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How to Get Free eBooks on Your Mobile Device

This is reblogged from my post on FreeTech4Teachers.

With the rise and prominence of eBooks have come a number of resources for educators and students to access free content on virtually any device. Using e-readers, tablets, or computers; in conjunction with apps such as Kindle, Nook,iBooks, Google Play Books, and OverDrive; you can access libraries of books for free on virtually any device. By downloading these free apps, you make your device a digital reading device that is not dependent on a specific vendor. JenCarey-1

Once you have the apps installed on your device, there are many resources you can use to find free eBooks. While books in the public domain are readily available, there are also self-published books, books available to educators, books on special promotions, and even places that will allow you to check out books temporarily. Here are a few places that you can go to find free eBooks:

  • Kindle books – Kindle curates a list of free and low priced books ($1.99)here; come back regularly for newly added materials, especially during promotions and the holiday season. If your school has signed up for Amazon’s Whispercast service, you can even push books directly to students’ Amazon accounts.
  • Nook Books – Barnes and…

For the rest of this article, see the post on FreeTech4Teachers.

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NYT: 100 Notable Books of 2013

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The New York Times has released its list of 100 Notable Books of 2013. The list includes both fiction and non-fiction works. If you own an eReader, Tablet, or have access to a computer, you can download samples on all of these titles using Kindle eBooks or Nook eBooks. Even better, if your local library offers eBooks as a borrowing option, you can add these charge free to your library!

The Best Education Apps for Kindle

This is a guest post from Charlie Schofield.

The Best Educational Apps for Kindle

Top Kindle Apps for Education

 With the advent of smart devices like the tablet PC, our lives will never be the same again.Tablets have revolutionized the way we work, play, learn, and communicate. Since children are the next generation of innovators, we have to prepare them for a more complex Digital Age. Textbooks are being replaced by tablets which are lighter and more economical. More schools and foundations are now working together to improve various BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs. Companies like Verizon, and Lowe’s are working with tablet manufacturers and schools to provide mobile technology solutions for education.

Educational Kindle Apps

Since the Kindle is one of the recommended tablet PCs for education, here are some apps that will help teachers, parents, and most especially students with their everyday school tasks: 

Untitled2Dabble (INI, LLC) – This app is designed to help kids learn spelling and discover new words. Dabble’s goal is to create five words by swapping tiles in each row and spell a word. After each round, the app shows the player the correct solution and earns corresponding points. Aside from enriching a child’s vocabulary, Dabble also helps develop strategy skills as players beat the time to form as many words as possible.

Evernote (Evernote) – Although, Evernote is widely used as a business and office app, it can also teach kids how to organize and keep track of information. They can search for images, text, audio and video clips, photos, and other things through this app. These notes can be saved and sent via email or share it on different social media sites. Evernote makes digital learning easier for both student and teacher.

World of Goo (2D Boy) – Based on the physics-based PC puzzle game, World of Goo helps players develop engineering and physics concepts. The app has one basic challenge: don’t let the structure collapse. Players have to analyze each challenge, use strategies while building a structure, and consider basic building principles like friction, tension, gravity, and weight. It’s a great app to teach kids about basic construction concepts.

Kids ABC Phonics (Intellijoy) – Helping kids build simple words through the right letter sounds, Kids ABS Phonics helps early readers practice letter recognition. Designed for preschoolers, this app features four games, which helps students build their pre-reading confidence. This app is recommended for children who are learning along the path to reading.

AB Math (Nicolas Lehovetzki) – Addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, and even Roman numerals are featured on this app. AB Math is basically designed to help students understand and develop the four basic math operations. Also, students will learn how to efficiently answer math problems and master the multiplication table. If you want to sharpen your fine motor skills, sequential abilities, and mental manipulation, this is the app for you.

Remember the Milk (Remember the Milk) – If you want to train kids on how to organize multiple project deadlines, complicated schedules, and long to-do lists, this is the app for you. Remember the Milk was designed with an intuitive interface to help users organize tasks according to name. Now, students can practice their time-management and decision-making skills when prioritizing tasks.

Speech with Milo: Verbs (Doonan Speech Therapy) – With the help of Milo, the app’s cartoon mouse, Speech with Milo helps students develop their English grammar skills. Since it’s focused on “verbs”, Milo teaches users about action verbs like “eating” or “played”. Speech with Milo also teaches proper pronunciation while expanding a student’s vocabulary.

Verdict

Kindle and the other tablet PCs in the market today have the potential to be great learning tools. They’re more portable and intuitive compared to a stack of textbooks. Students have ready access to information and they are becoming more social, thanks to social networking tools. Without a doubt, portable smart devices are necessary learning tools in our fast-paced, digital society. What other Kindle educational apps do you have in mind?

 

About the Author: Charlie Schofield is a tech writer, yo-yo enthusiast, and geek dad. He writes for Techie Doodlers and contributes to several other technology blogs. Contact him at charliejschofield@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @schofieldwrites.