Thanks to rapid developments in consumer technology — namely, large-format touchscreen devices like the iPad, and soon, Android, BlackBerry 6 and Windows 7-based tablets — the definition of the e-book is quickly evolving. Soon, the word “e-book” will no longer connote dull, text-only transcriptions of popular print books on clunky e-readers, but richly colored, animated and interactive multimedia experiences that will leave their print counterparts looking lifeless in comparison.
The e-book medium broke new ground late last week when a little-known team of former video game developers in Vancouver, known as Loud Crow Interactive, released their first book for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
What makes Loud Crow’s version of Peter Rabbit so remarkable is the care and ingenuity with which the company has adapted the classic Beatrix Potter tale to the touchscreen medium.
The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)
By Michael Scott
Ashes to ashes …California: the book of “Abraham the Mage” holds the secret of eternal life – a secret more dangerous than any one man should possess. Dr. John Dee is two pages away from the knowledge that would bring the Dark Elders into ultimate power – and could mean the destruction of the world as we know it. Two people stand in his way: Josh and Sophie Newman. In Paris time is running out for Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle. Every day they spend without the book, they age one year: their magic becomes weaker and their bodies more frail. Niccolo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, works for Dee and is in hot pursuit of them – Flamel knows there’s no time to lose and Sophie must learn about Fire Magic …Josh and Sophie are the world’s only hope. If they don’t turn on each other first.
Something Rotten: A Horatio Wilkes Mystery
by Alan Gratz
Denmark, Tennessee, stinks. The smell hits Horatio Wilkes the moment he pulls into town to visit his best friend, Hamilton Prince. And it’s not just the paper plant and the polluted river that’s stinking up Denmark: Hamilton’s father has been poisoned and the killer is still at large. Why? Because nobody believes that Rex Prince was murdered. Nobody except Horatio and Hamilton. Now they need to find the killer, but it won’t be easy. It seems like everyone in Denmark is a suspect. Motive, means, opportunity— they all have them. But who among them has committed murder most foul?
Teachers, students, and U.S. history buffs take note: the National Archives has a new site for exploring its rich holdings. DocsTeach.org brings to life thousands of primary source documents like maps, photographs, letters, charts, audio, and video. You can browse the material, or use customizable, interactive learning tools to deepen the experience.
The Documents pages are organized by historical era from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. With a click or two you can find an inventory of Robert E. Lee’s property or a childhood photograph of Franklin D. Roosevelt–no need to go to Washington or delve into musty stacks.
The Activities pages hold the repertory of seven teaching tools; educators can get their students to engage in “finding a sequence,” “mapping history,” or “weighing evidence.” These activities are templates that include learning objectives and teaching tips. The site includes some ready-made activities to get teachers started. Once you’ve registered with the site, you can save the activities you’ve created. Students can go online to participate, or you can print activities in hardcopy.
DocsTeach.org is free for all to use
When I was growing up, it was pretty hard to keep us kids from moving around. Even in the throes of exhaustion, my friends and I took advantage of every waking moment to get outside and run until we were literally exhausted to the point of collapsing.
Times Have Changed
Today, kids still need to be active and have fun, but an increasing number of children are instead choosing to stay indoors and watch TV or play on the computer. The allure of these indoor activities is understandable, and in many ways, they have become an integral part of growing up — but at what cost to a child’s health and development?
While the debate over computers and TV continues to rage on, health experts and parents alike can agree that exercise and being physically fit are good things.
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As more and more kids are toting iPhones and iPod touches, we thought we’d take a look at the child-friendly accessories that are now available for the new gadget-loving generation.
We’ve found five fun products that will suit a wide age range of kids, from the toddler borrowing Mom’s iPhone right up to older children with devices of their own.
Let’s Count Goats
By Fox Mem, Thomas Jan
This wonderful picture book by acclaimed author Mem Fox has a wonderful, rollicking, rhyming text reminiscent of Where is the Green Sheep? And just like the super successful Green Sheep, early readers will be memorising the simple text – as well as honing their numeracy skills with all the crazy goats to count!