Category Archives: eStore Features

Google Preview is BACK!

Some of you might remember that a few months ago we did some clean up and updating to our eStore.  This unfortunately revealed more ‘dust bunnies” than we realized were there.

Recently we discovered that our Google Preview option, which several of our publishers have made available for their products were not working.  So our staff diligently worked this past week to bring those back.  I am excited to share that this feature is back and ready for you!

All you need to do is locate the product you that you believe will meet your needs. Click on the title or cover image to go directly to the product page.

If the publisher has provided this service, you will find a button just below the cover image on the left side of the page.

Click on the button you find there and a secondary window will pop up. (see below)

We would like nothing better to have every product within our store have this valuable feature, as we know you will find it very valuable!

Get rewarded for telling your story

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We would love to share the stories of Dedicated Teachers and how they are engaging our most valuable resource, the amazing students in every classroom, in wonderful learning opportunities. Do you have a story you would like to share? Have your students done something great that others need to know about? If so, we would like to give you the opportunity to submit these stories to be included here on our blog and be shared with the world. We would like to reward any story or article accepted and posted with a $20 coupon towards any product at DedicatedTeacher.com.

While we would love to hear how you may be using ebooks in your classroom, or technology as a teaching tool, we welcome stories that don’t contain either element. We want to hear about teaching success, student projects, funny stories and classroom strategies that would help other educators impact student learning.

We can’t wait to hear your stories. Please contact us at yourstory@dedicatedteacher.com for more information or to submit your story.

*We reserve the right to decline any article is not in keeping with our eStore. ALL articles (& any outgoing links provided within) are subject to approval.  We are an educational service company and will not approve articles that are malicious, political or unsuitable for children.  We reserve the right to remove any articles (&/or links provided within), if the destination of the link is changed after submission or reported as offensive.  

What in the heck is an ‘Enhanced eBook’ anyway?

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So you’ve come to DedicatedTeacher.com to find that resource that will help you with your upcoming lesson. You’ve found the perfect eBook and you are ready to click the button, ‘Add to Cart’. Then you notice.. there are two choices. A ‘Regular eBook’ and a ‘Enhanced eBook’. You may ask yourself, what is a ‘Enhanced eBook’? Why is it $5 more?

In this post we will go over the basics of what is a ‘Enhanced eBook’ and how it can really enhance your freedom in teaching your students?  So let’s dive in.

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What are Enhanced eBooks?
Enhanced eBooks are unlocked PDFs, which allow users to copy and paste text and certain images.  You can then paste these elements into other applications, such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Apple® Pages or Keynote, whiteboard software and much more.  You can then fine tune the learning experience to fit your teaching style and/or your student’s needs.

Some publishers (ie: Evan-Moor, Creative Teaching Press & Teacher Created Resources) also enable the use of the Typewriter Tool* in Adobe Reader in their Enhanced eBooks. *the Typewriter Tool allow you to edit and add new text right inside Adobe.

So give me an example, how can I use an Enhanced copy to in my classroom?
The possibilities are nearly endless.  So as stated above, you have two educational resources for building your students Math skills.  You really like lesson 5 from one resource but also lesson 3 in the other.  You feel they go together well.  So with an Enhanced eBook, you can copy out lesson 5 from the first resource and lesson 3 from the second, paste it into your favorite word processor and you’ve got a customized lesson for that day.

Enhanced eBooks also make it easier to create presentation for your whiteboard or digital overhead.  Allowing you to only show the elements that you want your students to see.

These are just two examples.. hopefully you are thinking of even more uses!

Can I copy all of the content from an enhanced eBook, including images and formatting?
Due to the nature of PDF files, not all images can be copied easily.  Also, please keep in mind that text formatting will also be lost. Users can customize the text formatting by copying and pasting the text into a word processor or application that allows text editing, and then adding the desired formatting.

Is every eBook available in both regular and enhanced versions?
While not all of our publishers sell enhanced eBooks, you can find enhanced materials from many of our top publishers. Please note that some titles may not be available as enhanced eBooks, specifically if they contain mostly graphics, which cannot be copied, or have many scanned pages that interfere with selecting text.

