Freebook Sifter – A Resource for Free eBooks

Oh, I know what I’m doing today when I catch some free time! I’m camping out at Freebook Sifter.

Freebook Sifter is a compilation site of, you guessed it, free ebooks. It has the books sifted into categories and subcategories, including breaking the Children’s eBooks category into age groups and other relevant subjects.

Another advantage is users have rated the ebooks as well. Be aware though that not all books listed are for young eyes!

Check out Freebook Sifter and see what interesting reads you can find. And don’t forget I have a list of ‘reputable ebooks sites’ too.

Freebook Sifter – A Resource for Free eBooks.

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TED-Ed | James Watson on how he discovered DNA

If you haven’t discovered TED-Ed you should really go now!

Here they’ve developed a site that uses the famous TED Talk videos and transforms them into lessons. The lessons include the video, a quiz and ways to dig deeper into the subject. If you don’t care for the lessons they’ve provide you can ‘flip’ it into your own words and references.

Check out this one on James Watson, one of the scientists that discovered DNA. Charlotte Mason would love this first-hand account!

James Watson

TED-Ed | James Watson on how he discovered DNA

Apple – Education – iPad makes the perfect learning companion

iTunes U for iPad.

Wow, is it really here or is it almost here? Is this the educational shake-up that we, the people, have been hoping for?

It’s a darn good start!

Apple has introduced, for free, the iTunes U app, an app that allows complete courses and materials to be available on iPads….and a number of courses are free.

Below I have the description from Apple. Be sure to check it out in iTunes and take the time to read some of the user comments…I’ve never seen such jubilation! I do suspect that much of the excitement is for the anticipation of what’s to come. Will you be able to take courses from respected universities and colleges, from all over the world,  from your iPad,  for a nominal fee, AND graduate with a degree sometime soon? A shakeup indeed!

“The new iTunes U app lets you put all the assignments and materials students need for a complete college or K-12 course on their iPad. And they can tap into the world’s largest online catalog of free education content from anywhere. Learn more about iTunes U

Complete courses on iPad.

With the iTunes U app, students can carry everything they need for the course wherever they go. They can listen to lectures, read new iBooks textbooks, watch videos, and stay on top of assignments. And when you post an update or send a message to your class, they receive a push notification with the new information.

The world’s largest online catalog of free education content.

Anyone can start learning right away by browsing over 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects. Hundreds of universities, colleges, and K-12 school districts distribute content through iTunes U, including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley, along with other distinguished entities such as MoMA, the New York Public Library, and Public Radio International.

via Apple – Education – iPad makes the perfect learning companion.”

Monster List of Apps for People with Autism #homeschool #edtech

At Apps In Education they have a fabulously huge list of apps, nicely sorted, for people with autism. It includes a brief summary and where it might help develop certain skills. The price is also listed for convenience.

That being said this is a great list of educational apps for children without autism too. Especially if there’s a specific skill you’d like to work on.

Check it out:

Apps in Education: Monster List of Apps for People with Autism.

Did you know YouTube has a Teacher channel w/tips? #homeschool #edtech

 

 

Teachers Channel – YouTube.

 

 

Make your own Flashcards for iPhone/iPad #homeschool

 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a serious index card addiction. And I especially love to have flashcards. I think they’re an amazing way to reinforce learning.

Well, I’ve now found a free digital version at the Apple app store. It’s a aptly named Flashcard. It also integrated with Quizlet, so you can use flashcard decks others have set up or if you’ve already been using Quizlet you can continue to use your decks.

Check it out here – App Store – Flashcards.

Khan Academy at the app store for your iPhone/iPad #homeschool

I noticed today that you can get a Khan Academy app for your iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad. One of the advantages is you can view cached videos off-line. This is a nice way to take your school on the road…like when you’re in a waiting room or standing in line waiting to get on a roller coaster – just kidding. Well, I guess you could.

It’s free at the Apple app store.

App Store – Khan Academy: A Classroom In Your Pocket.

 

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