In May, our Dynamic Duo, Dyane and Vanessa along with their special guests Gail Laubenthal of Austin, TX, and Cheryl Poage of Andover, KS bring the topic of eReaders , eBooks, Kindles, Nooks, and iPads in the classroom. Our special guests have implemented these tools with their students and now they are ready to share with you the positives, challenges, and success tips for ebooks and digital reader implementation in your classroom.
To go along with the webinar, we are asking you to publish your own ebook using one of the below online tools or a tool of your choice and share with us your finished product. Show us your creativity. We are especially interested in links to your published projects along with a short description of the project itself and/or ideas of how you could implement eBooks and/or eReaders in your classroom or district.
The drawing was conducted and the prize was awarded.
Here are a few examples of eBook creators:
Click Easy: http://www.clickeasyebooks.com/
Little Bird Talew: http://littlebirdtales.com/
Book Builder: http://www.teachersfirst.com/20/getsource.cfm?id=8060
21st Century Skills Addressed in this Webinar -
Depending on how the project was directed any or all of these 21st Century Skills would be addressed
Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Media and Technology Skills, Self-Direction
ISTE Standards Addressed in this Webinar:
All of the NETS T would be implemented in an exemplary 21st Century Project
1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
c. promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students' conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.
2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
b. develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
c. customize and personalize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
b. collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.
Hi! I am Gail Laubenthal and will be sharing my experiences with eBooks at Tuesday's webinar. I teach an ESL PreK class in a Title I school in Austin, TX. My young children have helped me publish many eBooks this year. The children can "read" them through the iBooks app on the classroom iPods and iPad. As a treat, we will even create an eBook, using illustrations that some of my children created. I hope that you will join us next Tuesday, as we learn about eBooks together.
Whew! Am so glad I checked in...I had this on my calendar for today and then thought I missed it. I am truly looking forward to the webinar. One of the eBook creaters that I just discovered is FLIPSnack. It creates an electronic Flipbook and it's FREE!!! I'm going to put some of the how-to docs I have into it just for the novelty and use it in my next training.
One of my favorite new "books" is The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton for the iPad. Unfortunately it's not available for Androids yet but it makes reading an amazing kinesthetic adventure as well as one in text.
Naomi, not that I would ever play "devil's advocate" or anything like that, but it would seem to me that using the eBook in the classroom would not necessarily be cost effective. It is technology and does come with a cost that is ongoing. I guess when you get to be my age, curling up with a good eBook is not my idea of a relaxing evening. :-)
Any thoughts about the ongoing cost of the eBook and will you be able to access all the titles you need?
Just thinking out loud.
Thanks okay Neil- ruffle my feathers, I am up for the challenge. I am working with schools in the Midwest with many 1:1 initiatives driven by research and information fluency. Their tool of choice- not a netbook, not an iPad, but an eReader. Many of our districts are very rural and impoverished with a driving factor of poor literacy skills with students and their parents. "Innovative Mobile Learning Labs" of an eReader, padded book bags, Flip Cameras and LivescribePens are the new take home mobile tools for students to learn with their parents new literacy skills, a second language, and effectively recording communication between home and school as a family unit.
Teachers, students and parents are also "curators" in this learning process as an innovative team. They are also creating dynamic e-contact to make connections between home, family and community. The CK12 flexbooks http://www.ck12.orghave really helped with creating content specific ebooks to sync with the ereaders at no cost for our MS and HS kiddos. The opportunity to also choose a different Lexile reading level and language to guide the reading fluency has assisted for all students at varied levels to be successful in the reading proficiency too. Our younger students are also crafting their stories through storyboarding, scripting, recording of voice, video recording and epublishing. It is a systematic and dynamic way to provided the opportunity for every child to be an writer, editor, author, and publisher. This hands-on experience is totally engaging and students have ownership and are empowered with the learning. They are proud to teach their parents and the parents are very excited as well. Teaching the whole child also means teaching the whole family unit as well to promote student success.