Do I need special software to view and use enhanced eBooks?
Yes – you need the latest version of Adobe Reader which can be downloaded for free.

Now I have Adobe Reader and an Enhanced eBook – what next?
Using Acrobat Reader, just copy and paste the sections of the enhanced eBook you need into a word processor like Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, then add your own questions, pictures, or examples for truly custom lessons. You can also use text from enhanced eBooks to build lessons for your Interactive Whiteboard, or take advantage of programs that can translate the content of PDF’s into other languages.

Are there any advantages to using a paid version of Adobe Acrobat?
There are always advantages to purchasing the full, more complete version of any application, however it’s a not a requirement in this case.  With our enhanced ebooks, by purchasing Adobe Acrobat, you can also rotate and extract pages and copy certain images or objects.  *Some of these features can also be achieved by copying and pasting the elements you wish to manipulate into other applications such as some word processors and or other creative applications.

Can I use other PDF reader applications with the enhanced eBooks?
Yes, absolutely.  However, what you can do and not do will largely depend on the tools available in the application.

Do enhanced eBooks have copyrights?
Yes! Enhanced eBooks are subject to the same copyright laws as regular eBooks.

I purchased the Regular eBook and now I think the Enhanced might work better for me. Do I have to repurchase the Enhanced copy or is there an option to upgrade?
It will depend on when you purchased the Regular eBook, but under most circumstances if you would like to upgrade from a regular eBook to the same, Enhanced product, please contact our Customer Service Department. We can then help you upgrade to the Enhanced version for the price difference.

Enhanced eBooks are provided by some publishers to give Educators more tools to fine tune the learning experience in their classroom.  If you have any other questions that we’ve not covered in this post, you can contact our Customer Service Department.

Try out an Enhanced eBook today… 

Using Apple Devices with DedicatedTeacher.com

Technology has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. Much of that innovation has come with the introduction of the smart phone, bringing functionality literally to the palm of your hand. While the smartphone can be a useful tool for teachers, tablet’s have had a much greater impact in the classroom.

More and more appreciate the convenience and versatility of the digital resources, it can be a challenge keeping up with this ever changing technology.

Here are DedicatedTeacher.com, we are dedicated to assist you through this process. On our blog this week, we focus on Apple Devices. How to access our store, download and open our high quality educational resources. Helping you get the most from your device!

We are often asked, ‘Can I use my mobile device at your eStore?” The answer is YES, Absolutely!  

DDT-iPad-2Our eStore is always open for business! Our quality educational materials are always available whether you are sitting on the couch in your own home or on the go. You can still visit our site and purchase products from any mobile device, including Apple’s iPhone or iPad!

So with that down, let’s go over how to work with our resources on your Apple Device.

How do I view samples and download books with an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
There are several applications for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch available in the App Store. We have heard positive feedback about Good.iWare’s GoodReader or Adobe Reader but there are several dozen programs available. Our instructions only cover the use of iBooks, a free download from the Apple App Store.

How do I purchase and download products on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
To purchase and download products, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Apple App store and download the free version of iBooks®.Unknown
  2. Using Safari (the standard browser in the iPad and iPhone OS), visit our eStore, log in and add items to your cart, and complete your purchase as you normally would.
  3. After completing your purchase, you will be directed to your smart receipt. Click on “Download Item Now” to view the item in Safari. You are now able to view the book through your browser.

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How do I open products on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
Today we will cover instructions for the latest operating system, which is iOS8. (They instructions will also work for iOS7 devices) and will use the free app iBooks®

To download and view products for future use:

1. Once you’ve clicked the “Download Item Now”, Safari will automatically open.

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2. Tap on the pdf document to display another menu bar below the top toolbar (menu bar will disappear after a few seconds, just tap again and it will return)

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3. Tap “Open in iBooks” (or item 5)

4. Your document will now open in iBooks, giving you full access to the document. (*see ‘Extra tip” below for some tips for viewing your ebook inside iBooks)

