Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley
Want to see what London looked like back in the year 1927? Check out this beautiful color footage shot in various London locations by Claude Frisse-Greene, an early British pioneer of film. Frisse-Greene created a series of travelogues nearly 90 years ago using a color process developed by his father William Frisse-Greene.William Frisse-Greene was a British portrait photographer and a well known inventor. His experiments in the field of motion pictures led him to be known as one of the fathers of cinematography some credit him as the main inventor.
After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross, reviewed by Linda Buckley-Archer
Cross, who has won both the Carnegie and the Whitbread, is an expert storyteller: her plotting is seamless; her prose is supple and economical; she creates characters you care for, and depicts a world so plausible you can smell it. If I have a gripe with this engrossing tale, it is that the ending came too soon; small things are resolved but bigger things aren’t. I’d have loved an epilogue or the promise of a sequel. The issues Cross raises will stay with you.
New Book By Roddy Doyle – BRILLIANT – To Be Published BY Macmillan
Macmillan Children’s Books has acquired a new children’s title by Man Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle.
The title, Brilliant, is set in Doyle’s native Dublin, and the publisher described it as “a short, allegorical ‘quest’ novel”, with elements of magic realism.
Editor-at-large Polly Nolan bought English language rights in the UK and Commonwealth, and translation rights worldwide, in the book from John Sutton of John Sutton Management in Dublin. MCB will publish a hardback and e-book in the UK and a trade paperback in the Irish market in May 2014, with a paperback to follow in both markets five months later.
Doyle’s most recent children’s book, A Greyhound of a Girl (Marion Lloyd Books), is currently on the shortlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.
Subscription-based ereading gets a boost…
Some of the frustration surrounding ebook lending and digital borrowing may be getting a little help, as Spanish company 24symbols announced today that it has partnered with mobile device company Zed for global distribution.
Described as the Netflix of books, 24symbols allows users to read content from a wide variety of publishers on internet-based computers and devices, alleviating much of the concern over piracy since no content is downloaded. Publishers are paid per page view of the book, allowing them to feel confident that their interests and the interests of their authors will be met.
24symbols also supports a social reading experience, allowing users to find friends and compare books, comment on each others’ titles, and more.
Now, mobile device company Zed has signed on with 24symbols to increase global use of the platform; the agreement also gives Zed a 32% ownership of the company. Zed has a customer base of over 400 million users through its agreements with more than 200 service providers and carriers.
Digital Publishing Innovation ‘Summit’ Announced:
Following on from successful international summits focusing on Big Data, Digital Strategy and Digital Analytics, IE. – Innovation Enterprise are delighted to introduce the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit where over 300 delegates will discuss topics such as: Digital Publishing with HTML5, Mobile Content and Commerce and Winning eBook Strategies.
Commenting on the agenda, Nathan Meyer, International Events Director ar IE.- Innovation Enterprise noted: “This summit was created specifically with the future of digital publishing at its forefront. So many companies are alarmed at the rate of change and that’s why we would like to invite senior leaders charged with implementing innovation to this unique, collaborative summit.”
Covering the topics which matter most to senior level management this is a must attend event for professionals working in online content strategy, ebook development and publishing platform innovation. In addition to over thirty keynote presentations, delegates will also benefit from interactive breakout sessions, over twenty hours of networking opportunities as well as on-demand access to presentations post summit via the IE. – Innovation Enterprise Membership Channel.
For a complete list of speakers, agenda and registration details for the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit please visit: http://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/digital-publishing
The Irish Independent is giving away six Collins Children’s Classics
The Irish Independent, in association with Dunnes Stores, is giving away a collection of six Collins Classic Children’s books.
The page-turners include ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Heidi’, ‘Just So Stories’ and ‘The Call of the Wild’.
Geoff Lyons, group marketing manager at Independent Newspapers Ltd, said: "We are delighted to be bringing the joy of reading to our younger readers nationwide. We hope that families around the country enjoy this enchanting collection."
Readers are simply required to buy the Irish Independent at any participating Dunnes Stores outlet tomorrow to get the third book in the collection, ‘Pinocchio’.
The free giveaway applies while stocks last and one book will be given per purchase of a newspaper. One book will be given away each week until Saturday, June 1, 2013.
PetaPixel feature on New York photographer Sid Kaplan:
When he’s not printing photos for others or passing along his know-how to students, Kaplan uses his money and time for his own passion: the documentation of New York city. One of the subjects he focuses on is documenting sights in New York City that will soon be lost to history. Things that will soon be changed, whether torn down or built up. His photos offer a beautiful documentation of life in The Big Apple over the past half century.
Cut-price Nook model sold out in many places…
Last week, Barnes & Noble slashed the price of its original Nook Model from £79 to £29 in a bid to win market share in the UK. The very low price point beats competitors at Amazon and Kobo by £20-30. At the same time, B&N partnered with the London Evening Standard’s Get London Reading campaign and donated 1,000 e-readers to the national literacy charity Beanstalk.
A Barnes & Noble spokesperson said: “Since B&N announced the reduced price of the Nook Simple Touch to support the Get London Reading literacy campaign, and make reading more affordable in the UK, there has been an unprecedented number of orders. Some retailers are temporarily out of stock due to high demand. For customers who want a Nook e-reader immediately, Nook Simple Touch is in stock at major retailers across the UK and the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight is available now as well at £69.00, reduced from £109.”
B&N launched its range of Nook e-readers in the UK last September through partner retailers, followed by an advertising campaign in the run-up to Christmas. Retailers which stock Nook products are Foyles, Blackwell’s, John Lewis, Argos, Sainsbury’s and Asda.
Printing student’s work in Progress from iPads to a folder on your laptop.
If your students are not writing into a virtual space from their iPads, for example a blog, wiki or shared app like Evernote, you will struggle to monitor their progress. So here is an awesomely nifty way of capturing evidence of “work in progress”.
The joy of this is that all the files neatly arrive in one folder on computer. If the learners label the files as you have them named in your mark book, you will have an instant overview of who has handed work in.