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5 Free Apps For Classrooms With A Single iPad

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You don’t have to be in a 1:1 classroom to infuse technology. If you have one iPad, these free apps for classrooms are worth knowing about.
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New Languages and Readings in Digital Contexts. Novas Linguagens e Leituras em Contextos Digitais.
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Carrboro free e-book business Freebooksy receives $50000 grant - The Daily Tar Heel

Carrboro free e-book business Freebooksy receives $50000 grant - The Daily Tar Heel | Litteris | Scoop.it
As e-books gain popularity, companies that provide them are gaining ground — like Freebooksy, a free e-book business in Carrboro.

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Teaching Digital Students Non-Digital Things -

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by Terry Heick

 

"Like thinking, reading in the 21st century is different than in centuries past, endlessly linked in an increasingly visible web of physical and digital media forms. As symbols and their referents change, so do the cognitive processes and habits.

 

"So in this context of media abundance, what does the modern, 21st century “reader” look like? How can we appeal to their interests? Or, more precisely, what does it mean to “read” in 2015? What does a reader, today, look like?

 

"How can you teach digital students non-digital things?"


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How to upload PDF and EPUB files into Google Play Books - Greenbot

How to upload PDF and EPUB files into Google Play Books - Greenbot | Litteris | Scoop.it

Upload digital books you've purchased elsewhere to have 'em available wherever you go.


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Spotify for books

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A world of books at your fingertips “BEWARE of the person of one book,” said Thomas Aquinas, a medieval friar and author. The risk of encountering such...

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How stories change hearts and brains

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Across time and culture, stories have been agents of personal transformation – in part because they change our brains

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The Impact of Storytelling in a Digital World

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“The meaning behind the words…the feeling is more significant than the words themselves, so…listen.” Unknown  “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader…not in the fact that it is raining, the feeling of being rained upon.” E.L. Doctorow     Anyone can write. But good writing… the kind that captures a reader’s attention... Read More

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Self publish a textbook with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

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Prepare Your File: Amazon’s new Kindle Textbook Creator Beta helps you convert PDFs of your textbooks, course notes, study guides and other educational content that includes complex visual information like charts, graphs and equations into Kindle books.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 25, 5:22 PM

This looks like Kindle's attempt to compete with Apple's iBook Author. It's free so why not give it a try.

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Habilidades para la lectura digital - Infotecarios

Habilidades para la lectura digital - Infotecarios | Litteris | Scoop.it

Cuáles son las demandas que dichos textos imponen a los lectores y partir de ahí para desarrollar nuevas habilidades requeridas para este tipo de lectura.


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Domínio público: o 'Pequeno Príncipe' é de (quase) todos

Domínio público: o 'Pequeno Príncipe' é de (quase) todos | Litteris | Scoop.it

O caso mais polêmico deste ano é o ingresso em domínio público do "O Pequeno Príncipe", um dos maiores fenômenos editoriais de todos os tempos. Para o ano que vem, esperem ainda mais polêmica.

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Marketing y Servicios: ¿Qué será del libro en la era digital?

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Nuevo post ¿Qué será del libro en la era digital?: Más vale no decir “revolución digital” con respecto a los l... http://t.co/I7ry14N1Sy

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Bookshare: Sitio web que ofrece lecturas para las personas con discapacidad para la leer

Bookshare: Sitio web que ofrece lecturas para las personas con discapacidad para la leer | Litteris | Scoop.it

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50 most popular images about books, reading, and libraries

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A list of images about books, reading, and libraries, that were most frequently shared on Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media networks.

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Kindle Unlimited subscribers buy more books, says Nielsen - SlashGear

Kindle Unlimited subscribers buy more books, says Nielsen - SlashGear | Litteris | Scoop.it

Last summer, Amazon introduced its Kindle Unlimited subscription ebook service, something that gives users access to hundreds of thousands of books for a flat


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Arqueiro dinamarquês faz com que Legolas pareça um idiota

Arqueiro dinamarquês faz com que Legolas pareça um idiota | Litteris | Scoop.it

or culpa da literatura de fantasia nós geralmente glamorizamos a Idade Média. Guerreiros em armaduras brilhantes, paredes de escudos, grandes espadachins bailando com suas lâminas fatais e arqueiros que parecem snipers medievais povoam a cultura pop. O que ninguém nunca conta para a gente é que as pessoas que escrevem este tipo de literatura não tem o minimo conhecimento de como as batalhas medievais realmente funcionavam. …

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Escrita criativa: O que é? Para que serve?: Rui Zink at TEDxCoimbra - YouTube

Rui Zink Escritor e professor na Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Autor de três dezenas de livros, entre ensaio, ficção e romance, traduzidos em várias línguas apresenta esta palestra sobre escrita criativa.

