The Digital School
The Digital School is the key component of New School vision with 7 million visitors so far. The use of New Technologies becomes a catalyst for changing:
the content of the Curriculum and school knowledge,
teaching and learning,
the relationship between teachers and pupils,
the relationship between parents and school.
“The Digital School” constitutes a holistic approach with parallel development of all the parameters that experience has shown to be critical for the successful introduction of ICT to schools. Specifically, a number of actions are being implemented that are organized along five basic axes:
Enhancement of network infrastructure and electronic equipment at schools, aiming at creating a digital classroom equipped with fast Internet connection and interactive smart boards, while teachers and pupils interact in a dynamic way by using all modern ICT tools.
Rich, interactive e-books that corresponds to the curricula for all grades and courses.
Teacher training in the educational utilization of new technologies.
Integrated system for the electronic administration of education and the management of education data.
Horizontal support actions.
Flat World Knowledge - free textbooks
Flat World Knowledge is a large college textbook publishing company that allows students to read and share entire textbooks online for free. It develops and publishes peer-reviewed expert-authored college textbooks under a Creative Commons license.
This online library contains a comprehensive selection of books across disciplines including Business & Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Professional and Applied Sciences, and Mathematics. The books are available for free online but can also be made portable and used across many digital devices or printed with a premium option, the All-Access Pass.
Flat World Knowledge offers several other possibilities too:
• teachers can adopt online books to use them in the classroom or can have students get their own printed copy (normally for a fraction of the normal textbook prices)
• books are open and can be reviewed, customised and reshared
• study aid tools such as key term flashcards, practice quizzes and audio guided study aids to help students succeed.
InTech - free scientific ebooks
InTech is an Open Access publisher of academic books and journals in the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). It provides free online access to high quality research and help leading academics make their work visible and accessible to diverse new audiences around the world.
Currently InTech gives free access to 1827 books and 12 journals, collaborating with more than 70,000 authors. They are researchers and scholars from the best ranked universities in the world, including globally-renowned experts.
Initially, most of the publications were in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Manufacturing, Operations Research, Environmental Engineering, Nanotechnology, Computer Science, Renewable Energy and Electrical Engineering. Since 2010 the publishing program has been expanded to General and Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Sciences and in particular Medicine, Biology and Biotechnology.
InTech is based on the principle of Open Access. It is a publishing model that does not charge readers for accessing scientific publications online. As a consequence, everything published as or in an open access resource is immediately available online for free. All use is fair use so long as the original authors and sources are credited. An Open Access article is more likely to be used and cited than one behind subscription barriers. Submitted works are published by InTech under the Open Access publishing model and Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (the author retains the copyright to his/her work and that can use it in any manner.)
All published resources on the website are accessible without registration. It is needed to submit contributions to the website.
PHYSICAL SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
Computer and Information Science
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Immunology and Microbiology
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science
Veterinary Medicine and Science
SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES
Business, Management and Economics
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED ROBOTIC SYSTEMS
SciYo - Free Scientific Books
SciYo is an online repository where users can read, download & share more than 273 free scientific books. It's free for everyone, anywhere in the world so long as the original author(s) and source are correctly credited. Sciyo books and book chapters are redirected and read under InTechOpen website (http://www.intechopen.com/), which is an online reading platform that operates under InTech Publishing Group, a multidisciplinary Open Access publisher of scientific journals and books covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.
LRE - Learning Resource Exchange
The Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) for schools is developed and coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN, http://www.eun.org) and enables schools to find educational content from many different countries and providers. Anyone is able to browse content in the LRE federation of repositories and teachers that register can also use LRE social tagging tools, rate LRE content, save their Favourite resources and share links to these resources with their friends.
Other info about the project at http://fire.eun.org.
Video Compression, Editing and Displays
An e-Book/tutorial that provides videographers, technicians and engineers with an in-depth understanding of compression, editing MPEG and the proper setup of color monitors. The author provides an easy to understand tutorial on the systems that are used in much of today's digital equipment. The book is generally aimed at the somewhat advanced videomaker who wants to get most quality out his/her work.
Chapter one provides an in-depth tutorial on the basics of MPEG-2. You will learn about the basic underpinnings of MPEG-2: color sampling, Profiles and Levels, I-frames, P-frames and B-frames. Mullen then reviews the basics of digital color sampling. You will learn about the various levels of color sampling and the difference between 4:1:1 and 4:2:2. This discussion concludes with a review of motion vectors. You'll learn about specific MPEG implementations, including Sony's XDCAM, JVC's ProHD and Panasonic's DVC Pro.
Chapter two focuses on a newer compression technology, MPEG-4. The MPEG-4, Part 10, H.264/AVC codec is currently available in nine implementations. You'll learn about similarities, conversions and differences. You'll also learn about Panasonic's AVC-Intra and Sony's HDCAM-SR codecs.
Chapter three is devoted to debunking some of the many myths about editing long-GOP content. While MPEG-2 was originally said to be "not editable," Mullen explains why that is untrue. He examines how the myth started and reviews some of today's long-GOP editing solutions.
Chapter four provides the background to understanding "smart editing." Mullen explains mistakes editors often make when exporting their content to other formats and the consequence that can have on video quality. One solution is smart GOP splicing, which is discussed at an engineering level. This chapter helps both editors and technicians ensure that their equipment is properly configured to minimize re-encoding errors.
The final eBook chapter, "Choosing a post-production monitor," concludes with a solid tutorial on the use and selection of post-production video monitors. Because of their low-cost, many editors rely on consumer-grade HDTVs for production monitoring. The author asks, "Are consumer LCD monitors really a good value for post-production?" His answer may surprise you. This chapter emphasizes the importance of making wise choices when purchasing a production monitor. Topics covered include: deinterlacing, line-doubling deinterlacing, weave deinterlacing, motion adaptive deinterlacing, frame-based motion adaptive deinterlacing, regional-based motion adaptive deinterlacing and pixel-based adaptive deinterlacing. Mullen explains how 2:3 pulldown affects the quality of a displayed image.
In addition, you'll learn about other key video monitor parameters that affect image quality, including judder, refresh-rate and image formats. The data in this chapter will enable you to make an informed purchase decision when it comes time to replace that old CRT monitor.
AACE - Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), founded in 1981, is an international, not-for-profit, educational organization with the mission of advancing Information Technology in Education and E-Learning research, development, learning, and its practical application.
AACE runs several related international conferences including the Global Learn, ED-MEDIA and SITE, and hold a Digital Library with e-books and publications.
Project Gutenberg: free e-books
Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to PC, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android or other portable device; on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch you can reach Project Gutenberg through the Stanza catalog.
You can also choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats.
No fee or registration is required.