Wednesday, July 29

#22 (WEEK 10) Explore eBooks & Audio eBooks

For this Thing, you will explore where you can get free ebooks and get an idea of the types of titles you can find here. Take a look around and locate a few titles of interest. Many libraries have audiobook and ebook collections, so check what they have in their collections. Audiobooks are popular for ELL and Special Education students, as well as commuters who enjoy a good story during a long walk or ride. There are a number of commercial audiobook and ebook sources, and many of these companies have exhibits at library and other educational conferences.

Discovery Exercise:
  1. Explore World EBook Fair' site for FREE downloads from the Gutenberg Project. Also just explore the site - there's much to check out.

  2. Create a blog post about your findings.
Discovery Resources:
  • LibriVox, audiobook versions of copyright-free books from the Gutenberg Project. Read by volunteers. Started in August 2005 by Hugh McGuire. Check it out!
  • British Library Online Gallery includes digitized original classics. An audio feature allows a visitor to have the book read aloud. Don't miss the original version of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground. Mozart's Musical Diary includes 75 audio excerpts. Take the tour and encourage your students and colleagues to do so too! This resource is AMAZING.
  • Check out this site, too: "Best Places to Get Free Books"
  • Ask your librarian for local and on-line audio book resources. Does it have eBook and audioBook collections?
Carriculum Connections
  1. Record your presentations and/or lectures and make them available to your trainees for revision (many mp3 players and mobile phones will let you record on-the-cheap)
  2. Have your trainees produce material of their own, either from scripts you provide or starting from a basic concept.

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