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13 Literary and Book Related Prints and Posters

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Bookish, Literary, and Book Related Prints and Posters for decoration your house, office, library, and walls.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, January 25, 3:23 PM

25 January 2015

 

I enjoy discovering the sites that provide unique ways to promote a love of reading publicly, whether it is on the walls of a classroom, a library, a young person's bedroom, a family's home, in our wardrobe...anywhere we can proclaim a love of reading publicly.

 

There are many pro-reading posters in this collection however, I must admit that the one featured above spoke to me in ways that the others only did at lesser levels.

 

Unlike others that felt a bit too much like adults trying to tell kids what to think is cool, this one "tells a story" that reminds this viewer, at least, that THESE are the REAL REASONS why reading is a good thing.

 

It reminds us that reading is about being an enjoyable way to engage in the discovery of ideas worth thinking about; thinking about what it means to be a caring or uncaring person. Reading provides an enjoyable way of expanding our receptiveness to revisiting our current understandings of what it means to be a humane being. 

 

In some way, the poster captures for me the magic of the overlapping space in the Venn Diagram of Plot and Theme; that sweet spot where the focus on both is perfect for effective teaching of reading and literature. 

 

I've seen teachers who make faces that silently convey the same repulsion that people's faces make when they have smelled something terrible nearby, when they are actually unhappy with a student's excessive interest in books that appear to be heavy on plot but vapid in theme.

 

And, I've seen students who make the same faces when they feel that a teacher is way too focused on "ruining the story" with excessive analysis of structure and theme in books that have plots for which the student has not yet discovered any way to find any interest at all.

 

In the poster above, we see engaged readers. Period. We are not told by what means these particular readers became engaged readers. It may well be because they have been fortunate to have had parents, teachers, librarians, and/or friends who planted and cultivated the seeds of life-long reading spectacularly. But, the poster's first impression for me is its focus on the rewards of engaged reading.

 

We don't know if the comments were stimulated by an unexpected plot turn or by the contemplation of the motives behind that plot turn. What we do know is there are actively engaged minds in every one the the readers. And that's a good thing.

 

So... let me engage in a bit of excessive thematic and structural analysis.

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NOTE: Each poster is linked to a web site where the poster is for sale. I mention this not to encourage you to consider purchasing one of the posters, but rather to point out that you will there be able to see a larger version of the poster. In fact, when you get there, click again on the poster for an even larger view.

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RE: THE TEXT

"What!": I love the punctuation. A question mark might suggest confusion and a lack of understanding of what just happened while the exclamation mark suggests to me that the reader is fully aware of what just happened and is having both an emotional and intellectual moment of contemplative outrage at what just happened.

 

"Hmm...": Another punctuation observation. I love the ellipsis. "Hmmm" is often used to suggest something like, "Hmm, I just want you to know that I heard you, but do not wish to encourage you to think that I agree with you." Or, it is often used to suggest something like, "Hmm, I hadn't thought about it that way before. I'll have to give that some thought." It is the ellipsis that encourages me to wonder what that readers' take on the particular scene actually was. 

 

"Oh!": I've read so much about the exclamation point being considered by so many to be a crutch for weak writers. The advice against using the exclamation mark generally runs along the lines of suggesting that if a writer has to tell the reader to find the writing shocking then the writing itself is weak. There are occasions where I find this advise true and there are occasions when I find this advise well-intended, but over-reaching and stifling to learners. In this case, remembering that the engagement between individual readers and individual stories is very personal, some readers might be shocked by a particular passage while others might said, "Of course. Who didn't see that coming?" The exclamation point in this poster tells me that this is a reader in the midst of total personal immersion and that she has come across something startling TO HER. These are the moments in any story where we are emotionally and/or intellectually startled by the unexpected. And, the unexpected is frequently the point at which our contemplation of the underlying themes might be "peeking" out between the lines.

 

RE: THE IMAGERY...

