What’s a project that combines technology skills, creativity, writing and a sense of accomplishment? Look no further than eBooks.
From webinars to iTunesU courses, and from word-of-mouth to Twitter devotion, everyone in education is talking eBooks. And though eBooks are suitable for a wide range of uses, some of the most innovative teachers are using eBooks as classroom projects, allowing students to gain the Common Core skills they need while letting their creativity to shine.
During a recent webinar, “Students as eBook Creators,” hosted by edweb.net, Carl Harvey, school librarian at North Elementary School in Noblesville, Ind., and former president of the American Association of School Libraries (AASL), discussed how classrooms across the country are using eBook publishing tools to help craft student projects that use Common Core requirements. [Join the eBooks community at http://www.edweb.net/e-books]
The Common Core, said Harvey, asks students to not only better present their critical thinking skills using online tools, but requires them to know many digital literacy skills, and one project that incorporates all of these characteristics is creating an eBook.
(Next page: Critical considerations for student eBook projects)