Snap1A: We Published Books on Amazon.com (and So Can You!)
Location: W185d, Table 1
Listen and learn : Snapshot
Wednesday, June 27, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: W185d, Table 1
Claudia Felske Jay Rehak
Your students can become published authors whose books are available on Amazon.com! Learn how to publish student books at no cost to you. Discover how two teachers published collaborative novels with their students and how their process can be replicated by any grade level and any content area.
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Subject area:||Language arts, Social studies|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
This session aims to expand educators’ vision of what is possible in their classrooms by introducing them to the process of writing and publishing collaborative books with their students. The process itself, recently possible by leveraging several tech-enhanced learning tools (Google Docs, Google Sheets, Create Space), engenders deep levels of collaboration, creativity, and creation; the authentic integration of all language arts strands; and a deeply gratifying experience for the published student authors. Rehak and Felske, session facilitators, have published 13 collaborative books with their classes.
- Presenter and topic introduction.
- Brief discussion of 21st century literacies.
- Overview of the process of making class-sourced books.
- How to frame a class-sourced book.
- Collaborative roles for students.
- Connectedness: choosing content/theme relatable to all students.
- Student ownership of the process.
- Process over product: strive for a rich learning experience, not for perfection.
- The tech behind the books (using Google Docs, Sheets and Create Space).
- Additional literacies: book promotion, book reading event, community book club.
- The authors speak: student testimonials about the process.
- The possibilities are endless: replicating this process across the curriculum.
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Peterson, Art. “Students Write Novels—in 30 Days.” National Writing Project, 12 May 2011, www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/3565.
Rehak, Jay C. How to Write a Class-Sourced Novel. CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2016.
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