iPad in Education for Dummies—Book Review

On March 20, 2013, in Book Review, Features, by Elisa Pacelli

iPad in Education for Dummies
Author: Sam Gliksman
Publisher: Wiley
Price: $24.99 for softcover book, $16.99 for Ebook
416 pages
ISBN: 978-1-1183-7538-9


Elisa’s note: Today’s guest reviewer is my son, Shane Pacelli. Shane is a certified 1st-6th grade teacher, currently running the computer lab at a local elementary school.

iPad in Education for Dummies by Sam Gliksman is a must read for any teacher that has, or plans on having a classroom full of iPads. Gliksman breaks up the book into seven parts, with several chapters within each part. Within each chapter, he has numerous subtitles, step-by-step directions on how to use a certain app, and many pictures showing you what the app looks like. The book is set up so that you don’t have to read each chapter sequentially. Look at the table of contents, find a subject you are interested in, and read about the numerous apps that the author describes how to use in great detail.

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Three Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 books reviewed

On February 24, 2012, in Book Review, Photography, by Elisa Pacelli

If you’ve been reading my reviews over the last several months, you may have noticed I’ve been on an Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 (PSE10) kick. Today I present the finale of these reviews: three books that can help you learn and enjoy using PSE10. It’s truly amazing what you can do with PSE10 and a little knowledge!

Photoshop Elements 10 All-In-One for Dummies
Authors: Barbara Obermeier and Ted Padova
Publisher: Wiley
Price: $39.99 US, $47.99 CN, £27.99 UK
652 pages
ISBN: 978-1-118-10739-3

Photoshop Elements 10 All-In-One for Dummies can be considered the bible and “go-to” book for all things PSE10. Calling this book comprehensive is an understatement! Authors Barbara Obermeier and Ted Padova mention in the introduction that they asked the publisher for more space in the book so they could add even more information to an already jam-packed tome. I can’t imagine what more could be added!

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Five Photo Books Review

On January 23, 2012, in Book Review, Photography, by Steve Hammond

In every work or passion you want to pursue, there is a chance you need external influences to get better. In photography, books are a great resource. Most of the time they are written by professional photographers, then you learn from their experience. Here are five photography books for you to discover.

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All five of these how-to books from Wiley Publishing cover the iPad and iPad 2. The information presented does not vary much from one book to another, but the writing styles and book designs do. iPad2 Fully Loaded by Alan Hess was my favorite in this batch because of the clear, straightforward language, the compact design, the helpful boxed tips liberally scattered throughout the book, and a comprehensive index.

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Creating Cool HTML 4 Web Pages

On November 14, 2007, in Book Review, by Larry Grinnell

Creating Cool HTML 4 Web Pages
Dave Taylor

Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 076453484X
Price: Variable (out of print, but available via Amazon.com)
Page Count: 440

Once upon a time, I had a whole shelf-full of HTML how-to books. You know the kind, HTML for Imbeciles, I Hate to Code HTML, The Super Easy Way To Write HTML Pages for the Complete Illiterate, etc. Several years ago, I was able to put them all in the recycling bin and switch to a single resource book, Dave Taylor’s Creating Cool HTML 4 Web Pages. My copy was published in 1998, so it’s almost ten years old, but it is still an incredibly valuable reference book when all you need to do is do some basic no-frills HTML coding. CSS? Not here. XHTML? Nope. References to high-end HTML design tools? Not a chance. Those tools weren’t around when this book was published. People were still using Adobe’s much (deservedly) maligned PageMill in 1998. Talk about a program that completely refused to do your bidding!

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