingly spanning both institutions. Watkinson, for example, is both a director at the University of Michigan Press and Associate University Librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan Library. Such relationships have clear benefits for both partners, he observed: greater centrality within the university for the publisher, and a better understanding of each other’s needs. Libraries partnered with presses are, for instance, much better placed to understand their faculty’s needs as authors, not only as readers. Each also gains a voice within the other’s community: libraries to raise concerns among publishers, publishers to promote appreciation of their role by libraries. Watkinson also highlighted another instance of publisher-library collaboration, the new open-access publisher Lever Press, the result of an alliance between 40 American liberal arts college libraries. Unlike many publishers operating on a Gold open access model, Lever Press won’t charge authors article (or book) processing charges; instead, it will be funded by contributions from the libraries, each of which will contribute 1 percent of its acquisitions budget. Berkery used the conference’s closing session to summarise the two days’ conversations from an American perspective. British and American university presses seem to be converging, he suggested, their similarities increasingly evident. Both enjoy certain advantages over their commercial competitors—closer relationships with academic institutions, for instance—but they face similar challenges too, particularly to their bottom line, as those same commercial competitors take an ever larger slice of shrinking library budgets. There are certainly differences—the tendency of the new UK presses, operating on an open access model, to publish the work of their own faculty members, for example, risks looking from an American viewpoint a little like vanity publishing. Most of these differences feel more like questions yet to be answered than real divisions, though. The two nations’ presses may have more to learn from each other in future. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Alastair Horne Twitter Alastair Horne has served Cambridge University Press for more than a decade in roles including Innovation Manager and Social Media and Communities Manager. He speaks regularly at industry conferences, and was the author of the 2011 Media Futures report on the Future of Publishing. Outside the office, he is researching a doctorate on novels about novelists and blogs intermittently.
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Nearly two-thirds of children will always want to read print books even though there are ebooks available. Literacy advocate and teacher Donna Rasmussen thinks this is because “We are tactile creatures.
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