Greetings all and welcome back to the new year (next week).
To kick things off I decided to post the fix six weeks required reponse topic just a few days early...just in case you had a few extra minutes this week that might start to vanish once school starts. Also, I thought it would be a good idea to just get the ball rolling on the responses so that we would all be used to the process early.
By the looks of the discussions currently on the board, everyone is happily playing with their nooks and have discovered a few new and interesting uses, utilities, or how to's. So, to springboard on that, let's talk about the nooks...officially and for credit. Here is the discussion topic.
Discuss our usage of the nookcolor so far. Specifiically, if you have any interesting uses, utilities, or how to's that you think others might benefit from, please share them. Also feel free to use this topic as a medium to ask nookcolor questions of the combined knowledgebase of the group.
I want to start by strongly recommending the program calilre. It can be found at calibre-ebook.com and is completely free. The program helps you to organize your ebook collection both on and off you device and, more importantly, can easily convert an ebook from one digital format to another. In addition, you can completely tweak the books descriptors (metadata or tags) and change the cover art. My brother and parents have kindle's and have amassed an extensive library for each of public domain (free) books. W/hen I told them I had received a nookcolor, they were happy and wanted to share their libraries with me. Unfortunately the kindle likes the mobi format and the nookcolor's preferred format is epub. Note, the nookcolor does flawlessly read .pdf documents, but from my experience, performes bette and has more reliable coverart reproduction with the epub format. Here is where calibre comes in. The calibre program allows you to change the format of the digital media with the click of a single button or, even better, automatically detects your nookcolor and converts incompatible digital book formats to a readable format when you tranfer such a book to the reader throug the program. It is very easy to use and, I repeat, very free.
In addition, I strongly recommend using the microsd card expansion slot. The default nookcolor has 8 gigs of storage, but 7 of that is reserved for Barnes and Noble usage and only one gig is free for user content. With the expansion slot, you can add up to 32 gigs of additional user content storage. I had a pawltry 2 gig micro sd card knocking around the house that had come free with a cell phone and put it in. Worked like a charm. True, 2 gigs is seemingly nothing these days...but it was free, not being used, and tripled my available storage.
These are my tips to get the discussion going. I look forward to hearing yours.
I have been browsing through my nook to get used to it. I have been familiarizing myself with it. It is new technology to me. Our wonderful TECH man at my school has put wireless on the Nook so that I can use the internet and shop all day. I have been able to get internet at home as well. I will also try your suggestion. Thanks for the information!
Well, I just love, love, love my Nook! Everyone I've shown it to is very jealous and can't believe we got one at an inservice! Lol Anyway, I am an avid reader and so the Nook is right up my alley! I have already started reading our first book, Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire. Very insightful! And, everyone who knows me knows I am NOT a very tech-y person, but even I feel like I can navigate through the Nook pretty well. It's very user friendly.
I also asked my tech people at school for wireless permission and they said that they could do it. What if we can get Nook app installed in our school computers I wondered if I could then have the students access all the edcuational apps and childrens books that I would purchase. What do you all think? I think Barnes and Nobles said that I could have up to 6 devises to this account. Just a idea.
I am enjoying the nookcolor in my spare time. So far I have experimented with Pandora radio and searched for books. I have purchased Teach Like Your Hair is on Fire, but I've only read the prologue so far. It looks like a good read! I played around with the settings and picked a custom background. I have received a few of the "free" book offers that nook showcased each week also. The only big problem I'm having is finding places where I can connect to the internet. I enjoy being able to read books and listen to the radio regardless of where I am. Thanks for the nookcolor Christine!
I haven't really tried the free Friday thing yet. I saw something about it in an email, but haven't investigated further. Can you comment some more about how the Free Friday process works, if you have to be in the B&N store to get them, and how you know whick books are free?
Thanks much...I always like free stuff.
I have enjoyed my Nook and have downloaded/purchased several books. It can be quite addicting!! I would also like information on the Free Friday process, as I look forward to filling my virtual library. Plan to purchase "Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire" this week -as soon as I finish reading "The Help"!!!!
Thanks for all the info Richard..I will look into all of it. I have downloaded our assigned reading along with some classic literature (I love all that old stuff!!). I am so excited about the NOOK...what an awesome tool and I appreciate the opportunity to use it not only at home but at school also. I'm having to check with our Tech people so that I can hook up to the wireless and look forward to using it with my students. I noticed a Mult. fact app and thought that would be a great center for a child who needed more practice...and they would just think they were playing a game!
I loved Teach Like Your Hair is On Fire. Very inspiring. I put the Hobart Shakespearians on my Netflix queue. I also have purchased several books and I have been avidly reading. I love the ability to take notes and highlight sections in the book and also to look up words when necessary. I only have one contact at this time, and would like to get more. I'm enjoying the Pulse News App. and word of the day. I have had difficulty transfering music onto my nook. I'm not sure if it is because much of my music was purchased on itunes. I would welcome any suggestions because there are times when Pandora is not an option. I have set an alarm on my phone so that I will not forget to check my Free Friday books. I am very excited about using it more in the classroom and welcome suggestions. What a great idea it was to purchase the Nooks. Thanks so much.
Ok let me begin by saying I LOVE the NOOKColor. My only problem is that I live out in the country and use Stellera as my internet service. If anyone is familiar with it then you have connect it to your laptop. My question is does anyone know how I can connect my Nook to this service? We have WiFi at school, but my class is too far away from the library where the signal is. So basically, am I lost cause with the Nook? Thanks
I had the non-color Nook already (Gave it to my daughter!) so I had several books in my library. I plan to download the app you mentioned so I can organize my library.
