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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Nook Study from Barnes & Noble is Now Live

Last month I reported on a free study tool from Barnes & Noble called Nook Study. Nook Study is now available for free as a free download for Mac and Windows. Nook Study gives students access to more than 500,000 free ebooks. Students can also purchase and download other titles.

Nook Study provides more than just ebooks for students. Nook Study provides students with the ability to sort titles according to the courses they're taking. Students can use Nook Study to highlight and annotate ebooks. Nook Study also provides a search function that enables students to highlight a word then in one click search for it on Google, Wolfram Alpha, Wikipedia, and other online reference tools.

Applications for Education
Nook Study seems to have been designed for college students, but high school students could use it as well. Nook Study's highlighting and annotating function could be very helpful for students when they're gathering research.

Helping Those Who Are Reluctant to Try Technology

I've just wrapped-up a stretch of presenting and running five workshops in seven days. In the following video I reflect on that experience and share my tip for getting teachers who are reluctant to try new technology to give it a go.


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The Math and Science of Sports

Well Home has produced an interesting infographic showing the energy expended by athletes performing various athletic tasks. I've seen other infographics like this and usually they only mention calories. Well Home's infographic mentions calories as well as watts and speed measurements. Well Home's infographic could be printed and displayed in health, physical education, and or mathematics classes.

Well Home's Energy in Sports infographic reminded me of another resource for that contains mathematics and science lessons in the context of sports. ESPN's series Sports Science looks at the mathematics and science involved in various athletic feats. Embedded below is an episode about the bicycle kick in soccer.


Applications for Education
I'm always looking for "hooks" that will get students interested in the lessons I teach. If I was a mathematics teacher or science teacher I might look for some episodes of Sports Science to hook students into a lesson.

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