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Bookboon - On-line Textbooks for Free

Bookboon - On-line Textbooks for Free | technologies |

Download free eBooks and textbooks

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Bookboon offers more than 500 free etextbooks to high school and college learners. 
There are etextbooks available in ten core subject areas with additional subtopics with each subject area. 
The bulk of the etextbooks are focused on... 
 ► economics, 
 ► engineering, and 
 ► IT. 
Visitors to Bookboon can... 
 ► browse the title lists to find a book they want or 
 ► search Bookboon by keyword. 
Bookboon hosts books... 
 ► written in five languages. 
 ► that are all free to download. 
NOTE: Users have to provide an email address before they can download the books. 
Although Bookboon's books are, in the main, targeting university students, some of the books could be used with high/secondary school learners; practitioners can use excerpts to supplement other materials that they are already using in their learning environments.
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Go Social Studies Go

Go Social Studies Go | technologies |

Go Social Studies Go is a free site dedicated to making the study of history fun and painless.

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Go Social Studies Go could be an excellent resource for some practitioners and their learners.
The site is divided into three main sections;

   - U.S. History,

   - World History, and

   - World Religions
Learners can access text, comparable with many existing textbooks, along with multimedia elements for the topics they're reading about.
For some learners, Go Social Studies Go can offer a nice refresher on many topics pre-face-2-face sessions and/or when revising.

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 18, 2015 1:49 PM

How to make social studies fun

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Ways to make social studies fun and interesting.  

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200 Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection

200 Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection | technologies |
Discover a meta collection of Free textbooks (or "open textbooks") written by knowledgable scholars. A great way to learn and save money...
John Dalziel's insight:
This link is basically to a collection of 200 free textbooks spanning different subject categories. These include ...
● art and history,
● biology,
● business and management,
● chemistry,
● classics,
● computer science and information systems,
● earth sciences,
● education,
● history,
● languages,
● law,
● mathematics,
● psychology,
● sociology,
● political science
...and many more.
These open textbooks belong to different universities and colleges most of which are in North America.
eTextbooks are especially useful because of the numerous interactive features and tools they provide including things such as...
● highlighting,
● annotating,
● note taking,
● quick in-built searches,
● easy access
...and many more.
NOTE: While most of the eTextbooks can be read on any digital device, a few of them require special e-readers. Always make sure the eTextbook is compatible with your device before you download, rent or purchase it.
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Boundless - The Free Textbook Replacement

Boundless - The Free Textbook Replacement | technologies |

Boundless has launched the public beta version of its brand new site.


Boundless is...

- iPad-friendly and works on laptops;

- a way to turn open source information into a simple easy-to-use digital textbook;

- is free;

- generates digital resources for users based on the textbook practitioners and/or learners would normally use in their course(s).


Users can still use the printed textbook and use Boundless as a free digital supplement.


The new Boundless UI has an instant search feature built into it  and the digital textbooks have no expiration date. They’re not rentals or anything that would cost you money since it’s all open source.

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