Using E-books with Interactive Whiteboards Rhonda Edwards and Debbie Philips Eagle Nest Elementary School
What is an E-book?An E-book, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary of English, is "an electronicversion of a printed book which can be read on a personal computer or hand-helddevice designed specifically for this purpose". E-books are usually read on dedicated hardware devices known as e-Readers ore-book devices. Personal computers and many cell phones can also be used toread e-books.
Advantages·Availability-Mobile availability of e-books may be provided for users with a mobile data connection, so that these e-books need not be storedon the device. Can be offered indefinitely, without ever going "out of print". Jeffrey P. Bezos, Amazons founder and chiefexecutive says, "Our vision is every book, ever printed, in any language, all available in less than 60 seconds.·Portability and Storage-In the space that a comparably sized print book takes up, an e-reader can potentially contain thousands of e-books, limited onlyby its memory capacity. If space is at a premium, such as in a backpack or at home, it can be an advantage that an e-bookcollection takes up little room or weight.·Language Accessibility- E-book websites can include the ability to translate books into many different languages, making the works available to speakersof languages not covered by printed translations.·E-Reader Attributes-Depending on the device, an e-book may be readable in low light or even total darkness. Many newer readers have the ability todisplay motion, enlarge or change fonts, use Text-to-speech software to read the text aloud, search for key terms, find definitions,or allow highlighting bookmarking and annotation.
·Security- Depending on possible digital rights management, e-books can be backed up to recover them in the case of loss or damage andit may be possible to recover a new copy without cost from the distributor.·Distribution-An e-book can be purchased, downloaded, and used immediately, whereas when one buys a book one has to go to a bookshop,or wait for a delivery.·Environmental Concerns-The production of e-books does not consume paper, ink, etc. Printed books use 3 times more raw materials and 78 times morewater to produce·Costs- While an e-book reader costs much more than one book, the electronic texts are generally cheaper. Moreover, a great share ofbooks are available free of charge. For example, all fiction from before the year 1900 is in the public domain. Free samples arealso available of many publications, and there are lending models being piloted as well. E-books can be printed for less than theprice of traditional new books using new on-demand book printers..
How much do these e-readers cost? Where do I find them?
The iPadThe iPad is a computing device, developed by Apple, meant for internetbrowsing, media consumption and light content creation. Released inApril 2010, it is considered to have introduced a class of devicesbetween smartphones and laptops.Like the older iPod Touch and IPhone devices, the larger iPad runs theiPhone operating system and uses a multi-touch LCD display for mostuser interactions. It runs iPad-specific applications as well as oneswritten for the iPod touch and iPhone, including e-book readers.The iPad uses wireless connections ( WiFi or a 3G cellular network) tobrowse the internet, load and stream media, and install software. It hasa lengthy battery life.
Types of Phones using E-book AppsMany applications are free. Downloads very simple
What to Look for in an eBook Reader Design ·touchscreens · LED backlights ·touchscreen ·screen size/type ·wireless capabilities · Read to Me feature on the Kindle 2, ContentSome eReaders have hundreds of thousands of titles available from a dedicated service whileothers can support a few files found on the Internet. This is completely up to you as the purchaser.
Memory/Battery Life Life of your eReader is crucial. Nobody wants their reading device to run out of power before the climax of their novel. The number of pages that can be turned on a singcharge and the amount of memory available for storing books makes the eReader experience more enjoyable. Additional Features grayscale levels audio formats image formats text-to-speech featureThe best eBook readers will have a good combination of each of these features and will disappear as you read, just likenormal book would.
E-books in the classroom?PDF: download, place in presentationsCD-Rom: stand alone computers for center activities for students.
Download most recent technology for using e-books:http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/
Mobipocket Offers Free ereader Download to sample books
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Wampus Cat Match among devices of figurative language (including 3-1.4 Distinguish simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole) and sound devicesMatch the word with the figurative oronomatopoeia and alliteration). (including descriptive language in each sentence The golden light of the late afternoon sun lit the tops of the tall pine trees like torches. It was the kind of house a kid could wear. We liked to sit in our row of chairs and watch tangerine sunsets. As the last rays of light blinked out, the inky darkness crept up from the marsh grass. When we hauled our suitcases in from the porch, the warm, doughy smell of hot biscuits greeted us. My mom and Miss Paula began to fill the table with steaming bowls brimming with butter beans, rice, fried chicken, and a basket of fluffy, buttermilk biscuits. It was a shrill cry that trilled from a high to a low note.
The Making of A Mystery1. Use SQ3R to look for sentences in chapter 1 that cause the reader to infer that aproblem may arise in the story. Write as many sentences as you can find.2. Write two sentences of your own that could be used as a "hook" that infers that aproblem may come up later in a story.3. Share your sentences with the class. 4-1.7 Create responses to literary texts through a variety of methods (for example, writing, creative dramatics, and the visual and performing arts).
3-6.5 Use the Internet as a sourceof information.
