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Got time off? Relax and re-energize with free books, magazines & podcasts!

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Got workaholic tendencies? Then maybe it’s time to take a break! Whether you’re vacationing or simply enjoying a day at the beach, these link-filled articles can help you connect with some great tools & media that will help you shift gears, re-energize and maybe even reclaim that long-lost enthusiasm.

 

Turn Any Ebook into an Audiobook with FBReader & Ivona Text to Speech (TTS)

This video shows how to set up and use the free apps FBReader & Ivona TTS engine to turn ANY ebook into an audiobook! You’ll learn how you can kick back and close your eyes, while your tablet or smartphone reads that ebook to you through your headphones or speakers. Which means you can “read” with your ears while bouncing around on a bus, driving to work, standing in line at the bank or supermarket or just hanging out in your favorite recliner. How cool is that?

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Pocket: Captures & Reads Web Pages Aloud, Offline with Text to Speech!

This video shows how to set up and use the incredibly powerful Pocket app (formerly “Read It Later”) to:

  • Capture web pages to read and study offline on your tablet or smart phone, and
  • Use Pocket’s Text to Speech (TTS) feature when you are offline to have the app read the article out loud to you, using your device’s headphones or speakers.

With Pocket you can study web pages full of text while you’re driving, bouncing along in a bus or simply relaxing with your eyes closed in your favorite easy chair. No internet connection needed!

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Video Tour of Edutopia: What Works in Education

This is a brief video tour of Edutopia, the George Lucas Foundation funded organization/web portal which is “dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.”

This brief tour is designed to motivate you to spend time at Edutopia and figure out how you can use what you find there to improve education. Enjoy!

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Video Tour of Netvibes: A Power Tool for Self-Directed Learning & Research

Topic:   An overview of Netvibes (an alternative to iGoogle & Google Reader) & how to use it to support research & self-directed learning
Format:  Website that aggregates (collects) RSS feeds (i.e, the latest publications of articles & posts) from blogs and news-oriented websites and allows access from any device (computer, tablet, smart phone, etc.)
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

This video tour of Netvibes shows: 1) how it supports self-directed learning & research by keeping you laser-focused on your chosen topics, and 2) how you can set up your own Netvibes internet “dashboard” that you can access from your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

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The US Library of Congress: A Great Resource for Self-Directed Learners

Topic:   Overview of The United States’ Library of Congress
Format: Online, self-paced, video tour with animations, links, etc. & gigantic Site Map
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

This quote from the Library of Congress website’s “Fascinating Facts” page says it all (my bold added):

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 151.8 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 34.5 million books and other print materials, 3.3 million recordings, 13.4 million photographs, 5.4 million maps, 6.5 million pieces of sheet music and 66.6 million manuscripts… The Library receives some 22,000 items each working day and adds approximately 10,000 items to the collections daily.

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