The past few weeks I’ve been teaching students as well as teachers how to create enhanced/multimedia eBooks. To provide a “digital sandbox” to share four of the five enhanced eBooks I’ve created with others since January 29th, and to provide an open space where others can share eBooks as well, this weekend I created a new website connected to the PlayingWithMedia.com domain: “eBooks Sandbox: a space to share free eBook experiments!” This site is available on ebooks.playingwithmedia.com, and is connected to the “Student Media Examples” site (share.playingwithmedia.com) as well. Currently the site includes four different enhanced/multimedia eBooks, all available as direct downloads to an iPad from DropBox:
- Snowflake Gets Lost (29 Jan 2012)
- Technology Today (28 Feb 2012)
- Great Day of Learning (3 March 2012)
- Dreams of Opera (9 Mar 2012)
The “about” page of the site explains its purpose, goals and scope:
This website is a space to share FREE ebooks. If you, your children, grandchildren, or students create eBooks and you’d like others to check out / download your creation, share it here! All submissions are moderated / reviewed before they are posted publicly. As the submitter, you are responsible to verify your local copyright laws have been followed during the creation of the eBook you’re sharing. The POSTING POLICY for “Student Media Examples” applies here as well.
Use the provided CONTRIBUTE form to share an eBook. Provide a direct download link to your eBook on your own website or in your public folder using Dropbox or Box.net. (More information about this process is available.)
I created this “contribute” form using the free TDO Mini Forms WordPress Plugin.
- spread the word about this site
- use the FREE ebooks linked on it to help educate others about the possibilities and power of eBooks
- contribute links to eBooks you make or facilitate others to create
- make suggestions about how this site could become more useful, including new/different eBook categories which could be included
Have you created an enhanced / multimedia eBook yet? How about a “standard” (text/images only) eBook? If not, it’s time to jump on the eBook bandwagon. Multimedia publishing is only going to get easier and more powerful in the months ahead. As educators, it’s incumbent upon us to be “the experts’ when it comes to eBooks and digital learning tools!
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