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John Dalziel's insight:
The rare materials held at the Folger are meant to be actively used; Henry Folger once called the collection “a fine kit of tools for scholars.”
Today, the Folger Library continues to make its books, manuscripts, and artworks as accessible as possible within the limits set by their rarity and, in many cases, fragility.
Folger Digital Texts - your source for reliable, expertly edited and encoded Shakespeare texts
John Dalziel's insight:
The Folger Shakespeare Library, an invaluable open resource, has released all of Shakespeare’s plays as fully searchable digital texts, downloadable as PDFs, in a free, scholarly edition that makes all of its source code available as well.
Two entertaining & engaging presenters race headlong through the basics of biology (40 clips), world history (42 clips), Ecology (2)and Literature (1).
The presenters both educate and entertain.
These videos are well produced, fun, informative and provide digestible 10-15 minute chunks!
Well worth a closer look.
Earlier this year (2012) Shakespeare-lovers in London were treated to the massive World Shakespeare Festival.
The Globe to Globe project presented an unprecedented opportunity for theater goers to see all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays performed in 37 different languages at the bard’s own theater, the Globe.
The plays, available online via this link, staged by top theater directors, with over six-hundred actors from “all nations” were attended by audiences riveted by the culture shock of watching play they knew so well transformed by a cultural vocabulary they didn’t.
This has to be a resource that Literature learners and practitioners alike should find inspiring.
"Pin-a-Tale - Please tell us a little about your chosen work and how the author has captured the spirit of the place and what it means to you."
The British Library recently started a crowd-sourced mapping project that could be an ideal resource for British Literature Practitioners.
Pin-a-Tale is becoming a map of places that have influenced British literature over the last 1,000 years.
The pins on the map contain images and short stories about how places in the British Isles have influenced writing.
nextVista.org believes learning is stronger when it starts with an engaging introduction of each topic.
With practitioners and learners from all over the world contributing content, it will get easier and easier to find the presentation a learner needs to say, "I get it."
The library resources are available for free to anyone at any time, learners are able to learn when they are most ready to do so.
For practitioners, the available videos can be used in the classroom to generate discussion, or even when planning lessons to generate ideas.
Subject areas include...
60 Second Recap is a web based resource, and an iOS app, that uses short video clips to introduce 'great literature' in a way that's engaging.
Yes the advertisements are very annoying! There are pay options that avoid them; with adverts, however, all the content is available free of charge.
There are Video summary notes for To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, Hamlet, Jane Eyre, The Scarlet Letter, and more!
Typically, there are about 10 video clips for each title.
If you are a learner or practitioner of literature, and you aren’t familiar with this resource, check it out.
This Google-Maps/Amazon mash-up plots different places of interest and literature related to the place.
Novels on Location lets users search for places or books using the search bar.
Users can zoom through the map so that you can easily picture the setting of the book that you are reading.
A helpful teaching/learning tool helping learners understand the nature of a place and how relevant it is to the book’s story.
Each plot shows the book title, description, and the specific place setting.
Note: it is a user-contributed website; a Facebook account is required to add entries.
Send Once, Read Everywhere: Reading your personal documents on Kindle has never been easier.
•Send to Kindle is a free Windows program from Amazon.
•To enable users to send documents from a computer to their Kindle or another device, such as an iPad, that has a Kindle app installed.
•With Send to Kindle installed on learning provider PCs learners can right-click on a document file and transfer it wirelessly to a Kindle device.
•Very handy for anyone to read reports or other documents while away from a computer and or without Internet access. Practitioners/Learners may find this a good way to proofread documents while on the move.
Children’s Books Forever is a website with free children’s books that are downloadable in pdf format and are wonderful for expanding a Family Learning Practitioner's library.
The books can be used on an interactive whiteboard, power point, overhead projector, on iPads (or other iDevices), or computers in the learning environment.
New books are being added regularly to Children’s Books Forever so be sure to check back often!
