OverDrive launches QuickStart eBooks for elementary schools

eSchool News

Service offers teacher-recommended titles with simultaneous access for K-5 students in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline. OverDrive, an eBook and audiobook platform for schools, wants all kids to become great readers. eBooks and eReaders News

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Ebooks Are Great — Just Not for Young Readers


When you talk to an adult reader about ebooks, they typically come down on one side of the fence or the other. Ebooks do their best to replicate (or improve upon) all that’s good about reading. The interactivity is where ebooks tend to claim the higher ground.

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App Smashing on the iPad: A Guide for the Elementary Classroom


Are you an elementary teacher looking for creative ways to integrate iPads into student learning? In any event, apps need access to the Photos app to insert or “pull” Camera Roll content. The following recommended push-and-pull apps are popular in elementary iPad classrooms: APP.

Summer SuperHighway: 3 Kyle Wilson Elementary Teachers on Internet Access and Student Engagement

Education Superhighway

” ESH: Before your upgrade, how did the level of Internet access impact teaching and learning? Veronica: One thing I’ve noticed is that attendance-wise, kids are able to keep up and access whatever is going on in class even when they have to miss school.

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school. You will immediately see that our teachers have access to iPads and many of their choices are iOS apps but often there are web versions and android apps for these as well.

Tips and Tools to Support Students in Publishing Their Own Digital Storybooks

Teacher Reboot Camp

Elementari – Create a free class account for up to 30 students. My Storybook – This web tool requires no registration and is simple to use with very young learners and elementary students. Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar !

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Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

The CoolCatTeacher

Owl Eyes has hundreds of free ebooks — the Canterbury Tales, The Odyssey, and all of Shakespeare’s work. But Owl Eyes isn’t just an ebook reader. What it allows the users to do is – first, to access any 360 image that’s on Google Maps, and view it.

5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

The author of Make Writing , Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers. Owl Eyes has hundreds of free ebooks — the Canterbury Tales, The Odyssey, and all of Shakespeare’s work.

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

But I’m talking about the research tool for Google Books that gives you access to millions of titles that are in the public domain. Now there’s an eBook option.

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Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move

The CoolCatTeacher

I have information for you on our website, and I have an eBook for your listeners as well that they can access at our website, [link]. Suzanne Creswell on episode 244 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

North Carolina School District Expands Access to Books with Online Literacy Platform from Fuel Education


Herndon, Virginia, April 23, 2018 — Although every elementary school has different student needs its teachers must support, each needs an extensive library of books for its students. Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) in Cary, NC, the 15 largest school district in the United States, has 114 elementary schools. With Big Universe, WCPSS is leveraging eBooks in several different ways across the district.

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Amazon wins $30M contract to sell e-books to NYC schools

eSchool News

A division designed for elementary schools, called K-5 QuickStart, is giving schools unlimited access to about 200 titles for $500 per month. A big move into education, Amazon edges out OverDrive to capture NYC e-book contract.

Barrow Night at the Athens Clarke Public Library

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

At the same time, Deirdre Sugiuchi, librarian at Oglethorpe Elementary, shared how she invited students to meet her one night at the library to sign up for library cards. This evolved into all of the 14 elementary schools signing up for a night to encourage families to visit the library.

13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

Good intentions to give all students access to the world’s knowledge were derailed by the cost of the websites and webtools that made that happen. Once you find a book, you access a scanned version (if available, say from Project Gutenberg) or purchase it at a linked bookstore. .

The Most Epic Digital Library For Kids and Educators


is an ebook app specifically designed for kids aged 12 and under. you have unlimited access to more than 25,000 quality books at a fixed monthly subscription rate. stands out from similar apps with its multi-platform accessibility. While eBooks are the main content on Epic!

WriteWell for Google Docs: Google Add-Ons and Chrome Extensions for Research, Writing, and Feedback (Part 1)


WriteWell for Google Docs is a Google Docs Add-on that includes a series of templates for elementary school, middle school, and high school classrooms. Once you’ve located WriteWell for Google Docs, click the “+ Free” icon and allow the app access to your Google account. ebook.

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4 Tips for Student-Created Digital Books

Graphite Blog

Just like reading an interactive ebook is more engaging than reading a print textbook, creating a digital book is a lot more fun than writing a typical report or essay. But more important than making learning fun, creating an interactive ebook gives students who struggle with writing a better tool for sharing their ideas and demonstrating knowledge. Though most ebook-creation platforms focus on narrative writing, most of my digital book projects are nonfiction texts.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If this is how the makerspace is set up in your school, then your kids may not have access to the resources, materials, and tools when they need them, especially for STEM or STEAM. Additional Resources referenced from Jackie’s blog: Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners.

