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liberi.o: from Docs to pub

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My favorite third party solutions for e-publishing include Issuu, FlipSnack, and ePubBud for kiddos. But, if you or your students do any serious writing using Google Docs, you’ve probably longed for an instant strategy for sharing your text masterpieces as ebooks. Liber.io, just out of private beta, may be a serious answer.  The program allows [...]

Google Docs adds add-ons

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Take a close look at the Google Doc or Sheet you likely have open right now and you’ll see something new on a tab about the WYSIWYG tools. Last week Google launched add-ons–easily accessible tools created by Google’s developer partners that offer on-the-fly features for your documents and spreadsheets. When you click on the  add-ons [...]

Kaizena: improving voice feedback for student writing

Back in May I was excited to discover Voice Comments–a great tool for personally adding voice feedback to student writing or collaborative work. Recently, the app relaunched with a new interface and a bunch of impressive new features, as Kaizena.  (In Japan, Kaizen refers to a philosophy of continuous improvement.) If Google Docs is a way of life at [...]

Crowdsourcing Fifty (or so) ways to leave your paper:

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Every couple of years I attach a list of alternate project ideas to my September faculty newsletter.  As I began to update those ideas this time around, it occurred to me that it would be a much better list if we built it together. So here’s the document I have so far.  I invite you [...]

I could get hooked on Vook

Time to celebrate even more ways to remix and mashup the wonderful experience of reading! I have a feeling that the Vook and the TextVook are going to be popular reading options for many of our young readers and learners. A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video [...]

On watching our kids walk the red carpet

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They rolled out the red carpet again at the Keswick, our beautiful local arts theater. Earlier this week I attended the 2011 Greenfield Youth Film Festival.  With twice the number of Philadelphia-area high schools participating as last year, it is clear that something big was going on at the Keswick.  I wish it could happen [...]

On writing prompts (video and otherwise)

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If your language arts (media/social studies/science/health) colleagues are growing tired of their usual bag of writing prompt tricks, share these ideas with them. TeachHUB offers a wide variety of provocative prompts that are designed to inspire critical thinking and either written or verbal response. Among the goodies on the pages of prompts, with differentiated questions [...]

Wikispaces goes to college, gets even better, and stays FREE!

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At our state edtech conference last week (PETE&C), our favorite wiki guys, Adam Frey and James Byers, hinted about some exciting upcoming news. They followed up this evening with this email sharing that they are extending their most generous free wikis for education policy to our colleagues at the university. Adam writes: Starting this month, [...]

PaperRater rates my paper

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I must admit I was suspicious of this one–I’ve always been suspicious of nonhuman writing assessments—but I now think PaperRater is a cool tool for students (and adults) interested in getting some feedback on their written work before they submit it for grading or publication. The free tool requires no registration and offers real-time, 24/7 [...]

On Digital Book Publishing (chapter 1)

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Over the past few years, our students have been granted new opportunities to tell and share their own stories.  Students who write and publish, hone their communication skills and contribute their emerging creative voices to our world.  We can nurture young writers by providing them the tools they need to create. Among the various subsets [...]