digital Human Library

After reaching out to the lovely and energetic Leigh Cassell, creator of an important video-conferencing resource for educators and students called the “Digital Human Library” and a teacher herself in the Avon-Maitland District School Board, a sharing of ideas ensued.The Digital Human Library is a resource I believe in, and is extremely beneficial, particularly to rural classrooms where field trips are not always at our fingertips.  Now, they can be.  Leigh has worked tirelessly to procure many, many contacts for “meBooks”, or, experts in various fields who have agreed to provide teachers across the country and beyond with the virtual field trip experience.  For example, students may be led on a museum tour of the Art Gallery of Toronto while sitting at their desks, all the while being inspired beyond the reach of a well-meaning research project and browsing books and Internet sites.  This website brings the subject to life.  This website makes the subject matter personal and relatable to the student.  Perhaps best of all, this website is….FREE.  Video-conferencing in the classroom is an inexpensive way to link students to amazing learning opportunities, and blended learning is here to stay.

Here is the link to Leigh’s site.

Further, here is a podcast where Wei Chen from interviews Leigh about the Digital Human Library.  Scroll to 34:04 and take a listen.

Epic! Books for Kids iOS and Android App

In my daily curation habits, I have stumbled upon a free iOS and Android app called Epic! Books for Kids. If you are an educator, you will want to visit this part of the site. Epic! for Educators is available FREE to all U.S. and Canada-based elementary school teachers and librarians.

Benefits of an Educator Account:

  • Completely free for all verified educators.
  • Unlimited access to thousands of high-quality titles.
  • Create up to 30 unique student profiles.
  • Track students reading progress.
  • Available on the iPad, iPhone and in any web browser.

This app contains thousands of books, you can create your profile and tailor it to include books YOU like to read, and there are even books that can be read TO you.  How amazing is that?  Epic, even.  🙂  Happy reading!

Here is the link to download the app in iTunes.

Here is the link to download the app in Google Play.