Publishing Guides & Tools
Richard Byrne has compiled this free eBook as an inspiration and guide to teachers. Ten teachers talk about their and their students experiences, everything from Keeping History Alive and The Haiku Project to Animal Poems and Digital Storytelling with Wordless Books. Includes sections on free tools and copyright / fair use issues.
Nicole Kaffel has assembled an easy to follow step-by-step guide that will guide your students through the digital storytelling process. You may use different software, but the steps are universal.
- Define, Collect, Decide
- Select, Import, Create
- Decide, Write, Record, Finalize
- Demonstrate, Evaluate, Replicate
Ted Nellen talks about using the web for high school student-writers, and includes links to the syllabus he uses. His philosophy is "we learn by doing".
Ted's classes "include all of the elements of any other junior level English class, except they work exclusively on the Internet." This high school junior year English course is titled Cyber English.
The Planet site simulates a young author's workshop from the idea stage thru editing and revision. Of particular value is the list of online 'zines and other forms of publications to which students can contribute online.
The Teachers and Writers Collaborative predates the era of Web publishing. Based in NYC, it sponsors in-residence workshops. While not necessarily pertinent to the virtual world, the Collaborative has recently prepared materials for teaching writing to both special education and bilingual students. Since such resources are scarce, this link can help you reach these students.
For showing flowcharts, graphs and other visual representations use Gliffy. They have both free and paid versions.
Nothing is more frustrating than seeing the perfect font for an article or headline, and then not being able to identify it.
This site uses a series of questions to help you identify the font. You can use it to match some example text or search for that perfect font.
WhatTheFont is another site to help you identify a font name. Try both this site and Identifont.
Nothing is worse than finding that perfect font, then finding out that it can be licensed for Internet use or the costs are prohibitive.
Google has indexed over 800 open source and public domain fonts that can be used for both print and web sites at no cost. Use the Categories area to narrow down your font choices. Or do a Google search: Google Font like [name of font]
Kathy Schrock has assembled an extensive list of additional resources if you want to delve into this topic further.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Places For Publishing Your Work
• Biology Studies Groups
• Music & Stories in the Classroom
• Student Literature Sites (sampler)
• Handheld Devices: Smartphones and Tablets
• Teaching Writing on the Web