There are also lots of titles of ebooks that are free are very cost effective, and sometimes cheaper than an physical book purchase. Here is a collect of ebooks our schools are using that I have bookmarked through:
Here is a great list of School Library Tweeters that are transforming media and literacy with eBook integration and instruction: http://schoollibrarywebsites.wikispaces.com/SchoolLibraryTweeters
Here is my favorite local WI dynamic 21st century library media specilist Jennifer Malphy onhow she is transforming her teaching and learning environment with eBook trailers and eBooks: http://kickapoobooktrailers.wikispaces.com/
And lastly, 17 free ebooks for Teachers and Parents: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/12/17-free-ebooks-for-teachers-and-parents.htmlhttp://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/12/17-free-ebooks-for-teachers-and-parents.html
Naomi, I knew I could never ruffle your feathers, but I had to try. :-) As I think about eBooks, eReader, et al in the classroom, I know that I am slow to change, but for today's kids, this is what they do. I still like to read and hold a hard copy of the newspaper or book in my hand, but for many of today's younger students, they have never really experienced that on a daily basis.
When I read this in your post, it really caught my eye. "Our younger students are also crafting their stories through storyboarding, scripting, recording of voice, video recording and epublishing. It is a systematic and dynamic way to provided the opportunity for every child to be an writer, editor, author, and publisher". There I go again, thinking like a 1950's teacher. What a great way to provide the student a chance to be the author, publisher, etc. And, how may standards does that meet!
Even though I am still concerned about cost and upkeep, I know that competition will eventually drive the price down. How long do think it will take to get ALL of the titles that are available in hard copy to be available for the eBook?
For me, access to ALL books is still the most important factor. Thanks for the links. I will share them with a few of the teachers I know that are using the eReader. The more content, the merrier!
Again, thanks for all of the great work you do.
Interesting question about cost. On the other side, an eBook reader on a tablet, laptop or computer offers adjustments for people with low vision, "old" vision, and just plain "late in the day" vision. It also allows for screen readers, built in dictionaries and other tools that are helpful to ELL and vocabulary building. The ability to annotate and highlight are included though these you can do on paper if you dare.
I think it's a matter of not better or worse in some respects...just different. I think the added value of many of the tools makes the price a moot point especially with the low cost of the electronic book.
I hope that we will continue to use both since it's still easier to sit in a circle with little folks and read a paper book but far more engaging to read an eBook that provides me with tools paper can't.
One of my all time favorite book sites is the International Digital Children's Library both for content and format. It's multi-cultural, includes many languages and is FUN to use. http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
Hi! My name is Cheryl Poage and I am looking forward to taking part in the webinar on eBooks and eReaders in the Classroom on Tuesday. I am an 8th grade language arts teacher, and I recently conducted a study on eReaders in the classroom. I am looking forward to sharing my results with you, discussing the experiences I had in getting started with this project, and weighing the pros and cons of various eReaders. Happy reading
I enjoyed using Little Bird Tales for my students to create an ebook and actually have them read their story for others to listen. They really enjoyed using this sight. This was my first attempt at having my students create ebooks and I really enjoyed doing this project with my students and plan on doing it at the begining of the year next year and though out the year to show their progress on their book writing skills and reading fluency.
I used a program for ipads called storybuddy. It allowed you to create a story with your students. The students are able to draw the pictures with a finger and write text for the page. It goes up to 16 pages. The only thing about this program is that it does not allow you to start another story unless delete the 1st story. It does allow you to turn the story into a pdf.
Little Bird Tales look promising as an ebook tool. You can create free accounts for students. There's a drawing tool for students - or you can upload digital images. Students can also record.
Review from Free Technology for Teachers:
Little Bird Tales is a nice site intended for younger students to use to create digital stories. Little Bird Tales walks users through each step of creating a multimedia story. Users can upload images, draw images, or record from their webcams. Stories can be written with text or narrated by students using microphones connected to their computers.