Body Language: There may be a parent, teacher, librarian or friend nearby, but if so they have been cropped out of the poster. The focus is on the reader's engagement and we know these readers somehow managed to reach the age they have reached and have not, as too many of our students have, abandoned a personal interest in reading.

 

The reader in the upper left corner is reading in the "default preferred" mode. She is sitting up straight and appears to be engaged and "properly attentive." Fine. If that is a way to read and discover the wonders of reading for her. Great. And, by the way, it may be important to note that she may not be simply representing the "traditional" posture of expected reading body language. She also appears to be representing the faction of readers who are perfectly okay with reading on digital devices.

 

The reader in the upper right corner who may be sitting on the floor, or in a bed, or near a campfire, or....., is obviously engaged. I don't know what she is reading, or why she is reading, but I do know she's intensely engaged.The subtlety of her leaning forward and of her fingers to her lips are indications of a sincere engaged attentiveness. 

 

Several of the readers are in positions not universally recognized as being beneficial to attentive reading. Yet each seems to give "some" clear visual indications of being attentively engaged.

JUST SOME ELEMENTS THAT I FOUND WORTH CONTEMPLATING

The standing reader is reading a newspaper. Why is she standing? Maybe she's on the subway, waiting for a bus, or a table at a table with a line out the door. Who knows, but if so, she's choosing to use that time to read.  

 

The reader in the lower right corner is listening to her iPhone. I remember when the default expectation was to not be listening to music while I was reading. Though I always liked reading, I remember an entire collections of surreptitious (read serious guilt causing) ways I'd discovered to disguise the fact that I had music playing while I did my reading homework. 

 

It wasn't until I was in college that I discovered that I had been essentially using music as a sort of white noise, drowning out the conversations leaking into my reading space from other rooms, or the sounds of kids who were still outside playing loudly, or the burping refrigerator noises, and TV sounds distracting me while I tried to concentrate on doing my homework reading. I did come to understand that music without lyrics made for more effective white noise isolation than music with lyrics. By the way, did you notice that the girl with the earbuds happens to be reading sheet music? Now that just might be a deeper engagement in reading if you ask me.

 

BUT what about the reader who is smoking? I'm kind of hoping her "OH!" exclamation is indicating that she's reading an article about the the dangers of smoking that was somehow able to cut past her inherent resistance to being receptive to revisiting her primary focus upon a perception that smoking is a sign of being cool.

 

Who knows?

 

But one thing is for sure, the poster has done a great job of engaging my interest in keeping an open mind about effective reading and literary analysis education.

 

 ~ www.GoogleLitTrips.org ~

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24 Hours to Improve Your Book

Have a free day and want to sharpen up your book?

There are lots of quick ways to improve your manuscript. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the empire could definitely fix up a few statues in between sunrises.

Here’s our list of easy, fast editing tips:


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The Best Ways to Sell Books Online And Offline

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Should book marketing be constrained to online efforts only, or is there still room for more traditional methods? You may be surprised at the conclusions!

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Brian S's curator insight, January 22, 3:53 AM

Online is not the only way to promote books.

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Más apuestas por los nuevos canales de venta de ebooks | Comunicación Cultural

Más apuestas por los nuevos canales de venta de ebooks | Comunicación Cultural | Litteris | Scoop.it

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"Una inteligente iniciativa que nace a raíz de la gradual desaparición del tradicional canal de ventas, las librerías físicas, y que puede ayudar a reducir la creciente posición dominante de Amazon en la venta de libros de papel y digital".

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Black Lives Matter: Building Empathy Through Reading (Part I) | The Hub

Black Lives Matter: Building Empathy Through Reading (Part I) | The Hub | Litteris | Scoop.it

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BJ Neary's curator insight, January 19, 8:03 PM

Such great titles, look for Part 2 soon!

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Thomas Merton, místico do século XX

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Pacifista, ativista, conhecedor de espiritualidades ocidentais e orientais, prolífico escritor, ele faria 100 anos no próximo dia 31
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Widgets are coming to Book Creator - choose your favourites! - Book Creator app | Blog

Widgets are coming to Book Creator - choose your favourites! - Book Creator app | Blog | Litteris | Scoop.it

Work is underway on Book Creator 4.0 which will add support for widgets (similar to iBooks Author). We're supercharging Book Creator for iPad!


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