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Sep 16

Highlight: Digital Literacy Resources for Every Level

Posted to Statewide Online Services News on September 16, 2016 at 12:23 PM by Lianne Flax

September is Digital Literacy Month, so we’d like to point out online resources from the very basics to the advanced learner.

Just starting out? Please see our Digital Literacy landing page, where we have sorted learning links by topic from various sources. We heavily rely on the GFC Learn Free project for this area, as they have quality information that is easily accessible. You will also find links to watch online presentations by Nathan Carr, the technology librarian at Newton Public Library.
gfc learn free

Ready to move forward? There's something for everyone through these statewide services.

 LEL_Logo_Vertical Learning Express – Computer Skills Center  While Learning Express has everything from ACT test preparation to job skills and resume creation, it also has a section of computer tutorial videos. There are basic “about the internet” videos and more in-depth tutorials on using software (like Microsoft Excel or Adobe Photoshop).

You will need to create a personal account (just choose register at upper right on any LE page) so the system can save your videos and other materials.

Universal Class is a system of online classes of various topics, and there is a generous section for computers.
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You may choose to just go over the class videos and other materials on your own, or join the class to interact with an instructor. Register the first time you access in order to save materials or join a class. Topics range from:
  • use of devices (computer, tablets, digital photography)
  • the internet (email, eBay, even Pintrest!)
  • specific software (Quickbooks, Microsoft & Adobe products)
  • HTML, MySql, and programming classes. 

Total Boox – Computer eBooks Section 
A large range of technology books with this service. You’ll find everything from books on sample projects for 3D printers to manuals on developing mobile apps and programming in a variety of languages

The benefit of checking out nonfiction books on Total Boox is that your checkouts never expire and you can check out as many books as you want. This allows you to refer back to any previously read book at need.  Available for iPad/iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire (see instructions here). You will need a Kansas Library eCard to checkout, get one at any public, school, or academic library in Kansas.

Sep 01

Total Boox: Retold Classics with Audio

Posted to Librarian News on September 1, 2016 at 4:32 PM by Lianne Flax

Total Boox has been slowly adding ebooks from Oxford University Press that have an embedded audiobook, and there are now enough titles to show off.  Created by Oxford University Press, these are intended for English language learners, would be good for any literacy student (given that a title is age appropriate).  I don’t have to tell you that listening while reading works best for some learners.

So far, a good portion of these are abridged classics. We made a special shelf to highlight these new materials and described them on our patron blog ( see post here) but here’s supplementary notes for you:

  • Book Activities: a section of reading comprehension questions are at the end of the book.  You could use these to create your own worksheet, or simply have the student complete the questions for a particular section in their notebook.   
  • Levels: each book’s cover shows a level number on the cover (and in the book record’s summary).  You may wish to look at one book in each level and check the reading comprehension questions if working with students that have a variety of reading levels. 
  • Total Boox promo page–welcome fliers, suggested newsletter blurb, and short videos on creating & sharing your own shelves.

Remember, Total Boox is only available for mobile devices BUT there are unlimited copies of each title and the checkouts never expire.  For instructions on setting up the apps, see


Sep 01

Total Boox: Retold Classics with Audio

Posted to Statewide Online Services News on September 1, 2016 at 3:31 PM by Lianne Flax

Total Boox is currently available for iPad/iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire. For instructions on installing the apps, see this page. You will need a Kansas Library eCard to use the app.


Total Boox (previously only regular ebooks) began offering ebooks with added audio this summer. These Oxford University Press books are intended for “Learners of English,” but would be helpful for any literacy student. The audiobook portion is well-read and may even include some music or sound effects.

Retold classics are the bulk of these books for now. These are abridged editions to provide an easier reading experience for learners. Click the images above for a special shelf of these classics. You may checkout the entire shelf at once if you wish.

How does the audio work?
  • On the first page of the first section, you’ll see a play bar. Tap the play button to start the audio.
  • Pages do not turn automatically; to keep up with the audio you must turn the page.
  • Play buttons appear at the start of every chapter. At this time the play bar does not follow you into the chapter, so if you need to pause the audio you will need to return to the first page of the section (or skip ahead to the next).
Want more books with added audio? Currently, the best way to view all of these is to visit the English Language Learning section. Each has a “With Audio” banner on the cover art, and since they are new they are found mostly in the first 4 pages of the section. Total Boox plans to make these special materials easier to browse or search for in the future.