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20 Best Websites to Download Free eBooks

20 Best Websites to Download Free eBooks | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
With all the great digital technology around these days, we don’t need a tree to make a book. More and more of us are choosing the convenience of digital content over actual books, CDs, DVD and Blu...

Via Steve Yuen, JoelleYalin
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A great way to get into using ebooks is to start with some of the free varieties. Ebook readers offer all kinds of accessibility benefits - as well as barriers - and trialling with free books is a good way to experiment with what works for you or your learners.

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Teresa Küffer's curator insight, February 1, 2013 4:30 AM

Get them to read online! Some of the sites have app :)

DyslexicIT's curator insight, February 2, 2013 5:18 AM

And also do not forget that amazon also have some books that are free to download too

Lukas Palecek's curator insight, February 9, 2013 8:52 AM

A nice start if you are after some free stuff for your reader. 

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Many learners struggle to engage with formal education. This can be for a range of reasons and there's no simple answer to any of them. This site is about reducing the barriers to engagement wherever possible. It will often focus on technology but that's only because technology has a lot to offer in many contexts. Other 'human based' approaches can be just as effective so they'll also get space when they cross the horizon.
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Accessible publishing guide

Accessible publishing guide | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

This resource was conceived and created by @alistairm of Jisc TechDis to support the Publisher Accessibility Action Group's presentations at the 2014 London Bookfair. 


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How do you get all the key accessibility messages you want publishers to have in a mobilephone-friendly way? This worked..

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Anthony Beal's curator insight, April 11, 6:54 AM

A useful interactive guide asking:

 

Why does it matter?

What is accessibility?

Where can I find out more?

Marie Schoeman's curator insight, April 16, 11:06 PM

A useful guide for publishers on how to go about making publications accessible for people with print disabilities in line with the Marakesh agreement.

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Tim Cook Soundly Rejects Politics of the NCPPR, Suggests Group Sell Apple’s Stock - The Mac Observer

Tim Cook Soundly Rejects Politics of the NCPPR, Suggests Group Sell Apple’s Stock - The Mac Observer | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
In an emotional response to the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), Apple CEO Tim Cook soundly rejected the politics of the group and suggested it stop investing in Apple if it doesn't like his approach to sustainability and other issues.
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I hope Amazon and Google are looking and listening...

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Beyond the Equality Act: Supporting Disabled Students to Achieve in Education.

Beyond the Equality Act: Supporting Disabled Students to Achieve in Education. | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
With a range of academic and practical speakers covering good practice guidance on how we can support disabled learners, followed by the experiences of disabled learners using the education system and their perspectives on effective support and challenges to learning.
Speakers and topics include:

Dr Cassie Ogden – Beyond the Social Model of Disability
Dr Naomi Sharples – Failing to Fail
Trailblazers student action group – Unconscious Bias and Disabled Students.
Alex Lowery – Living with Autism – A Student’s perspective

If you have any queries on this event, or any specific requirements, please email equality@chester.ac.uk. This event takes place at Riverside Campus, room 119.  See http://www.chester.ac.uk/find-us for more information.
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Some great topics - really practical examples - and its free.

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alistairm 's curator insight, February 24, 9:22 AM

Some great topics and it's free!

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Evernote for Beginners: The Basics of the Most Popular Notebook App

Evernote for Beginners: The Basics of the Most Popular Notebook App | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Evernote's an amazingly powerful notebook app. But it can also be rather overwhelming at first. Here's everything you need to get started with Evernote and get your info saved into notes, organized with notebooks and tags. You'll even learn how to clip anything you find online into your notebook, and search like a pro. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Medium; Tags: App Training, Productivity, Evernote

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niftyjock's curator insight, February 17, 8:46 PM

Love Evernote

Marco Pozzi's curator insight, March 27, 4:15 AM

Esistono delle applicazioni veramente notevoli. Avrebbero una ricaduta importante nella didattica così come nel lavoro di tutti i giorni.

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, March 28, 6:39 AM

If you've ever thought of getting into using Evernote, but weren't sure where to start, this would be a good place. Teachers can use Evernote to organise all sorts and share with students. It's a great tool, I'd recommend giving it a go.

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Longer Lives - Home

A child born in England today can expect to live a longer, healthier life than
ever before, yet, they still have a one in three chance of dying before they reach 75. Of all the factors affecting
their chances of premature mortality, location is one of the most important. Because, even in England in 2013, how
long we live depends greatly on where we live.
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Great example of using health data in a meaningful and personally relevant way. See national and local variations as well as get info on risk reduction. Overall message - move south :-) 

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Digital Learning : Tailored or Taylored?

Digital Learning : Tailored or Taylored? | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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It's not that learning to code is a bad idea, just that the lack of understanding of what coding is (making e-cards? assembling websites from templates?) raises questions as to the value of the programme. Thoughful analysis - worth reading.

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Supporting assessment and feedback practice with technology: from tinkering to transformation - Jisc Repository

Supporting assessment and feedback practice with technology: from tinkering to transformation - Jisc Repository | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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CORE

CORE | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Such easy access to millions of open access articles (19 M+). If only all publicly funded research were so readily available. From my quick look at the site they were in PDF format. I tested three completely different articles for accessibility and reflow and magnification worked well but reading order got a bit scrambled with some pullquotes and side boxes. Still - more accessible PDFs than some I've seen from some commerical publishers!

