[IAEP] Note-taking

James Simmons nicestep at gmail.com
Sat Feb 21 20:42:33 EST 2015


The goodreads website https://www.goodreads.com might be useful. You can do
rankings of books, reviews, have threaded discussions, post favorite
quotes, interact with G+ and Facebook, and other things that the words
"reading socially" would suggest.

I wrote a free book the might be of some use to you:


It is also available on the web. Here is the chapter on the Pathagar book
server, which might be of interest:


James Simmons

On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 4:45 PM, Sora Edwards-Thro <sora at unleashkids.org>

> Thanks for the additional input, everyone. James, Gonzalo, Tony, some
> responses below:
> On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 4:14 PM, James Simmons <nicestep at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> The catch is it only works with plain text files.
> Yes, my original thought was we could convert PDF to plain-text files and
> just use the Write activity to do highlights and such. But, some of the
> content we're working with is not OER (that's what happens when you need
> high-quality books in a specific language), and I'm not sure if they'll be
> okay with us manipulating the files like that. We've got to choose how many
> battles to fight with them. Thanks for passing this tool on - looks like
> it's better suited than the Write activity for reading.
> On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 2:51 PM, Gonzalo Odiard <godiard at sugarlabs.org>
>> wrote:
>>> I am available to work (on contract) in these features if you are
>>> interested.
> Thank you for the offer, Gonzalo. Fortunately, we do have some money
> raised to pay programmers. Right now I'm just trying to identify which
> tasks to ask people to tackle. Bear in mind that this is my first
> experience with software development; thanks for being patient,everyone, as
> we try to figure out what is and isn't doable, and what is and isn't worth
> doing.
> On Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 7:52 PM, Tony Anderson <tony_anderson at usa.net>
>  wrote:
>> Also on the list is a 'comments' capability so that learners can make
>> comments and give rankings for the books they read from the school server
>> library and which would be linked to the book entry on the school server.
> Do you currently have a system in place for organizing books on the
> schoolserver? I know on the Haiti IIAB release we have a searchable copy of
> Project Gutenberg; I don't know how easy it is to add entries to that. In
> the past, we just added books by creating another link that goes to a page
> with a list of the PDF files available. But since we're looking at adding
> at least 300 more books, plus whatever the texts the students are able to
> write, so searching  by title would be nice / necessary. We're also looking
> for sorting by level and topic. Finally, the ability to comment and give
> rankings is essential if you want students to start reading socially. If
> you've made / plan to make any headway on the above, I'd love to hear more
> about it. Thanks.
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