WRITE AN INTERACTIVE BOOK FREE APP TODAY ONLY
Are you ready to try writing an interactive book? Today, Apple is offering the iBooks Author app that works on a Mac computer. It will allow you to create an interactive book that can be read using various Apple devices.
The app will walk you through writing the book, making it interactive and publishing the finished product. For more information click here and to download the app, click here.
We were excited to see a new model being developed to help authors transition to this type of digital authorship. We hope it will spur innovation to allow digital authorship on all platforms and devices.
Today, Apple unveiled its updated version of the iBookstore app. Of interest to educators is the inclusion of multimedia, interactive textbooks for middle and high school subjects and the ability to store PDFs. Currently, Apple is collaborating with Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and McGraw Hill Education. They are negotiating with additional publishers.
The app allows iBookstore users to download multimedia textbooks full of interactive diagrams, photos, and videos. They can dive into an image with interactive captions, rotate a 3D object, or have the answer spring to life in a chapter review. Highlighting text, taking notes, searching for content, and finding definitions in the glossary can be done with ease.
LEARNING & ENJOYMENT
We are providing this specialized link to VIRGO that only searches for videos. The link, Videos in VIRGO, will help you quickly locate videos in various UVa Library collections. The largest collection is in Clemons Library which recently relocated the video collection to the North end of the 4th floor.
Thus far, the library's collection has over 47,000 videos and staff provide many services to support media usage.
Bookmark this Videos in VIRGO link and enjoy watching free videos for your enjoyment and learning needs! You can return the videos to any library or book drop. Faculty can submit a LEO request to obtain videos.
WHAT: Curry Research Conference (CRC)
WHEN: Friday, January 27, 2012
9:00am. - 5:00pm
WHERE: Bavaro Hall. 417 Emmet St. South
Charlottesville, VA 22904
WHY: The conference will be an opportunity for students to share their education research with other Curry students and with faculty members.
How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition shows how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This edition includes suggestions for research that could increase the impact that classroom teaching has on actual learning. It also includes new research about the mind and the brain and examines these findings and their implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess what our children learn. This new knowledge calls into question concepts and practices firmly entrenched in our current education system.
The National Academies Press is providing free PDF downloads of the book as well as a free Podcast. There is also an option to read it directly or buy a print copy. Just look for the appropriate buttons on the site..
Quality Counts 2012
Education Week's annual report takes a critical look at the nation's place among the world's public education systems. Veteran Education Week journalists put to the test popular assumptions about the country's competitive status in education. Working with colleagues from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, they illuminate innovations in high-performing nations that have taken root in the United States, lessons to be drawn from the experience of other countries, and the promise and risks such strategies hold for U.S. policymakers. Plus, you'll find the critical benchmarks on school quality, and state-by-state ranking in this annual report. Read the executive summary of the report and its findings, or check out the articles and expert commentary:
Throughout this Spring semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving your research data. This information will take the form of notifying you about workshops here at UVa, on the web, or elsewhere; identifying sources for datasets and software; introducing you to data plan requirements and the experts who can help you; discussing institutional and subject specific data repositories; recommending training opportunities; etc.. The announcements in the column below are the initial offerings. We hope these will interest to you and will stimulate thought and discussion.
The University of Virginia Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering (UVACSE) and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Information are pleased offer their first presentation.
A reception will follow the event.
WHAT: A presentation, "The Impact of Visualization in Science, Engineering, Education and the Humanities"
WHO: Dr. Kelly Gaither, Director of Visualization at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
WHEN: Thursday, 26 January 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
WHERE: Mechanical Engineering Building (MEC) - Room 205 map
The library is hosting 12 GIS workshops this Spring. As always, the Geographic Information System workshops are free and open to all. No signup is required, and only one class, Using Python to Program for ArcGIS, requires a prerequisite. The first workshop will be held next week and is described below.
VIRTUAL GLOBES WORKSHOP: Working with Virtual Globe software
WHEN: Wednesday, 25 January 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sessions will be repeated on Thursday, 26 January from 4:00pm-5:00pm
WHERE: Brown Library Electronic Classroom
WHAT:Is Google Earth a gateway drug for Geographic Information Systems? Virtual Globes put the power of GIS in a free, easy to use wrapper pre-loaded with hundreds of intriguing layers. Want to overlay your own datasets, show change over time, or create animations? We’ll discuss several virtual globe software packages including Google Earth, NASA WorldWind, ESRI, and more and spend hands-on time getting smarter about using these 3D tools. No experience with GIS or virtual globes required.
The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is a complement to its data services. The Summer Program provides a comprehensive, integrated program of studies in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology. Its instructional environment stresses integration of methods of quantitative analysis within a broader context of substantive social research. Instruction is grounded in interactive, participatory data-analysis utilizing high-end, networked microcomputers. All in all, a fantastic resume item!
Registration for the 2012 ICPSR Summer Program will begin on February 13, 2012. Early registration is recommended as the classes are in high demand.
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