Showing posts with label free google ebooks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free google ebooks. Show all posts

Saturday, February 6, 2016

How to Clip & Share Sections of Google Books

Earlier this week at the TCEA conference in Austin, Texas I ran a short workshop about Google Books. One of the things that we did in that session was clip and share sections of free Google ebooks. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to clip and share sections of free Google ebooks.


Applications for Education
Clipping and sharing a section of a free Google ebook in your classroom blog is a great way to direct students to a particular passage that you want them to read and comment on. In the same blog post that you share a section of a Google ebook you should also insert some questions for students to think about and respond to in the comments of your classroom blog.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

MapFAST - Search for Books By Location

mapFAST is a great use of Google Maps for finding texts about places all over the world. Visit mapFAST, type in a location and mapFAST will generate a list of texts about that location. You can specify how close you to the actual location you want your texts to be by setting a radius parameter. For example, when I entered "Portland, Maine" I set the radius at 30km so any texts about places within 30km of Portland would show up in my results. The book lists generated by mapFAST come from Google Books and WorldCat. Through Google Books you may be able to read and print some titles for free.

Applications for Education
mapFAST could be a great tool for students doing research on a place or region. If you want students to look at books that are available for free viewing online, have them filter the Google Books list generated by mapFAST  to "Free Google eBooks" to find books that are freely available in their entirety.