News on eBooks in Education

Here are a few articles that I have been reading about ebooks in education, reading, and the development in ebook readers and tablets.

The first one is from the Huffington Post -
10 Radical Ideas for Getting Kids to Read. You may not agree with all of them but they will make you think.

EBook Stampede, about the consideration of ebooks in Florida education from the view of the state government.

This title will give you a pretty good idea of the content of the next article.
Canadian company releasing education tablet, mySpark, targeted at students.

And one more article on a tablet aimed at the education market.
Kineo Tablet Takes Android To US Schools.

Focus on Learning Links Educational Publisher

Founded in 1976, Learning Links is the brainchild of Joyce Friedland and Rikki Kessler. As reading teachers in a prestigious Long Island school district, they decided that real literature, not basals or skills lessons, should become the core of their reading program. To do so, they created study guides to accompany the literature. Novel-Ties was their unique method of incorporating literature into the curriculum. At first, using Novel-Ties only in their own classrooms, Joyce and Rikki soon realized that other teachers wanted these guides for differentiated instruction with several novels or whole-class study of a single novel.

From its initial advertisement in 1981, when it offered only twelve study guides,
Learning Links now publishes over 600 Novel-Ties study guides. In fact, Learning Links provides everything teachers need for literature-based reading programs – books, study guides, audios, videos and more. From humble beginnings, and with very hard work, Joyce and Rikki steered the business to its present status as a major bookseller to schools in the United States and abroad.

Staying close to the teachers who keep their business growing, Joyce and Rikki continue to select new study guide titles and develop book collections based on teacher requests online and at the professional conferences they attend as exhibitors.

Learning Links demonstrates its commitment to the best in literature for children and young adults by developing and offering to educators around the world the teaching tools that make literature accessible to students.

Focus on Milliken Publishing

Milliken Publishing
In May 2008, Lorenz purchased the Milliken Publishing Company, which had been producing quality supplementary products for over 45 years. Particularly known for its best-selling math and handwriting books, this division includes a complete line of materials that spreads into all major core curriculum areas in a variety of formats. We specialize in blackline reproducible books, workbooks, resource guides, decoratives, and cross-curricular theme units. We also have a diverse line of full-color Transparency/ Reproducible books, which combine color overhead transparencies with accompanying reproducible worksheets.

Focus on the Teaching and Learning Company

Teaching and Learning Company
In November 2008 the Lorenz Corporation purchased The Teaching and Learning Company, which had been in business for almost 15 years. This respected company is known in the educational market for their popular language arts products (the Four Square Writing Method in particular) and their supplementary materials for preschool and elementary-grade students. Products include teacher resource books on every subject, including Arts & Crafts, Language Arts, Math, Responsibility Education, Science, Social Studies, and much more!

eBooks for February

February Daily Journal Writing Prompts

Give young writers plenty of practice with Daily Journal Writing Prompts. These valuable resources include ready-to-use journal starters, along with special holiday topics for each month. Word banks are provided to help introduce seasonal vocabulary, and topical prompts give students plenty of writing practice throughout the month.

Publisher: Teacher Created Resources Product ID: TCR3131 Grade(s): K - 2 Level(s): Early Childhood, Primary ISBN (Physical Book): 9781420631319 Whiteboard Compatible: Yes (Level 1)

Theme Pockets, February (Enhanced eBook)

With the Theme Pockets series, you can enliven every month of the year with fun, exciting learning projects that students can proudly present in a unique book format. Each of the 12 titles has three engaging themes with lots of writing and art.

This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.

Publisher: Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
Product ID: EMC0585I
Grade(s): 1 - 3
Level(s): Early Childhood, Primary
ISBN (Digital Book): 9781596734944
Whiteboard Compatible: Yes (Level 2)

From the First Day of School to the Last: February

This book is filled with reproducible mini-units, literature units, mind-stretching interdisciplinary activities, clip art, and ideas to motivate students and help develop critical and creative thinking. This book also contains an activity for each day of the month. Topics include Black History Month, Groundhog Day, Winter Olympics, Edison, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Dental Health, Mardi Gras, Flags, and much more.

Publisher: Educational Impressions
Product ID: EDI9944
Grade(s): 3 - 6
Level(s): Primary, Intermediate, Middle School
ISBN (Digital Book): 9781566447430
ISBN (Physical Book): 9781566449946
Whiteboard Compatible: Yes (Level 1)

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