Posted on January 25, 2011 by Rhondda
Formatting ebooks – EPUB Straight to the Point A good guide to creating EPUB files ceated by best-selling author Elizabeth Castro shows you how to prepare EPUB files, make the files look great on the screen, work around EPUB weaknesses, and fix common errors
The Glamis Hub Strathmore Secondary College library have recently set up their own library blog. “They wanted a platform whereby they could recommend books through genres and also give students the opportunity to share their reading experiences by interacting with one another and discuss books they loved, hated or were just plain disappointed in. They also hope to interest Year 7 and 8 English teachers to engage their students through this blog and encourage a love of reading.
Slightly addicted to fiction Judi Jagger, 2011 WA Children’s Book Council judge, has developed her own blog. It is a great read for anyone interested in children’s and YA literature.
SpineOut SpineOut is a Australian online magazine for young adults produced by the team responsible for the Good Reading magazine.
Listen2Learners – Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Listen2Learners was held on Monday 11 October, 2010 at Experimedia, State Library of Victoria. The Department partnered with 13 school teams from Victoria and interstate to provide an opportunity for decision makers in government, business, industry and the social arena to meet and learn from digital learners. Listen2Learners provided participants with the chance to meet digital learners, find out who they are, and see how they really learn, communicate and collaborate. What young people think and have to say is helping to shape decisions and inform policies
Lend Me Your E-books (Part 2) | Publishing Perspectives Erik Christopher considers the model offered by Overdrive and the future of lending as seen by the Open Book Alliance’s Peter Brantley.
Lend Me Your E-book (Part 1) | Publishing Perspectives A peice about e-book models offered to librarians by the United States’ two largest e-book retailers, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
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Posted on November 30, 2010 by Rhondda
2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning A web site on the challenges to education dealing with tech. This 2020 Forecast illuminates how we are shifting toward a culture of creation in which each of us has the opportunity – and the responsibility – to make our collective future. People are creating new selves, organizations, systems, societies, economies, and knowledge.
Nik’s Quick Shout: AudioBoo to Posterous: Audio Podcasting from the Classroom Quick classroom podcasting direct from your students with an iPad or mobile device- post from Nik Peachey
Edinburgh Zoo Penguin Cam Live webcam of the penguin enclosure at Edinburgh zoo. Great at the moment while it’s covered in snow.
What librarians make. A response to Dr. Bernstein and an homage to Taylor Mali « NeverEndingSearch Joyce Valenza’a excellent response to Dr. Bernstein’s suggestion that in this Internet age, Governor Cuomo eliminate the antiquated requirement that all high schools have at least one full-time librarian and a minimum number of books.
Tech Transformation Blog : Assessment OF learning –v- Assessment FOR learning Assessment, Teaching and Learning
Tech Transformation Blog: The link between student assessment and improved teaching practices Assessment doesn’t have to be a big deal that causes anxiety on the part of both students and teachers, as often happens in the end of unit or end of year exams. In fact it can be carried out as part of the normal classroom routines, so that a teacher can be constantly checking to see that students are understanding the concepts.
Enabling a Participatory Culture using Creative Commons Licenses | Beth’s Blog A blog post where the author invited Gautam John, who works with Pratham Books, to write a guest post about their social publishing strategy where he briefly touched upon their use of Creative Commons licenses. In this post, shares more about how his organization uses Creative Commons licenses and why he thinks it is important for your organization to consider it
30+ Places To Find Creative Commons Media A good resource, showing creative commons media sources for audio, images and video
Do Podcasts Help Students Learn? In Autumn 2009, the George Washington University’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning studied a world history class of 262 students to find the answer. The answer isn’t simply “yes or no” – it depends on the student’s learning style, gender and motivation.
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Posted on November 17, 2010 by Rhondda
Sitting at home I have had time to listen to the Radio National Book Show, Yesterday (Tues 16th) there was a discussion by Andy Griffiths about Roald Dahl. The podcast is now up and you can listen to the recording of the session. This is the 20th anniversary of the death of the wonderful English (Welsh) storyteller Roald Dahl and Andy Griffiths talks about the impact of Roald Dahl on his own life and work.
Andy Griffiths is well-loved by many, especially the boys at our school. He quirky humour, that appeals to all children, especially to boys, is not always loved by adults, who seem not to remember their inner child. He has however won many awards and recently was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award for children’s fiction for Just Macbeth, his adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. This was a great way to introduce the Macbeth story to younger children and was a lot of fun.
The latest book by Andy we bought into the library this year was The very bad book. When the first one (The bad book ) came out a few years ago there were again adults selling the young people short and wanting to prevent it being sold let alone put into school, due to some of the impossible storylines. Talking about the stories with the kids just brought home how silly it is for adults to assume that the young cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is just fun and silly and totally not real. Some of this is discussed in the podcast and related to Roald Dahl’s writing as well.
Also on The Book Show site is a link to a podcast where Donald Sturrock and Ophelia Dahl discuss Roald Dahl.
Roald Dahl left instructions nominating his daughter Ophelia to write his biography or to choose a suitable person to do so. Ophelia is a trustee of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and has archived much of his work. She chose Donald Sturrock , a former BBC documentary maker, biographer and director, to write the biography. As a young man Donald had made a documentary on Roald Dahl and has also written five opera libretti including one based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. At the recent Times Cheltenham Literary Festival Dahl’s daughter Ophelia and biographer Donald Sturrock discussed the life and times of the great English storyteller.
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Posted on November 3, 2010 by Rhondda
There has always been a steady readership for John Marsden’s Tomorrow, when the war began series. After the publication in the early nineties the initial very high interest levels in this series has settled to remain constant until this year. There can be no denying that a film can breathe new life to a novel as it has done in this case.
The film version of Tomorrow, When the War Began was released in cinemas during the September school holidays, and Pan MacMillan have re-published the series of novels, with new cover designs.
There are obvious advantages for authors to have their novels made into films but in the translation from book format into screen format there will inevitably be some compromises made and that can sometimes be difficult for the author.
This was the subject of a broadcast on the ABC Radio National’s The Book Show on 19th. of October. The discussion by John Marsden about his story being filmed and “put out there’ to a whole new audience makes for a very interesting podcast that can be downloaded for later listening or sharing with classes. The way the characters look and behave in the film, the violence the screen and the visual images of the hitherto unknown enemy are just a few of the items covered by JM in this 17 minute interview. Apart from general interest in the books it would be good for students who are contemplating creating book trailers to hear John Marsden speak about the differences between the two mediums.
Another podcast worth listening to was the ABC’s Life Matters program where author and illustrator Graeme Base discusses the inspiration for his latest beautifully illustrated book, The Legend of the Golden Snail. In this podcast he talks about drawing on his childhood sea voyage to Australia as inspiration for the story about an epic sailing adventure, with some big lessons in life for a boy called Wilbur. If you visit the Graeme Base’s site you will also find trailers for the title.
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