Literacy & Young
Joelle Alcaidinho & Melissa Techman
Who we are.
Independent Educational Technology Consultant
Twitter & Pinterest @joelle_writes
School Librarian @ Albemarle County Public Schools, VA.
Twitter & Pinterest: @mtechman
Students as Authors: Connected Learning
NWP, Online Study Space
Mimi Ito, DML Central Report
1st in series of reports on Connected Learning http://dmlhub.
Images: davidrumsey.com; Aerbook Paris guide: David W. Siu
How digital literacy fits with maker culture
● More opportunities for negotiation when
writing, mixing on the web
● Reinforce and align with open resources
● Building fluid understanding of context
● Permeability - creative design needs thinking
Writing & making
Opportunities for students to:
● Make thinking visible
● Make useful products
● Solve authentic issues
● See the value of writing
● Articulate narrative and design decisions
● Model and share prototyping
● Gain deeper understanding of habits of mind
Image via Instructables.com user sajusa99
Quick & simple tools
● Drag words or type (freestyle).
● Useful for very short summaries or character
description. Quick comprehension check.
Quick and simple tools
● Grades 2 and up.
● Use Safari or Chrome (WebKit)
● Choose Flickr images, add simple text, get URL.
● Low on features, can't edit after publishing, no
font changes or image re-sizing, etc.
● Perfect for a fast, short product.
Pages & iBooks Author
● Require a Mac running @ least 10.7.4
● Fairly WYSIWYG, some programming
knowledge may be required
● Following the template in Pages is a bit of a
must, very easy to diverge from = errors
● Pages makes free flowing ePubs which are
suitable for a variety of ePub readers
● iBooks Author creates fixed layout which is
suitable for iBooks on iPad only
4th graders: History of Books and Libraries
HTML5 + Newsstand or Solo Book App
● Supports, text, video, audio, & animation
● Need basic HTML & CSS knowledge
● Need an editor to write your pages like
TextMate, iWeb, Dreamweaver or Rapidweaver
● WYSIWYG Alternatives: Aerbook & 29th St
● Publishing to the App Store will require an
iTunes Connect & iOS Developer Account
eBook Publishing Services
Web-based cloud publishing, lots of features, can export as KF8, iBooks,
HTML5, as mobile app; one button build for iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook tablet apps.
● Content lives inside of the Newsstand app on
● Although they don't look like it, they're apps
● Requires Xcode + content (HTML or ePUB)
● Subscriptions & servers
● iOS Developer Account + iTunes Connect
● Baker eBook Framework 4.0 (open source)
● Newsstand Publishers like 29th St Publishing
● Credentializing learning - badges one example
● Hybridization of maker/writer spaces:
places for co-creation;
linking of physical and virtual arenas
● Home-grown MOOCs, #etmooc
● Buying & distributing books is challenging, one
reason why schools opt to make their own.
● Schools leverage MDM to distribute eBooks
made in house to their iOS devices.
Connecting virtual & real worlds
Mitch Resnick, in 1/29/13 TEDx "Let's teach kids to code"
Creativity with Digital Publishing
● Graphic novels
● DIY math textbooks
● Science logs
● Selling & sharing eBooks with the world
● Mixed media storytelling
● Enhances school community
● Student curators
Storytelling with data & beyond
● Students need access to examples and experts.
● Provide and require "think alouds".
● Lots of opportunities to edit, integrate.
Image http://style.org/tapestry/ NYT Science Writer Richard Corum
People to Follow
@wfryer Wes Fryer
@buffyjhamilton Buffy Hamilton
@langwitches Silvia Tolisano
@janeinjava Jane Ross
@storytellin outstanding Delicious bookmarks
@lizcastro Elizabeth Castro
@fuglefun Tricia Fuglestad
People to Follow
Linking a Dropbox folder to a site without a student login.
Tip from Tricia Fuglestad @fuglefun
National Writing Project
@poh Paul Oh
@hickstro Troy Hicks
@seecantrill Christina Cantrill
● Vicki Saumell's list of apps, sites http://goo.
Belshaw, Doug. "Why We Need a Learning Standard for Web Literacy | DMLcentral." DMLcentral. N.p., 18
Feb. 2013. Web. 26 Feb. 2013. <http://dmlcentral.net/blog/doug-belshaw/why-we-need-learning-
Eisner, Nadene, Nell Fleming, Nicole Kaffel, and Janet Vogel. "Research Supporting Digital Storytelling."
Digital Storytelling. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. <http://courseweb.
lis.illinois.edu/~jevogel2/lis506/research.html>. Digest of research on effects of digital storytelling on
reading comprehension as well as motivation.
Forthcoming: Hicks, Troy. Crafting Digital Writing. http://www.heinemann.com/products/E04696.aspx
Kajder, S.B. (2006). Bringing the Outside In: Visual Ways to Engage Reluctant Readers. Portland, ME:
Purcell, Kristin, and Lee Rainie. "Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project." How
Teens Do Research in the Digital World. Pew Research Center, 1 Nov. 2012. Web. 04 Mar. 2013.