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Amazon’s Alexa has 80,000 Apps—and No Runaway Hit

Amazon’s Alexa has 80,000 Apps—and No Runaway Hit

The advent of the smartphone triggered an app gold rush. So far that hasn’t happened with Alexa.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-11/amazon-s-alexa-has-80-000-apps-and-no-runaway-hit

Libraries – still a hit after all these years.

Stephen

Posted on: March 21, 2019, 6:52 am Category: Uncategorized

Seven Places to Listen to Free Audiobooks

Seven Places to Listen to Free Audiobooks

Seven Places to Listen to Free Audiobooks

“The internet is overflowing with nearly as many free audiobooks as ebooks. There are dozens if not hundreds of sites with free audiobooks, and I have pulled together a short list of seven sites where you can find a broad selection.

Project Gutenberg

Seven Places to Listen to Free Audiobooks Audiobook Freebies Tips and Tricks Project Gutenberg is best known for being the first website to offer free public domain ebooks, but they also have audiobooks for you to download. The selection is drawn from a variety of sites, including Librivox, AudiobooksForFree, and LiteralSystems.org.

LibriVox

Seven Places to Listen to Free Audiobooks Audiobook Freebies Tips and Tricks

LibriVox is a non-commercial, community-supported, ad-free site which audiobook recordings from public domain titles released by Project Gutenberg which have been read, recorded, and released for the public’s listening pleasure.

The audiobooks are created by the public, and you too can volunteer to read a story. Or you can just download from LibriVox’s acoustical library of good books.

StoryNory

Seven Places to Listen to Free Audiobooks Audiobook Freebies Tips and Tricks This site stands out from the other free audiobook sites because it is the one site that focuses on audiobooks for kids, offering popular titles such as Little Red Riding Hood. It also produces original content, which comes with transcribed versions of the story.

Open Culture

Seven Places to Listen to Free Audiobooks Audiobook Freebies Tips and Tricks This site is one of the better gateway websites for educational and cultural media (video, text, audio, and more. Open Culture aggregates content from all over the internet, and it has a decent collection of audiobooks that you can stream or download in a variety of audio formats for later consumption. The audiobooks are listed alphabetically by the author’s last name, and are organized by genre (fiction and literature, nonfiction, poetry, etc).

The Internet Archive

Seven Places to Listen to Free Audiobooks Audiobook Freebies Tips and Tricks The IA is out to backup everything, and that includes audiobooks. The site has a library of audiobooks and poetry readings from a variety of sources, including the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, Maria Lectrix, Internet Archive users, and more.

If you look elsewhere on the site you might also find audiobooks uploaded by users, but I would be careful about downloading those; at least some of the user uploads are pirated copies.

Learn Out Loud

Seven Places to Listen to Free Audiobooks Audiobook Freebies Tips and Tricks As you can tell from the name, LOL is focused on educational audiobooks. This site has a collection of more than 10,000 educational and inspirational audiobooks, only some of which is free. A lot of the free content is sourced elsewhere, including other sites on this list like LibriVox, but this site’s clean look and good organization might make it worth checking first.

 Lit2Go

Seven Places to Listen to Free Audiobooks Audiobook Freebies Tips and Tricks Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. You can easily search for audio book titles here by genre, author or collection, and they even grade a book’s readability for your children by Flesch-Kincaid grade levels. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified.”

Stephen

Posted on: March 21, 2019, 6:27 am Category: Uncategorized

Design Thinking vs. Visual Thinking

Design Thinking vs. Visual Thinking

https://coolinfographics.com/blog/2019/3/4/design-thinking-vs-visual-thinking

Design Thinking vs. Visual Thinking infographic explanation

Stephen

 

Posted on: March 21, 2019, 6:12 am Category: Uncategorized

Robots in Libraries: Technology Trends that Aren’t that Out-There Anymore!

March 19, 2019

Robots in Libraries: Technology Trends that Aren’t that Out-There Anymore!

Posted by: Stephen Abram

I recently had the delight of chairing a panel at Internet Librarian where one of my panelists was Dewey—a physical robot developed by the Palo Alto City Library. Our panelists interacted with Dewey and other virtual robots like Alexa/Amazon Dot, Google Home, etc. As did the audience. We learned a lot. Most surprising was what we and the delegates learned they were already good at and where they failed (sometimes dangerously and sometimes humorously!).
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Posted on: March 20, 2019, 10:00 am Category: Uncategorized

Projections of Education Statistics to 2027

New Report/Data: Projections of Education Statistics to 2027 (46th Edition)

From the National Center for Education Statistics:

Enrollment in elementary and secondary schools is projected to increase by 4 percent between 2015 and 2027, following a 3 percent increase between 2002 and 2015, according to a newly released report.

The National Center for Education Statistics released a new annual report today (Date), entitled Projections of Education Statistics to 2027. This report provides national-level data on enrollment, teachers, high school graduates, and expenditures at the elementary and secondary level and enrollment and degrees at the postsecondary level for the past 15 years and projections to the year 2027.

Other findings include:

  • Postsecondary enrollment rose by 19 percent between 2002 and 2016, and is projected to increase  another 3 percent by 2027;
  • The number of high school graduates increased by 15 percent between 2002-03 and 2012-13, and is projected to increase 5 percent by 2027-28; and,
  • After adjusting for inflation, current expenditures per pupil increased by 9 percent between 2002-03 and 2014-15, and a further increase of 16 percent is projected by 2027-28.

Resources

Direct to Report Highlights

Direct to Full Text Report
174 pages; PDF.”

Stephen

Posted on: March 20, 2019, 6:22 am Category: Uncategorized

How to Market on Reddit: A Guide for Businesses

How to Market on Reddit: A Guide for Businesses

How to Market on Reddit: A Guide for Businesses

 

Stephen

Posted on: March 20, 2019, 6:09 am Category: Uncategorized

Why Do People Believe in Pseudoscience?

Why Do People Believe in Pseudoscience?

Stephen

Posted on: March 20, 2019, 6:03 am Category: Uncategorized