Monday, November 14, 2011

"It's a Book, I Have to Print It"

I was reading a post by Dr. Schuester over at The View from My Windowless Office about students having to create poster board projects when they are living in a 1:1 laptop environment. She poses the question "How do we release teachers from feeling that they have to decorate their walls with student work to prove the students are learning?" She suggests that teachers use the technology that the students have so that they can share their projects electronically with peers, parents, and the community. It seems so obvious, right? Well...

Her post brought me back to a conversation I was having with a few teachers about the Book Creator App. It went something like this...I was explaining how simple the App was to use....how they could have students create picture, ABC, number, fiction, non-fiction, and how-to books with a few easy finger taps and swipes.  I proceeded with excitement to explain that the best part was when they shared their finished book, they had the option to open it in iBooks! Just imagine all your students publishing their books and seeing them on the iBook, book shelf...AND they could even email their books to their classmates! I thought wouldn't this be a way to give our students an authentic writing experience...A way for them to create, collaborate, and communicate with others? We started making progress and...THEN...the question was asked..."Can students print the books when they are done?" Why do they NEED to print, I asked? Because IT'S A BOOK and kids like having their books. All I heard was Charlie Brown's teacher saying....Wanh, wanh! I know, I know change is hard...

I guess this is why I need to head back to the "shallow end" for awhile...

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