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Transforming Students from Writers to Authors: ''Stories of Our Grandparents.'' Help your students document history by sharing “Stories of Our Grandparents.” Using online resources lulu.com and voicethread.com, help your students collaborate with their parents, classmates and local businesses and Historical Societies to capture tales of days gone by, and present them to the world in a combination of book form, images and sounds. NCTIES 2009 Raleigh, NC Thursday, 2:00 PM Room 302A
Presented by: Special Thanks: Jim Moulton - http://jimmoulton.org/ . It was through his discussion on Lulu.com that this idea started to solidify. Bethany V. Smith - http://transparentlearning.blogspot.com/ . She helped us craft the perfect title. Keith Ledford Technology Facilitator West McDowell Jr. High Marion, NC Eric Cole Technology Facilitator East McDowell Jr. High Marion, NC
Create your Lulu.com account and upload your book.
Explore other Self Publishing sites
Determine if you will try to make a profit or break even
“ When you ‘publish your book’ you will be asked how much you want to make on the sale of each copy - if you say "$0.00" then the download copy, in PDF form, will be free, and the hard copy will be sold at cost.” - Jim Moulton - http:// jimmoulton.org / .
“ You can choose to make $1 or $2 on the hard copy, and offer the PDF for free. If you do make some money on it, you'll need to supply tax information before you can "get the profits." In other words, you'll need to give them a W9 type document.” - Jim Moulton - http:// jimmoulton.org / .
Transforming Writers into Authors The Plan: Students gather generational stories from grandparents, parents, or relatives and capture them as writers. Along the way, they learn the value of capturing a piece of history. The final product will be more than a self published book; it will be an experience in collaborating with the community, and a lesson in interviewing, storytelling, art, podcasting and marketing. Bring in the local Historical Society to help in story selection and provide stories. Set up recording stations for parents and grandparents to come in and record their stories. Have art classes provide the illustrations. Have business classes discuss the marketing and promotion of the book. Once your community has decided what is to be published. You have the task of getting the rest of the work out for people to see. This is where podcasting, voicethread, moviemaker, imovie and audacity come in to play. These tools can be used to tell the unpublished stories digitally.
Links and Resources Lulu.com Selfpublishing.com A Directory of self publishing companies Copyright your work basics: http://lulublog.com/2009/01/09/copyrighting-your-work-101/ Links for tools: Voicethread Audacity PhotoBucket Flickr Digital Story telling links Jamstudio