Thursday, May 19, 2011

Definitions, Translations, and Searches in Google eBooks

The Google eBookstore is a great place to find free and paid ebooks to read on your computer, iPad, Nook, or Android device. Google just announced the addition of a new helpful feature to Google eBooks. Now when you're reading a Google eBook title on your computer you can highlight and right click on words to find definitions and translations of those words. When you select definition, you also have the option to hear your highlighted word pronounced. You can also highlight and right click to search the web for information about a word.
Applications for Education
The free titles available in the Google eBookstore provide teachers with access to a wind range of books that could potentially get students excited about reading. The new definition, pronunciation, translation, and search options could be very helpful for students reading on their own. If a student encounters a new word she can hear that word pronounced and get a definition without having to go find a dictionary.