I used zooburst.com for my ebook. My kids did a book on how to do a volleyball bump. I put it together on zooburst. It is a type of pop up book.
This is fun and they kids love to watch it.
I loved the webinar tonight. I have much to consider as I plan for the next year. Here is an example of an eBook I created with my pre-kindergarten students:
Recently, I have started to create books for each student! They love to see their work and words in print!
I have used story bird and with my higher level students. Parents have been very impressed with their technology and reading improvement that many have purchased them kindles. I had several parents thanking me for encouraging the the love of reading. The only problem is that my computers are slow and old and they keep spinning trying to download pictures. It becomes frustrating for the children especially in first grade. I don't know if anyone else has had the same experience. It would be nice to have another resources to enrich their technology exposure especially for those that are reading below grade level. I too found them on task and willing to read more.
Our district is considering using Pages (Apple's word processor) to create ePub textbooks for some of our classes. With the ability to add photo's, web links, music/sound bites and movies, we think this might open up a whole new world of textbooks for some of our lower level students. When a book is exported from Pages as an ePub document we are then chaning the format for other eReaders using Calibre. Unfortunately this seems to strip some of the elements out of the ePub. We are hoping to find another way of putting things together so we can make texts available in whatever format a student has access too.
I really enjoyed this Webinar in May -- even though my schedule was a little out of control with the end of the year -- this was way worth it for sure. Great ideas and new Web 2.0 tools to investigate further over the summer - to gear up for next year!
Over this past year my students have investigated many different ways on how to best use eBooks and eReaders.
Here are some examples of our math eBooks:
Click on the videos below to let my students further explain how we have been using these tools in our classroom.
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I wanted to share some of the children’s literature online story reading sites I have discovered. Great interactive sites for kids! These are excellent sites to use with children, and they are free!
o Explore the ABCs—children can learn their basic English Language phonics
o Various levels of early reading to practice and enjoy
o Easy for preschoolers to manage on their own, but children 1.5 years of age through 3 will need some help.
o Go to the Austin Public Library’s site for “Youth Services”: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/library/kids.htm
o Click on the banner choice for TumbleBook Library Collection, click on Story Books.
o Here you have over 100 children’s books in English, Spanish, and other languages.
RIF’s “Leading to Reading” Choose English or Spanish: http://www.rif.org/leadingtoreading/en/
o Explore “Leading to Reading” for Babies and Toddlers and “Leading to Reading” for Preschoolers. Hear/view stories, rhymes, songs, games, “doodling,” “Explore”—informational site with high interest information.
Book Pals: Screen Actors Guild’s website: http://www.bookpals.net
Explore this wonderful literacy site created by our U.S. performing artists who are members of the Screen Actors Guild.
o Bookfinder: http://www.bookpals.net/cgi-bin/bookfinder/index.pl
o StoryLine Phone Lines: Available in various cities in the U.S. (see http://www.bookpals.net/content/staticpages/index.php?page=storyline)
o StoryLine Online: http://www.storylineonline.net/
Storyline online: Sponsored by the Screen Actors’ Guild: Standard children’s picture books read aloud and illustrations shared by famous actors/actresses: http://www.storylineonline.net
PBS.org: http://www.pbs.org : “Between the Lions”: Read and explore “Between the Lions” online.
“Between the Lions” site: http://pbskids.org/lions/ (Sample the stories and games based on books)
Register for KidThing.com: Dr. Seuss books online: http://www.kidthing.com/
o Download the free “kidthing player”
o If you are a teacher, you can get access to free online read-aloud versions of Dr. Seuss books.
o Featured this week is a free download for teachers of The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.
I saw that many of you were using epub bud but in my stalking this summer of iste attendees I saw someone posted that they have an edu site. Try http://edu.epubbud.com/ The examples on the side of the homepage are children's books. Share some more books cause these are great!