Converting files to EPUB format

One of the formats for e-books is the EPUB format. The format provides ‘flowable content’, which means that the content will adapt its presentation to the device that it appears on.

Yesterday we did a trial in converting a .pdf file to .epub, using one of the many free converters found on the web. It was surprisingly easy, and it worked quite well. It was also very easy to get the file to open in iBook on the iPad. The main issue is that the images didnt convert, but this appears to be because we had used screen shots in the original document converted to pdf, instead of actual images.

While reading any file on a screen has its issues, reading epub files on a tablet isn’t too bad. The portability of the tablet has many advantages, and it does save having an extra ‘thing’ to carry if you want to read the file/book.

For a comparison of the variety of e-book formats available, see the link below;

Comparison of e-book formats (Wikipedia article)

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‘iPad Curriculum’

‘iPad Curriculum’ is a blog about how iPad apps can be used as learning tools. See:

iPad Curriculum

I think this is a great example of the development that can occur once a device has been created. Once its built, people start looking at different ways it can be used, and now more and more people are starting to look at how tablets and mobile devices can be used for education (among other things).

To find more education iPad apps, try www.apple.com/education/apps/. For Android devices, see market.android.com/apps/EDUCATION

Khan Academy

The ‘Khan Academy’ seems to keep coming up whenever comments are made about tech and eductaion. A “not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere”, they seem to be a well known player in the movement for free education. See the links below for more info:

Khan Academy

They have their own YouTube channel, see:

Khan Academy YouTube channel

The great thing about having a video explaning the content is the ability to rewind and re-play when the individual requires. Its a bit more difficult to get the teacher to re-wind!

Content format options

There is a huge number of formats available for the provision of content to learners, and it can cause problems when some cannot open certain files. To try to reduce this, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework has set up the E-standards for Training Reference Site.

One section covers the content formats that learners access. The standards are regularly checked and updated as needed. See the link below:

Content formats