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.

XtraMath – awesome math drill site – free!

 

 

Maybe some of us are finding our kids are a little rusty in the math facts department after the summer break? This website will help you!

Sign up for free and XtraMath visually charts your child’s progress with quizzes. It is expected that your child will login every day and practice. It’s an awesome site that encourages self-competition. There’s nothing better than beating your previous score!

You can set yourself up as a teacher/parent and have any number of children ‘report’ to you. You can be notified of quiz results and how each student is doing. Your child can also be reminded to login and practice too.

Be sure and take a look – you won’t regret it.

XtraMath.

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.”

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.

 

Visual Math: Making Math Fun! : The Wonder of Tech

Visual Math: Making Math Fun! : The Wonder of Tech.

Here’s the direct link for Visual Math: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/visual-math-level-1/id435836850?mt=8

My dirty little secret… #homeschool #charlottemason

Okay, it’s out. I have a dirty little secret. I love technology AND I’m a Charlotte Mason homeschooler.

I know, I know. Some people may think that you can’t pitch your tent in both camps. How can you be a follower of an educational philosophy from the turn of the last century that embodies the essence of delicious living books while advocating the use of, dare I say it…screens…??!?!

Well, any modern day follower of Miss Mason knows that it’s the perfect philosophy for technophiles for a number of reasons. The most obvious being the proliferation of ebooks.

If there’s one thing that stands out amongst Charlotte Mason types, it’s our love of quality books. Good, well-written, ‘living’ books where the author embraces the passion of their chosen subject and passes it along to the reader. Thankfully, an extraordinary number of quality books are now available as ebooks for free or fairly inexpensively. Check out my previous post where I list reputable free ebook sites. You can’t beat the ability to store and read thousands of books on devices as small as an iPod Touch or a Kindle or an iPad and have them accessible when you need them instead of sitting, hidden behind another book, somewhere on a shelf.

Charlotte Mason also advocated short, focused lessons. And nothing draws a child’s attention like a ‘gadget’. Technology can help a distracted child focus those precious minutes on learning while still satisfying their curiosity. I’ve found that it takes twice as long to drill math facts by ‘hand’ (flashcards) than if I had my child drill with a website. And well-designed sites and apps also chart progress and other interesting stats. Check out Math-u-See’s drill page for distraction-free practice.

Foremost, Miss Mason’s philosophy encompasses education as being an ‘environment’, a ‘discipline’, a ‘life’. I think that by providing your children with an environment that incorporates technology instead of fearing it, the precedent is set for your child’s success in the future.

We’re learning simple Fractions with virtual pizzas #homeschool #edtech

Is there anything better, or more delicious, than learning fractions with pizza? No, and just for the record Pizza Fractions isn’t delicious but it sure beats learning basic fraction skills the old-school way.

This would be a good app for your child to use while you’re sitting around waiting for your pizza to arrive. This way you’re a homeschool-mom hero for turning yawning time into learning time while introducing or reinforcing basic fractions. You Go Girl.

Pizza Fractions: Beginning With Simple Fractions for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

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