Google Trek (with Streetview) through amazing places!

We’ve been spending a few rainy hours walking through the Galapagos and are itching to get to some of the other Google Trek sites, like the Eiffel Tower, Mt. Fuji, Iqaluit, Kennedy Space Center, Mt. Everest, Burj Khalifa, Grand Canyon and the Amazon Basin.

There’s also behind the scenes footage, underwater ‘streetview’ and additional photos.

http://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/

FREE Graphic Timeline of Natural and Human History #homeschool

Timeline Eons FREE for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

If you’ve been avoiding building your own classroom timeline or centuries book you might want to consider having a look at this app.

This app is an extensive and wide-ranging timeline where you can drill down in time to a fraction of a second! Rated for ages 9 and up, I think older kids will enjoy browsing the graphics and the fun facts with links to other resources.

This app includes Natural History, World History, US History, Science and Technology, Art and Architecture and Sports.

Hope you enjoy it!

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.

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.

 

Long car rides ahead? Need audio books? #homeschool

Long car rides ahead? Need audio books?

Today we’re welcoming a guest post from Greta Kvinnsland!

For those long rides in the car this summer or for those who need to listen
instead of use print media, try Librivox Recordings at www.Librivox.org.

Librivox is the result of something called The Gutenberg Project where there are currently over 4000 books available in digital print or audio, for free download.

Kids today might think that older titles aren’t interesting but there are so
many classics here that really are great stories and they have titles for all ages.

You can download a zip file of the entire audio book to your computer and then to
any MP3 player, or burn to CD. The files are available in several formats (I use MP3)
or they’ve also done something quite high tech – you can subscribe to books
as daily podcasts via iTunes and they come to you a few chapters at a time
and they download via iTunes every day on podcast. Search for Librivox inside the iTunes store.

In addition, if you have an Apple product you can download a free audio
reader from the iTunes Store and then get the books – search on Librivox.
On the iPad you can go through a catalog and it downloads the books directly
to your iPad and the reader reads the audio book to you – probably the same for
other Apple products.

The readers are a mix of synthetic voices, and real people reading and I’ve
found some voices I like better than others. With 4000 titles to choose from if I don’t like it I move on. Sometimes I get a British person reading who pronounces words differently and my child doesn’t understand. Some books like Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens novels, Anne of Green Gables, the Bible, have multiple versions and readers to choose from.

There are language courses and books available in, I think, 17 languages
from Latvian to Latin and Hebrew.

If you have a regular computer, then you can download to your computer and use the speakers to listen, or for about $65 you can get a bluetooth headset on Amazon to be wireless or for the same $65 or less you can get any number of MP3 players. Sorry if I’m talking down to anyone but I find that a lot of us parents haven’t had the time to figure out all these options.

Thanks Greta for sharing info on Librivox. It’s a very valuable resource for us homeschooling moms.

First iPad Magazine for Kids – Timbuktu – free

Italian company Timbuktu claims to have the first iPad magazine for kids.

So far, from what I’ve seen the graphics are nice and bold and, of course, my favorite part is that it’s free. 🙂 It’s aimed at presenting the news in an appropriate-for-children way. If you’d like to see it for yourself visit the Apple App Store. The video below is from the developer:

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