More good news from ICDL. In their continuing efforts to support a global community they have made the searching and reading tools available in 9 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Filipino/Tagalog, German, Hebrew, Persian/Farsi, and Spanish. You can become a member and then specify which language you prefer when you login. Very cool.
And they have just added another 95 new books which brings the total to over 700 books in 29 languages including Quechua and Kinyarwanda. Be sure to bookmark this site and see my previous post to learn more about ICDL.
International Children's Digital Library
Give yourself a
present today and visit the International
Children's Digital Library (ICDL). The mission of the ICDL is to select,
collect, digitize, and organize children's materials in their original
languages and to create appropriate technologies for access and use by children
3-13 years old. What they have accomplished so far is amazing - 611 books in
over 25 languages -- with the help of the KidsTeam, a half a dozen kids who
meet twice weekly to help with the design and development of the ICDL. Read
more about the kids' involvement in Technology
Review and The
When you explore ICDL, be sure to check out the search choices in the basic search page. Two options are color of the book and length of a book -- you know kids had a say in these. Also, use the Spiral Reader when viewing your blue, medium length, make believe book for kids six to nine that has kid characters -- that was also the kids' idea.
Before you leave the site, click on "Become an ICDL Ambassador." There are a lot of ways to get involved in this project:
- Submit "Featured Book" recommendations
- Provide brief descriptions of ways you are using the ICDL collection
- Identify specific language needs
- Promote use of the ICDL in your community
- Identify and/or serve as a liaison toindividuals or organizations that could recommend books for inclusion in the collection
- Serve as a "test site" for software development
- Serve as a "test site" for ICDL use studies