One Acorns Journey... addressesHabitats and Adaptations:3-2.1 Illustrate the life cycles of seed plants and various animals and summarize how they grow and are adapted to conditionswithin their habitats.3-2.2 Explain how physical and behavioral adaptations allow organisms to survive (including hibernation, defense, locomotion,movement, food obtainment, and camouflage for animals and seed dispersal, color, and response to light for plants).3-2.3 Recall the characteristics of an organism’s habitat that allow the organism to survive there.3-2.4 Explain how changes in the habitats of plants and animals affect their survival.3-2.5 Summarize the organization of simple food chains (including the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers).Settlement of South Carolina:3-2.4 Compare the culture, governance, and geographic location of different Native American nations in South Carolina,including the three principal nations—Cherokee, Catawba, and Yemassee—that influenced the development of colonial SouthCarolina. (H, G, P, E)ELAIn the category of fiction, students will read the following specific types of texts: chapter books, adventure stories, historical fiction,contemporary realistic fiction, picture books, folktales, legends, fables, tall tales, myths, and fantasy.
Using the illustrations from the story, show the life cycle of an oak tree.
Reread the following description from One Acorns Journey..."Hatokwassi finally made her way to the backyard of her home. Circular in design, it consisted of bent polescovered with bark from cypress while moss and clay had been added for further insulation. Near the dwellingwas a bountiful garden of corn, pumpkins, beans, and squash. Among the vegetables were herbs of manyvarieties and flowers, which grew wild along the coastal area. Stooping over to gather tools for digging, sheplaced the seashells on outer fringes of the garden, placed the basket woven from grasses native to the areabeside the shells and reached for a digging tool." Discuss the type of home being described. List types of flowers and herbs which can be grown near coastal areas. Discuss the type of tools one needs for gardening. Now draw your own illustration to go with what is happening.
Adora the Albino Alligator addresses:ELAStudents in grade three read informational (expository/persuasive/argumentative) texts of the following types:essays, historical documents, informational trade books, textbooks, news and feature articles, magazine articles,advertisements, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, journals, and speeches. They also read directions, maps,time lines, graphs, tables, charts, schedules, recipes, and photos embedded in informational texts.The student will access and use information from a variety of sources.Habitats and Adaptations3-2.1 Illustrate the life cycles of seed plants and various animals and summarize how they grow and areadapted to conditions within their habitats.3-2.2 Explain how physical and behavioral adaptations allow organisms to survive (including hibernation,defense, locomotion, movement, food obtainment, and camouflage for animals and seed dispersal, color,and response to light for plants).3-2.3 Recall the characteristics of an organism’s habitat that allow the organism to survive there.3-2.4 Explain how changes in the habitats of plants and animals affect their survival.3-2.5 Summarize the organization of simple food chains (including the roles of producers, consumers,and decomposers).
From what language did the word alligator come?What does Adora mean? What do you think is happening in this picture? Where is it taking place? Who might the three people be?
Reread the information from Adora and identify what animals are in the alligators food chain.What purpose does the "egg tooth" serve?Describe the size and materials used toby mother alligators to make a nest fortheir hatchlings.
A Living MascotScience: Habitats and Animals; Conservation efforts; bald eagle as protectedHistory: Bald eagle as a national iconELA: Research mascots of local schools; research for your state colleges; Compare/contrastmascots; categorize mascotsMath: Graphing findings of ELA research; graph class favorites, etc.
Using the information from A Living Mascot, discuss the historical significance of the Middleton family.The bald eagle pair once nested and raised young at Middleton Place Plantation just across the Ashley River from Eagle Nest ElementaryTheir old nesting site is historically significant. Not only did a species representing freedom and the desire for independence create ahome there, but members of the founding Middleton family exhibited these same traits. Middleton Place’s founding family consists ohistorical South Carolina figures. Henry Middleton was the second president of the First Continental Congress. His son Arthur was asigner of the Declaration of Independence. Henry, the grandson, was an American minister to Russia. A final South Carolina hero of theMiddleton family is the great-grandson of Henry. Williams Middleton was a signer of the Ordinance of Secession. How appropriate thaour national icons representing freedom and independence made their way to such a historic site.
The impact of the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is dramatic.In 1977, there were 13 occupied nesting territories in South Carolina.By 2004, there were 190 occupied nesting territories in South Carolina.In 2007, the approximate number of occupied nesting territories in South Carolina was 225.Eagle Nest Elementary Bald Eagle Nest Site (based on SCDNR data):2004 Active nesting site two chicks fledged Laying date: 12/30/20032005 Active nesting site two chicks fledged Laying date: 12/30/20042006 Active nesting site two chicks fledged Laying date: 12/21/20052007 Active nesting site two chicks fledged Laying date: 11/26/2006 Discuss the information on conservation efforts to save the bald eagle in SC. Why is it important to save the bald eagle?
The Secret of Atalaya A Carolina Cousins MysteryStandardsELA: A study of the arts by researching Anna Hyatt Huntington; mystery genre study;History: Slavery; Gullah culture; Archer Huntingtons contribution to the arts (BrookGreenGardens; Atalaya; Huntington Beach State Park)Science: Sea Turtle Conservation
The Gullah culture was very important to the economy of SC. These slaves werechosen because of the knowledge of growing rice. Rice was a cash crop. What isa cash crop? http://cottageandbungalow.com/lh-05.html
Old Faithful: A Loggerhead Turtles StoryELAPoint of viewSCIENCE3-2.3 Recall the characteristics of an organism’s habitat thatallow the organism to survive there.3-2.4 Explain how changes in the habitats of plants and animalsaffect their survival.3-2.5 Summarize the organization of simple food chains(including the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers).
Old Faithful and other loggerhead sea turtleshave a long journey. Where is Old Faithful in thispicture?
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