Publish or Perish

As I work to put together a presentation for my colleagues on digital publishing, I can’t help but be struck by how emphatically all of the national standards demand that we give students the opportunity to publish:

ISTE International Standards for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standard 1:

Creativity and innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct  knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.


Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

And, even according to the National Catholic Education Association’s National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Primary and Secondary Catholic Education 7.4:

Curriculum and instruction for 21st century learning prepares students to become expert users of technology, able to create, publish, and critique digital products that reflect their understanding of the content and their technological skills.

What strikes me looking at these standards, is that they are content-area neutral: all teachers and all courses must provide students with the opportunity to allow students to publish.

And I can’t help but understand this emphasis on student publishing and creativity when I reflect on my own practice, moving students from content consumers to content creators.

So what strategies can work to help all teachers empower students to publish?  A few ideas I’ve employed are…

What tools and strategies have you used to help students publish for a real-world audience?  Clearly, it’s time to get publishing.



One Comment on “Publish or Perish

  1. I think “publish” in this context is used in more general term than traditional publishing of books or articles. For instance, I see students regular use of Blogs and/or YouTube Channels as a valid means of publishing for an authentic audience. These platforms provide a variety of multimedia opportunities and creativity where student can share ideas and have a voice in the world.

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