PREFACE Once upon a time in a land of traditional learning, there was a facilitator whowanted her students to have real-world experiences that gave them reasons to writeand a passion for doing so. Now, this facilitator remembered the dark days whenoutstanding writers submitted their works to great publishing kingdoms on high,only to be rejected time and again. Then one day, she discovered a treasure map onwhich was written the cryptic letters “NTN” and “PBL”. Notes scrawled on thismap hinted at the existence of a fabled frontier where citizens took control of theirideas, and where their words had credibility and impact.The facilitator gazed at the map and resolved, “I will travel to this land withlearners through the fog of old paradigms and outdated philosophies. Surely then,all will be made right again, and education will be authentic. ”And so the quest began . . .
INTRODUCTION No longer is publishing difficult. The Internet offers an outlet forpeople who want to express their opinions, impart knowledge, ordemonstrate their creativity. Instructors should leverage this fact when designing projects.When learners have the opportunity to publish, it follows that theirproducts tend to be of higher quality. Currently, there are publishingvenues for almost everything, many which are free or low cost.How To Use This Book Publish is an interactive resource. As such, each page links to thewebsite for the company it depicts, featuring learner samples of New TechHigh @ Coppell creations. Simply click on the page to view theseexamples, as well as to find sign-up information and upload instructions. To provide the most authentic experience, the student publicationprocess should culminate with presentations such as gallery walks, booksignings, and author talks.
For all my learners, past, present, and future. Thank you for adding meaning to my life.