Lit2Go a Hit Among Educators
Extensive Collection of Literature at USF Available Free on iTunes U
By Kim Tucker
TAMPA, Fla. (March 29, 2010) – Students, parents and teachers alike can enjoy Alice in Wonderland, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Aesop's Fables, along with other literary classics, through the University of South Florida College of Education’s extensive audiobook collection, Lit2Go. Adventure tales, scary stories, nursery rhymes, and more are all available for free on iTunes U and can be downloaded to a Mac, PC, iPhone, or iPod. Browse the entire collection at: http://itunes.usf.edu.
A virtual treasure trove of free educational resources, Lit2Go was launched in April 2007. Since the release of its new design this past February, it has garnered over 3 million downloads.
Alexandra Towe, a fifth-grade teacher at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz, Fla. and a 2009 USF elementary education graduate who uses Lit2Go in her classroom says, “My students can't stop scrolling through the titles, asking me ‘Do they have books like this one?’ and ‘I like mystery. Can we find one like that?’ When you have a class like mine, [with] many exceptional student education (ESE) students that need special accommodations, Lit2Go is a wonderful resource.”
In addition to the Lit2Go collection of audiobooks on iTunes U, supplemental materials are available on the Florida Center for Instructional Technology Web site: http://fcit.usf.edu/.
An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each audiobook. Many also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material. Searches can be performed by title, author, keyword or reading level.
The USF College of Education is ranked 54th by U.S. News & World Report of graduate schools in the country, is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. The USF College of Education is the 4th largest public college of education in the nation. For more information about the USF College of Education, visit: www.coedu.usf.eduor Itunes.usf.edu.
The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.