Showing posts with label amazon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label amazon. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Free Shipping for Heavy Products - A Programming Challenge

While writing yesterday's blog post about electricity, portable generators, and the power outage in my town, I jumped on Amazon to look at the prices of portable generators. To my surprise, free shipping was available for many of them including the Ryobi 6500 watt generator that I own. I know from moving it a bunch of times lately that it is quite heavy (205 lbs according to the website). 

Seeing an item that weighs 205lbs available with free shipping made me wonder what is the heaviest Amazon item that ships for free. You might eventually find the answer by manually browsing Amazon. But I bet there is a clever programming student out there that has the skill and time to create a program to find the heaviest item that ships for free. 

Related note, one of my neighbors writes programs like that to find specific products at specific price points which is a handy, cost-saving skill. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Let's Talk Politics - An Alexa Game for Learning About U.S. Civics

Let's Talk Politics is a new Alexa app designed for reviewing and learning about U.S. government. Let's Talk Politics is an interactive game in which Alexa asks you questions about the U.S. political system and you speak your answers. The app provides explanations of the correct answers after you reply to each question. Unlike typical online games in which students pick a level to play, Let's Talk Politics adjusts the difficulty of t the game in response to how players are answering questions. Watch the following video to see a demonstration of Let's Talk Politics.

Applications for Education
Let's Talk Politics could provide some students with a convenient way to review their understanding of the structure of U.S. government and how leaders are elected.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Send to Kindle Now Available for Mac Users

Back in January I shared the news about Amazon's Send to Kindle software for Windows. As I learned from CNET, Send to Kindle is now available for Mac users too. Send to Kindle allows you to send documents from your computer to your Kindle or another device, such as an iPad, that has a Kindle app installed. With Send to Kindle installed you can drag and drop a document from your Mac to your Kindle and it will transfer wirelessly to your Kindle device.

Applications for Education
While you cannot edit documents on a Kindle, Send to Kindle could still be handy for anyone that needs to read reports or other documents while away from a computer and or without Internet access. Send the reports you want to review to your Kindle device and read them whenever and wherever you take your tablet. For students this could be a good way to read documents that they may have downloaded from the web to read for their courses.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Get a Paid Android App for Free Everyday

With a price point that is much more manageable than the iPad's and the marketing machine that Amazon is, there is sure to be a lot of teachers and students acquiring Kindle Fire tablets in the next month. If you recently acquired an Android tablet or your students have, check out the Amazon Appstore for Android. Everyday the Amazon Appstore for Android gives away one paid app for free. From what I've seen over the last few weeks, the bulk of the apps they give away are games, but they do sneak in a non-game app occasionally.

You do have to have an Amazon account to get the free apps and the initial set-up with your device has more steps than the standard Android Market. If you can deal with those two inconveniences, a daily visit to the Amazon Appstore for Android could be a good way to score a good app or two for free.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

America The Story of Us - Lesson Resources & More

This morning I turned on the television and saw that the History Channel was running a marathon presentation of their documentary series America The Story of Us. The entire series is twelve hours long. In those twelve hours the series covers everything from the settlements of Jamestown and Plymouth to the election of President Obama. The whole series cannot be viewed online, but History does have a lot of video excerpts from the series available online. If do have access to the whole series (you can buy at 60% from Amazon) has good teacher guides available for free. For teachers there is a pdf guide to the whole series and pdf guides to each episode.

If you are interested in quizzing your students before or after watching an episode, the Ultimate History Quiz is based on the information in the series.

Here's a video introduction to the series.

If you're interested in buying the series on DVD, here's my affiliate link to Amazon's page.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lendle, A Kindle Lending Service, Shuts Down

One of February's more popular posts was about the Kindle book lending service Lendle. In a legal move that doesn't make a ton of sense to me, Amazon has shut down Lendle by blocking Lendle's access to the Amazon API. In short, the service is shut down until further notice. You can read all about it on the Lendle blog.

If you're interested in some other places to lend and borrow ebooks, try Book Lending, Lend Ink, or Open Library

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lendle - Another Kindle Book Lending Service

Almost as soon as Amazon announced that they would start allowing Kindle users to lend books to each other, Kindle lending services popped-up on the web. I've previously reviewed Lend Ink and Book Lending (formerly Kindle Lending Club). Today, I share with you Lendle.

Lendle works much like other Kindle lending services. When you register on Lendle (it's free, but required) you're asked to list the titles you're willing to lend. Initially you're able to borrow two books. To borrow more books, you must be willing to lend your own books. To borrow a book, submit a request and if someone in the Lendle club has that book you will receive an email notifying you that it is available for download. To lend a book reply to borrower requests.

Applications for Education
Lendle and services similar to it could be useful for students in search of independent reading materials. Hopefully, in the future Amazon will allow users lend books multiple times. That would make ebooks a truly valuable asset for school libraries.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Get Free Books for Your Kindle (or other ereader)

If you or someone in your house got a new Kindle for Christmas, you're probably looking to load that thing up with good things to read this week (especially if you're on the east coast of the US where we've been hammered with snow). If you don't need the latest best-seller, you can probably find some great reads for free in a few different places on the web. The first place to look is in the free ebook collection on There you will find titles (some promotional, some public domain) made free by Amazon as well as links to Project Gutenberg, Open Library, Many Books, and the Internet Archive. All four of those places offer free downloads.

Some other places where you can find free ebooks are the Google eBookstore and Feed Books. While both places have large collections of free ebooks, I actually found Feed Books to be a little easier to browse by title and or genre. That said, the Google eBookstore offers more options for previewing titles and options for using their titles on Nooks and other non-Kindle ereaders.

Applications for Education
If you have students and or their parents asking you for advice on where to get more good reads for their new ereaders, direct them to some of the places listed above. Good reading doesn't have to be expensive.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Free Word Games for Kindle

In a move that is probably intended to help it compete with other ereaders and tablet devices, Amazon is now offering a couple of free word games on its Kindle devices. The games are Every Word and Shuffled Row. Both games are free to download to your Kindle device.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
HeyZap - Strategy Games for Your Class Website
ABCya - Fun, Educational Games for K-5
Smart Kit - Puzzles, Games, and Riddles