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:
Creativity and innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
Common Core ELA CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.6:
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
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…
- of course, Kathy Schrock is the infographic Guru
What tools and strategies have you used to help students publish for a real-world audience? Clearly, it’s time to get publishing.