The World is My Audience
I struggled with getting my students to invest time and effort in creative writing. I tried hundreds of journal prompts and writing activities but nothing worked. Then, a simple idea had a profound impact on my classroom.
I realized that students are significantly more motivated when they know the content they create will reach a global audience. Rather than create a piece of homework for the teacher to mark and maybe sit on the fridge at home, they were authoring media-rich digital books for the world to see!
In this engaging and interactive session you will hear Jon’s story and learn about how publishing had a transformative effect on the engagement of his students and the quality of their work. You will also learn Book Creator’s features, discuss how it can create a student centered environment in your classroom and write/publish a collaborative book together.
Jon Smith is the Teacher Success Manager for Book Creator and an Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2015. Jon was a special education teacher for 12 years before spending the past 7 years as a Technology Integration Specialist for Alliance City Schools where his digital book projects have attracted attention for their global reach and practical approaches to integrating trans-literacy practices into the classroom.
Jon recently organized eight global digital book projects in which classrooms from around the world wrote and published digital books. He is married with 3 children. Jon is a scratch golfer. In his spare time, he teaches a graduate course on engaging technologies for The Communicate Institute. You can connect with Jon on Twitter at @theipodteacher