Some of you are familiar with the Lit2Go website and some
of you are familiar with Lit2Go on USF’s iTunes U site. So, why is
Lit2Go content offered in two different locations? Why would you go
to one or the other? I’m glad you asked! (If you’re not sure what
Lit2Go is, scroll down and I’ll explain it below the fold!)
Lit2Go Website The
Lit2Go website includes several different ways to sort the
collection. There are directories by author, by title, and special
subject area directories. In addition, you can search the
collection by title, author, keyword, or reading level. Each audio
file has it’s own web page which includes a printable version of
the text, a brief abstract, and other information about the piece.
Many of the pages also include lesson ideas. Advantages: Many ways
to locate a book or author. Lots of supporting information and
materials for each chapter of every book. PDF and MP3 versions of
each chapter available from the same page. Disadvantages: You have
to visit a separate page to download each chapter of a book.
Lit2Go on iTunes U USF
on iTunes U includes a beautiful section of Lit2Go audio books. For
the most part, all of the same books, stories, poetry, and
non-fiction texts appear on both the website and iTunes U, although
some files are grouped differently in each place. In iTunes U, each
Lit2Go book appears as a separate collection. With one click, you
can download MP3 files for an entire book. iTunes also allows you
to easily transfer downloaded audio books to your iPod, iPad, or
iPhone. Advantages: Easy to download entire books. Easy to synch
with mobile devices. Disadvantages: Limited options for viewing and
sorting the entire Lit2Go collection. Text versions and support
materials are not present. What is
Lit2Go? Lit2Go is a free online
collection of stories and poems in audio and text formats. It was
created and is maintained by the Florida Center for Instructional
Technology at the University of South Florida College of Education.
The collection includes classic works by authors such as Mark
Twain, Beatrix Potter, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens,
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Charlotte and Emily Bronte,
Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Thomas Jefferson, Jack London,
Rudyard Kipling, and many others.
Right now, we are experimenting with new delivery formats for the collection, including ePub. Watch this space for future developments!