Thursday, January 10, 2013

TumbleBooks - A Second Look

If you missed it the first time around, we briefly looked at TumbleBooks as a DCL resource a couple of years ago.  Since then, TumbleBooks has added iPad-compatible books, which can be accessed directly through the DCL TumbleBook link (check for it on the Downloadables page), then narrowed down by using the "choose" drop-down menu in the upper right of the page.  Also as a point of interest, TumbleBooks is listed by IT as our most-accessed database for the past three years!  Below is a brief overview and some activities you can do to become more familiar with the TumbleBooks features...

TumbleBooks: Found on DCL’s “Downloadables” page, TumbleBooks is a database of streaming children’s books and learning activities.  It features titles in a variety of reading levels, with read-a-long options and related games and puzzles.  The TumbleBooks database can be used over the Internet and might be useful for parents and teachers looking to help children build reading skills.  Since these titles and activities are streamed from the database, they cannot be downloaded or played without the Internet.  TumbleBooks are created using “flash animation,” which gives them some interactive capabilities and enhances the user experience.

Activities: TumbleBooks

Take 10-15 minutes to play around with TumbleBooks, then:

1)      Watch the TumbleTour and leave a comment with your two favorite features of TumbleBooks.

2)      Present a TumbleBook as a flash talk to your co-workers. 

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