Part of the Cool Sites series
In my last post in the Cool Sites series I provided you with 35 free professional development opportunities for the summer! This post included ways to access free e-books. I want to share with you some great e-books that are resourceful and inspiring. Just click on the titles to go to the websites to download the e-books for free!
Unleashing the Idea Virus by Seth Godin
By far the most inspirational e-book that I have read and others would agree, since it is the number one e-book. Seth Godin sheds light on making your ideas epidemics. The book is about marketing an idea and offers educators who are involved in social media several suggestions to spread their innovative ideas. This book was the inspiration for my 30 Goals Challenge: Join the Movement, another free e-book you should read this summer! Visit the link above to find free materials including Seth Godin’s presentation.
The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book! (Vols. 1-2) edited by Terry Freedman
In this book, 94 educators discuss their 87 digital projects featuring 52 applications. Hear about their challenges integrating Web 2.0 applications and how they handled the issues!
Blog Companion: Technology Tidbits (Vols. 1-6) by David Kapuler
David provides readers with information on the newest Web 2.0 tools. His six free e-books provide you with a great way to learn about these technologies this summer!
Google and Technology Guides (5) by Richard Byrne
Richard provides readers with innovative ways to integrate technology. These 5 guides provide teachers with innovative ways to use Google apps, docs, and programs and how to integrate video and other technologies in your curriculum!
Teaching as an Act of Love: Thoughts and Recollections of a Former Teacher, Principal and Kid by Richard Lakin
Richard Lakin provides 55 thought-provoking, humorous and heartwarming pieces geared to teachers, principals, parents, and all those concerned with making schools more loving and effective. It presents a close look at a school staff working together to create a caring and challenging learning environment where children come first, as well as at a real partnership between school and home.
The Zen of Blogging by Hunter Nuttall
Hunter Nuttall describes the plot as “the story of an aspiring blogger who sets out on a journey to discover the secrets of blogging. What will he find at the top of Mount Blogmore? Will he learn how to become a great blogger, or will he get his head cut off?”
Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano provides readers with a simple guide to digital storytelling.
Webtools Applied to Teaching by Ana Maria Menezes
Ana Maria provides readers with innovative ways to integrate Web 2.0 tools especially with language learners.
A New Way To Lecture by Michael Zimmer
Michael provides readers with innovative ways to integrate technology to replace boring PowerPoint lectures! I love the ideas!
I Write Educational Activity Booklets by Jerry Blumengarten, Cybraryman
Jerry created this Mixbook to share with students online. They will love the comics and learning about Jerry’s career! Jerry also has several useful book links on his website.
Free Reading Resources
- Stanza App for free e-books on your Iphone or Ipod Touch- This is my favorite app for easy reading of books on my Iphone!
- 45 Places to Get Free E-books!
- Read Dr. Doug Green’s in depth summaries of incredible books such as Drive, Cut and Paste, and Freakonomics!
- Book Crossing- If you love the feel of a real book in your hand then find free used ones in this community. Many people ship the books for free. Pay it forward by shipping some of the books you’ve already read.
- Listen to free audio books- Download over 1000 different audio books to listen to while you travel or do housework.
Read any of these books and blog about it! You can leave a link back to your post in the comment section of this blog!
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What will you be reading this summer?