The books can be read in multiple languages making it a wonderful place for those who are learning a second language or speaking English as a second language.
Make sure you click on the links in the left side bar, they lead you to additional books; books for toddlers, Waldo humor books, inspirational books and more information on author Hans Wihelm.
Many of the stories can also be used for "character discussions" with learners.
John Dalziel's insight:
The kind of material, found on this website, was once the preserve of the academics and historians who were able to access manuscripts.
John Dalziel's insight:
Learners can browse Jane Austen’s hand-written manuscripts in Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts, an online joint project from the University of Oxford and King’s College London.
As I'm sure you are all aware, audiobooks are recordings of books which are read aloud.
Why would we need audio books if we can read books ourselves?
Audio books can be listened to via audio devices while travelling or commuting to work.
Audio books are useful for...
This post provides a list of 20 websites where everyone can download free audio books.
The Poetry Archive is a treasure-trove of English-language poets reading their own work.
The link takes you to a webpage where you'll find information about who to look for in the Archive, and how to find them, as well as information about how to discover - by theme or region or guided tour - poets whose work learners and practitioners alike, may not yet know.
An interesting resource for history/social studies/media classes or English Language Arts/Reading classes to put the period of a book, that is being read, into perspective for learners.
- Select a year and view videos from that year
- sports, and/or video games, and/or commercials, and/or current events, and/or television, and/or movies, and/or music from a specific year
- click refresh, and TRAVEL THROUGH TIME.
YTTM lets users voyage to whatever year they pick.
Note: clips tend to be mainly from the USA.
Discovery Space is a new section of the Globe Education website.
Discovery Space offers insights into...
- producing and
- staging productions
...at Shakespeare’s Globe.
There are also...
- interviews with actors,
- an archive of past productions,
- information for learners
- teachers’ notes on school set works,
- academic papers
- links to further information sources.
A great resource for drama practitioners and those who use Shakespeare’s work in their learning environments.
Looking for free downloadable audio books? Check out AudioLiterate.
AudioLiterate archives and displays free MP3 audiobooks from classical and public domain titles, allowing users to stream or download these files for their pleasure and/or learning.
Search for audio files by author and genre.
Clicking an audio book allows downloads from archive.org, although users can also choose to stream each chapter with their embedded audio player.
Easy to access for students, audiobook listeners, and avid readers.
Expect more books to become available as the website grows.
The Teaching Library is a place to find free teaching ideas and lesson resources, all linked to books that can be used in the classroom. Each book has ideas for uses in different areas of the curriculum, along with related video content and downloadable materials.
Ideal for Initial Teacher Training and Family Learning Practitioners
This site contains comic book images linked to the chemical elements via the periodic table. Comics include Uncle $crooge, Metal Men, Metamorpho, Batman, Fantastic Four, Superman, and many more.
Clicking on an element in the periodic table displayed on the homepage takes visitors to a list and images of comic book references.
After looking at these visitors can obtain more information about the element by using the provided link to Web Elements.
By making reading more interactive and animating the illustrations, "StoryTimeForMe" not only provides free books for young children, it puts reading up there with video games.
StoryTimeForMe encourages young children to pay more attention to reading, the free books are...
* made available and played as slow animations within a web browser. The animation of the books develops young children's interest;
* provide young readers with an interactive experience.
The text within each of the books is simple and highlighted while being read. The highlighting again develops young children's interest and encourages them to read the words that are displayed.
Through the controls located at the bottom of the page users can turn off the animation and the audio, highlight the narrated phrase, and manually turn pages of the book.
Clicking on individual words in the text results in them being read again and if underlined a pop-up image appears as well, to help understanding.
That's not all StoryTimeForMe has to offer; the books often contain socially relevant topics e.g. the books illustrate why children should not bully, why the environment should be cleaned, etc. Therefore StoryTimeForMe not only works to excite and engage children about reading, it also tries to teach them moral lessons.
Family Learning Practitioners, parents, guardians and carers will surely appreciate StoryTimeForMe