This podcast is taken from my chapter in our book Teaching the New Writing: Teaching, Change and Assessment in the 21st Century Classroom. This section deals with an interesting element that I noticed when younger students arrived to listen/read the digital books, and it demonstrates some of the flexibility that writers with digital tools might have when the audience is part of the conversation.
I teach sixth grade in Southampton, Massachusetts at the William E. Norris Elementary School, where my students use technology for publishing and creation throughout the year (http://epencil.edublogs.org/). I am also the co-director of technology with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project (http://www.umass.edu/wmwp/) and a co-editor of the book collection Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change and Assessment in the 21st Century Classroom ( http://store.tcpress.com/ 0807749648.shtml) that examines the role of technology in the writing classroom in the age of standardized testing and assessment. I also dabble in the world of classroom-based humor through my Boolean Squared webcomic (www.booleansquared.com) and other assorted places. I also spent a fair amount of time on Twitter (https://twitter.com/dogtrax)
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Here, we turned my student's book into a video, complete with student narration.
This resource (download it as a pdf below) is from a presentation about Digital Science Picture Books that I gave to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and at the Digital Is... Convening in 2009.
The connection between image and words can be a powerful experience for a reader, and for a writer. Since my first year of teaching sixth graders, I have worked to bring in picture books as examples of texts, as sources for writing prompts, and as examples of rich storytelling. From that first year, I also worked to have my students create their own original picture book stories.