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How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

When the year is up, they will never be charged again and will have continued access to the Facebook group and all club materials. There is a group for elementary (K-5) and one for secondary.

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4 Tips for Student-Created Digital Books

Graphite Blog

Just like reading an interactive ebook is more engaging than reading a print textbook, creating a digital book is a lot more fun than writing a typical report or essay. Though most ebook-creation platforms focus on narrative writing, most of my digital book projects are nonfiction texts.

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Pair Activities with Mobile Devices

Teacher Reboot Camp

Check out these Educreation monster drawings by elementary students. Have students use apps like Puppet Pals , Toontastic , Sock Puppets , Buddy Poke Pro (iOS/Android), Voxer (iOS/Android), or Piiig Walkie Talkie (for elementary) to practice role plays. ebook, Learning to Go , which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics. Click to access that resource!

On the Road with MathMINDs Games

MIND Research Institute

MathMINDs focuses on games that are generally accessible and desirable for multiple age ranges, which is why adults and kids love playing together. It’s not enough to close the equity and access gaps by giving students access to experiences. Ebook: Rethinking Student Engagement.

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Little Authors-Book Creator in the Kindergarten Classroom


Book Creator, by definition is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad. With over 25 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children's picture books, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more.

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To Raise a Reader

Reading By Example

It was a book I relied on when I taught elementary school. Educators feel the same way when we discover a new strategy or method and then think about all of the students we had in the past who did not have access to this better practice. MY STUDENTS ARE NOT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. If transportation is an issue, consider utilizing Overdrive , a digital library of eBooks and audiobooks. (I wrote this post last week for our families on my school blog.).

Read by Example Newsletter: Next Steps

Reading By Example

The spring of that year, I resigned my position as an elementary principal in another district. In addition (and I don’t want to get ahead of myself), subscribers would have full access to any eBooks and eCourses available for purchase on the blog. Am I able to access a free trial to see if I would want this subscription? With that, anyone willing and interested to write a compelling post for the blog will receive six months free access to the site.

StoryBots launches interactive resources for teachers

eSchool News

Teachers can gain free access to the platform by applying for the StoryBots Educator Network at www.StoryBots.com/educate. Since its founding, StoryBots videos have amassed more than 300 million views online, while its eBooks have been read more than 8 million times.

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Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

users moved from just accessing information and content to being able to directly interact with the content through commenting, remixing, and sharing it via social networks.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


Teachers and students can access CSO to utilize digital resources and teaching tools designed to supplement Carolina’s curriculum products such as Building Blocks of Science 3D K-5 science curriculum.

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Top 8 Advantages of an Interactive STEM Curriculum

Kitaboo on EdTech

According to the surveyed candidates who are now not working in STEM fields, they did not pursue a STEM career due to a lack of access to resources and opportunities. But now with mobile phones, tablets, and laptops being a part of school education, it is much easier to deliver STEM courses on these devices, making the courses more interactive, accessible and engaging. Related: 9 Benefits of Interactive eBooks. What is STEM?


Empowered Readers: Technology That Can Re-Inspire Students’ Love of Reading


Casey's Four Top eBook Platforms for English Language Learners. Finding Free eBook Platforms for My English Language Learners When surveyed, teachers report that their top three considerations for choosing tools are 1) price, 2) whether the tool was time-saving and simple to integrate into instruction, and 3) whether the tool tailored student tasks and instructions based on individual students’ needs.*.

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace


The irony was not lost on Luhtala and Burns when they rescued much-needed shelving from the elementary school. Clamping the refurbished shelves together, they created an 80-bin storage system that provided teachers and students easy access to the makerspace materials.

iPad Essentials: What can iBooks do for you?


iBooks can be used to access ePub books, the format of most downloadable books, which are themselves interactive in navigation via the use of tappable tables of contents. ScienceWerkz publishes fun, magazine-style eBooks with interactive features and video.

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The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

For students at Central Valley middle and high schools, accessing classroom lessons rarely involves opening a book. Teachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. By and large, it’s working.

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Getting Ready for @CSEDWeek and #HourOfCode

Mindspark Learning

If you’re an educator in an elementary school, check out these lessons for your students on Computer Science Fundamentals. The point is, computer science is more accessible than you may think, and engaging your students with lessons on computer science is free and easy.