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Innovative Ideas for Using Google Forms

Innovative Ideas for Using Google Forms | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Home Page of followmolly.com

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I had some problems getting on to the site with the links to Google forms ideas but the ones I explored were good ideas so seems worth putting up with some error messages from the page - though I didn't sign in to Google. Didn't see why I needed to sign into Google to view a web page so I didn't bother.

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ChristopherBell's curator insight, February 9, 8:01 PM

Just reviewed this - Great work Molly!  Love the resources

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, February 13, 4:35 PM

A good primer for those of us wanting to get more out of Google's free tools.

Alenka Andrin's curator insight, March 17, 3:45 PM

Examples of Using Google Forms in education.

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Impact tools - RNIB

Impact tools - RNIB | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Since 2010 RNIB has been running a project to measure the impact it has on blind and partially sighted people, those at risk of sight loss and wider society. Find out about the lessons learned as we have put theory into practice.
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Concise and thoughtful overview of how you might measure the impacts you are making with whatever intervention you are using. 

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Knowledge and research hub - RNIB

Knowledge and research hub - RNIB | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
We commission and carry out research studies about blind and partially sighted people and issues that affect their lives. Access all our research in our Knowledge hub.
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Useful resource for catching up on facts, figures and research regarding sight loss.

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App Turns Smartphone Into Virtual Cane for the Blind | MIT Technology Review

App Turns Smartphone Into Virtual Cane for the Blind | MIT Technology Review | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
A smartphone app inspired by Greek mythology has the potential to help the blind navigate indoors where GPS is unavailable.
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So often the best ideas are just brilliantly simple...

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WELCOME TO THE MUSIC4VIP PROJECT WEBSITE | Music 4 VIP

WELCOME TO THE MUSIC4VIP PROJECT WEBSITE | Music 4 VIP | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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At last! Braille-friendly comprehensive guidance  on music theory for VI musicians and wannabee rock stars! 

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Wikipedia

Wikipedia

Simple English Wikipedia . Wikipedias are places where people work together to write encyclopedias in different languages. We use Simple English words and grammar here. The Simple English Wikipedia is for everyone! That includes children and adults who are learning English. There are 110,964 articles on the Simple English Wikipedia.

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Great resource and works nicely with #techdis voices (www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/voices)

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E-Access Bulletin Live » Blog Archive » Audio interaction for ‘Swype’ virtual keyboard app

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Map creator online to make a map with multiple color pins and regions

Map creator online to make a map with multiple color pins and regions | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Create a map from location list, crowd source, spreadsheets, etc. Publish, share your interactive maps. Highlight radius and other regions. Get map images.

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 18, 3:57 PM

This tool will be of interest to teachers, scholars, genealogists, historians, and just about anyone with a need to share information about multiple locations. Best of all, the Basic plan is free and provides access to the functionality most individual users are likely to need.

alexislucas's curator insight, March 26, 2:22 AM

à suivre

Bernard Gagnon's curator insight, March 26, 9:32 AM

Créer vos propres cartes géographiques avec possibilité d'insérer des vidéos, photos ou fichiers audio. Et encore plus...

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Music - RNIB

Support and advice for professionals, families and individuals in any aspect of making music.
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A bit of a specialist area but one where expertise is thin on the ground so this resource is very welcome. Note also the staff training opportunity!

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Collaborative Teacher Efficacy vs Individual Efforts.. | Teacher Learning Networks

Collaborative Teacher Efficacy vs Individual Efforts.. | Teacher Learning Networks | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Linda Alexander's insight: Is an individual teacher more effective in terms of students achievement and internal belief systems compared to a small team working collaboratiively?
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I strongly suspect this applies in all sorts of other teams as well..

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The UK Hour of Code is coming

The UK Hour of Code is coming | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
For every UK student and classroom: learn how fun coding is in just one hour March 3 - 9.
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Looks fun. Maybe my ancient Basic programming skills will bubble up from the swamp of memory.

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The Equality Act and Your Deaf Child’s Education in England, Scotland and Wales

The Equality Act and Your Deaf Child’s Education in England, Scotland and Wales | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Useful fact sheet relating to the rights and responsibilities of learning providers in supporting deaf learners. You need to register (free) on the website to access the resource.

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Index of a PWS articles on web editorial, technical and accessibility issues

Index of a PWS articles on web editorial, technical and accessibility issues | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Some very useful hints and tips on this site - especially useful for the prospectuses of learning providers which are often v poor in terms of accessibility.

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GW Micro - News & Events - Latest News

GW Micro - News & Events - Latest News | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Excellent news for Windows accessibility.. No need for the awful and useless Windows Narrator anymore!

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8 Great iPad Apps for ESL Students - Edudemic

8 Great iPad Apps for ESL Students - Edudemic | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
When you’re talking about learning a language in the U.S., you’re generally talking about ESL which refers to “English as a second language” or the study or use of English by speakers with different native languages.
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These look useful for both learners with English as a second language and other learners working at foundation level.

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OrCam - See for Yourself

OrCam - See for Yourself | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
OrCam harnesses the power of Artificial Vision to compensate for lost visual abilities.
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I love the idea but I don't know how many could afford the price.. why can't the software be built into an app and use your mobile instead?

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Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More | PaperRater

Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More | PaperRater | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...
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Really useful way of dyslexic people (or indeed anyone else) getting a thorough automated check of their writing. Provides more info than the inbuilt Word checkers and the feedback is explained well.

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