Last week, I mostly wanted to sleep in, so I skipped my EDU Blog post. This week’s post is about free web tools, just in case you didn’t read the title. 🙂
There are so many good (and free) web tools these days. In the past, if we wanted something new, we were limited but the resources of the teacher near us, in our school or that one relative. If we were really lucky, we got to be friends with the retiring teacher who wanted to give away all their books.
Now, we have access to some quality books with Epic. Epic, for those that don’t know is a fantastic resource of free books. Can you tell I like free…books…that are free?
I know we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but, man, there are some boring looking books out there. If you are like me, some of them may even be in our library. May it not be so.
Epic has, at last look, 25,000 books, learning videos (you may have to set boundaries 😉 )and more. And they are titles the kids might be interested in. What I like is that my developing readers can have some of the books read to them. If you want to emphasize listening skills, there is a selection of audiobooks.
Another cool feature is the Collection. I can make a collection of books that I want students to read and check out based on whatever unit I may be working on. Students are also asked to pick their interests and there is always a new book recommendation given to kids.
I don’t get paid for this review; I don’t need to be. Well, if you offered, I would probably not say no. There is a paid option for home use. I think it is about $7 a month, which is not a bad price for access to so many good books, plus it is a major way Epic is able to keep Epic free for teachers.
Be sure to check it out, if you haven’t, at www.getepic.com