I love the back lighting on the color Nook so I can read in bed without leaving my room light on.
I had to make an emergency flight to visit an ill relative and took the Nook with me. It is a perfect flight companion, especially during layovers. (The airports have plugs for re-charging so be sure to carry your charger in your carry on luggage.) I re-read Teach Like Your Hairs On Fire during the trip and decided to get familiar with the highlighting feature. Is there a way to highlight more than one word at a time? I was not able to highlight words on the far right of my screen.
I read There Are No Short Cuts also by by Rafe E. on my Nook and it is as good as our assigned reading. I recommend it to everyone.
I think I may have fallen through the cracks. How do I find out if I am still considered a participant? I have not seen anything aboubt using moodle and was wondering why I had not heard anything about discussing our book. I read it and another by the same author. Please advise. I want to stay in.
Hey everyone! My year has been a bustle of activity as I am sure all of you have experienced at your campuses. We have changed the way the students are scheduled and rotate through classes and it has meant changing EVERYTHING we do. I think we finally get to breathe this week.
I love the Nook. I had a Pandigital and the Nook is much more user friendly. I am actually going to use the TICK A TOCK app in math. I am going to have the students write and illustrate word problems and then try to combine them thematically to create a math story. I have gotten several teachers on board with this concept and I think we are going to write a grant to our educational foundation to purchase Nooks for student use. This is one really cool feature and the kids LOVE working with the technology!
I know everyone is "teaching like their hair is on fire!" Keep the fire lit!
Happy 5th week of school,
WOW!!!!! At this moment, I wish I could spend some quality time with my nook! We are crazy over here in Flour Bluff! I do love the nook and I recently brought it with me to jury duty! I am planning on "playing" with it when I get that one moment, but as of now.... I am using it to read, and browse the Internet! Oh my nine year old wants one, she takes mine all the time. I have to hide it!
Peace and may the force be with you!!!!!
Thnkfinity and beyond.......
Well, as like all of you it has been very busy. I have read a few chapters of our reading. I have used my nook in class when we talked about recycling because there was a free book I downloaded. I do take it with me wherever I go just in case I do have time. Can't wait until Thanksgiving and Christmas when I can really use it.
I have just been using my nook to read, but it is awesome at that. It has been interesting reading how other people are using theirs. Now that school has settled down a little, okay, now that I am back in school mode, it takes me awhile, I hope to look at the nook and all that it does more closely.
I loved the nook before school started... that is probably because I actually had time to use it then! I was also having to pry it away from my 5th grade daughter. She loved the free math games app I downloaded and was practicing her math facts, getting ready for the new school year. I have also enjoyed reading on the nook and I am getting better at highlighting.
Dear Richard, I hope it is not too late to answer the first topic you posed for discussion. There was just too many things going on at my school at the beginning of the year that my Nook was put at the side for a while. Now that everything has settled down, I was able to sit down and enjoy my Nook. I downloaded many free books, free games,Music, tried changing my wallpaper usiing the gallery, I think I've searched every nook of my Nook. Lately, I was able to buy the book, Teach Like Your Hair Is on Fire, successfully. A good, inspiring book indeed! I was looking forward to free math games and activities but I could not find any. I guess I have to resort to buying them. Anyway, I'm looking forward to my Christmas travel to Canada so I can read many of the 21 free books I downloaded.
I'm just sitting down catching up... It took all of the 1st six weeks to get wireless on my Nook at school. The district librarian and principal had to request from the district technology. I am too far away to usually get wireless, but did download some children's books and have used them with my students. They loved it!
I read the book, Teach Like Your Hair is On Fire, and was insipired by the story. I also looked at some free trial magazines and shared the technology with my family. Everyone was very impressed by the Nook.
I am so excited about my Nook! This is the most convenient way to read when traveling by land or
by air. I absolutely love it. So do my grandchildren, especially when it reads children's books
to them that I downloaded. I loved reading Teach Like Your Hair is On Fire on my Nook.
I just recently joined this group and thoroughly enjoyed reading Eat That Frog! using the Nook. I am not very familiar with all of it's capabilites yet, but I love exploring and learning how to use any new "gadgets" that I get. I have read all of the posts on this topic and have gotten some great ideas that I will be trying out.
I have just recently joined this group as well. I was hoping to complete my thinkfinity post from my nook, however it was unable to bring up the reply box. The nook is great for reading! I think there could be a lot of uses in the classroom. From basic flash card study for students to documentation aide for teachers. Hope to learn a lot more. Thank you for the tips hope to try them out soon.
I love my nook. I took advantage of the Free Friday and read a book for pleasure before starting the required reading. Once school started there wasn't much time for reading. When I did take time to read the battery was usually dead on the nook. It was annoying to read with it plugged in. Once I got used to using the nook on a regular basis I kept it charged. I found lots of free books available everyday of the week. I got my daughter a nook for Christmas. She has downloaded many apps. I am hoping she can teach me.
What an awesome device! I've finished my second book study and have quite a collection on mine. I was one that wouldn't start another book until I completed the one I was currently reading. Now I have several books going. I guess you could say that I've eatten the biggest frog and have some tadpoles going!
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I have truly enjoyed the Nook, although I need to learn to use it for more purposes than reading. I have downloaded several public domain books and read them. It also kept me occupied on the plane working crossword puzzles. I have read and downloaded both books.