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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.

 

OverDrive + Zinio = FREE Books & Magazines from Public Libraries!

This video shows how you can use the OverDrive app and the Zinio app to get free ebooks and magazines for your tablet or smartphone from your public library.

Why buy books, when you can use OverDrive to download them from your public library for a couple of weeks for FREE? And why buy magazines, when you can use Zinio to download them from your public library for FREE, read them, and even KEEP THEM FOREVER on your tablet or smart phone? In this video you’ll learn how to set up and use both these powerful apps to get TONS of reading material from one — or many more — free public libraries!

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Funbrain: Educational Games, Blogs, & More Great Stuff for Kids Young & Old

Topic: Variety of educational topics (reading, math, and more) for kindergarten through high school
Format: Website with highly-graphical and interactive quizzes, games, puzzles, and blogs (parent & teacher resources included)
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

According to the website: “FunBrain.com has been featured in the… Christian Science Monitor, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo! Internet Life, Chicago Tribune” and it’s won too many awards to list here. And for good reason! This site is filled with all sorts of engaging activities that will help keep your kids (or your students) of all ages involved in learning the basics. And better yet, it has resources to help teachers and parents to make the most of the huge collection of stuff that’s available!

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BBC Skillswise: Basic Adult Reading, Writing & Math Skills [English]

Topic: Basic adult literacy skills, including reading and writing in English, as well as math fundamentals (tools for tutors included)
Format: Brief, self-paced text materials, illustrated with clean graphics and animations; worksheets, interactive quizzes, games, and other online resources
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

This is another well-designed and fun training resource from BBC! From the website: “Skillswise is the BBC website for adults who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing and maths. Skillswise aims to become a thriving web community of learners and tutors.” If you need basic adult literacy and math skills, or you are trying to train someone to develop these skills, this website is for you!
BBC Skillswise
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