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5. Or: you can tap on “Open in…” and select the iBooks app by tapping on it.  (you may need to scroll through the visible apps)

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Or to open in another app of your choice:
1. Select ” Open in…” and select the app of your choice.  (again, you may need to scroll through the visible apps to find the one you want)

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Extra tip:  How to work with your eBook purchase inside iBooks®

1. Tap on the eBook cover as shown on the bookshelf in iBooks®
2. Your eBook will open

Swipe: Use the “swipe” motion to manually maneuver through pages
Pinch & Zoom: use pinch & zoom motion to zoom in and out of the page to get a closer look.

iBooks Features:

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  1. Library: will take you back to your bookshelf
  2. Chapter icon: If you purchased a pdf, this will open showing you all the pages.  If you purchased a ePub, it will give you the table of contents.
  3. Share icon: will give you the option to print your eBook.  (see below for more information)
  4. Brightness: allows you to change the brightness of the screen
  5. Hourglass/search: allows you to search for text through the document.
  6. Bookmark: allows you to bookmark a page
  7. Page Guide: this allows you to tap to jump to different pages inside your eBook.

Should I back up my purchases if I download them primarily to my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?

Yes, we HIGHLY recommend that you save a copy of your purchase for back up purposes whether you download them on your Apple Device or computer.  If you download and use your purchase primarily on your Apple Device, you can save a copy in several different ways, but here are a few suggestions.

  1. Save a copy on your computer.  You can either download it from the eStore directly to your computer or transfer the file from your Apple Device to your computer (information below)
  2. Save a copy to online file storage/transfer services, such as DropBox or Google Drive.

How do I transfer eBooks from my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to my computer?
If you have completed your purchase on your Apple mobile device and would like to transfer it to your computer, we have a couple of suggestions.

  1. Use the “Open in…” option inside Safari (see above instructions) to select apps such as Dropbox or Google Drive.  Both these apps can be used to store your purchase and then transfer them to your computer.
  2. Some apps, such as GoodReader and Adobe Reader offer options for transferring your files.  See your app help menu for detailed instructions.

There are additional ways to complete this process, as stated these are just a few.

How do I transfer my collection of eBooks from my computer to my iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch?
Placing eBooks onto your Apple Device from your computer allows you to have your eBooks with you for easy reference, wherever you are. To transfer your purchases over to your mobile device, we have a few suggestions.

  1. You can email it to yourself. (be sure to use an email address that you access on your Apple Device)
    1. In the email, tap on the file and it will open.
    2. Tap on the “Share icon” in the upper right corner.
    3. There you will be able to open the file in iBooks or any other app you would like.
  2. You can use online file storage/transfer services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.
  3. If you are a Mac user and you have a computer and Apple Device enabled with AirDrop, you can also use this service.

There are additional ways to complete this process, as stated these are just a few.

Do Enhanced eBooks also work on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
Yes! Enhanced eBooks from our store are also PDFs, so just follow the same instructions to transfer them to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. There are a variety of apps on the market that may or may not take full advantage of the Enhanced ebook features.

Will ePub files work on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
Yes! In fact, ePub files generally allow for optimized viewing on your Apple mobile device. Some of our ePub files also contain a “Read Aloud” function – to activate this on your Apple mobile device, simply open your ePub file, click on the speaker icon in the top right hand corner, and select the “Start Reading” button. *You can use the same instructions that we give for pdf’s to open ePub files on your Apple Device.

Can I print my eBooks from my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
With the latest version of Apple iOS (for the iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch), you are able to print from your Apple mobile device to a select number of local printers through AirPrint. The list of AirPrint compatible printers is changing regularly; to see if your printer is AirPrint compatible, please visit “AirPrint Basics” located in the Support section of Apple’s website.

These are the most common questions that we’ve been asked by iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users.  If you have additional questions that we do not cover in this blog post or you would like instructions on how to use other mobile devices please see our FAQs page. You can also contact our customer service department and they will be happy to assist you in whatever way that they can.

Be sure to check back often as we will be offering more tips, sharing updates as the iOS for Apple Device changes and grows and covering other mobile devices.