Breakout Session

iCreate.  iPublish.  iBooks.

Track: Managing Mobility

Friday, November 30th, 9:20am – 10:15am

In this workshop, participants will discuss the use of ePublishing, the digital publication of eBooks and MultiTouch books, as a learning tool in the K-12 curriculum. As one pedagogical strategy for reaching the peak of Bloom’s Taxonomy –creativity–participants will discuss how the iBooks Author App on the MacBook and the Creative Book Builder App on the iPad may be used by students to create and publish eBooks of their own work. Samples of teacher- and student-produced MutliTouch Books mathematics, English, science and world languages will be presented and reviewed.

 

Eric Walters &
Director of Science and Technology
Marymount School

Bio / Expertise:
I am an experienced Science and Technology Educator and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, a Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from SUNY/Albany and a Professional Certificate in Online Education from UCSD.  A participant in the 2011 Apple Academy, I have been instrumental in developing Marymount’s mobile learning initiative as well as Marymount’s internationally recognized STEM program. An early adopter of mobile learning and ePublishing, either I or my students are writing and publishing our own material, I have presented workshops in science and technology education at regional, national and international conferences.

 

Katie Krueger
Marymount School

Bio / Expertise:
I am is an experienced Biology and Technology Educator and I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Full Sail University. A 2011 Apple Distinguished Educator, I was responsible for developing content on mobile learning for iTunesU.  An early adopter of mobile learning and ePublishing, either I or my students are writing and publishing our own material. Katie has presented numerous workshops in science and educational technology across the New York area.

 

Presentation Content:
The iPad provides, perhaps, an unnoticed paradigm shift in education:  the ability of teachers to write and publish their own multimedia textbooks.  As educators, we often pull content from a variety of sources, including primary sources and YouTube.  However, their use as learning tools in the classroom was disconnected. The iBooks Author App allow teachers to curate and aggregate content in one place, for direct distribution to students on the iPad as an ePub or MultiTouch Book.

In late 2010, Marymount began experimenting with ePublishing when we created a student-produced reflective journal on the Big Bambu at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for students in Class X Studio Art.  ePublishing was soon used as a learning tool in other curricular areas, including Lower School Science, Class VI English, AP Biology, Advanced Physics, World Languages and English.  We even sent iPads, outfitted with teacher-published tour guides, for our summer study tour to England and Scotland.

In our session, we will discuss the use of ePublishing, the digital publication of eBooks and MultiTouch books, as a learning tool in the K-12 curriculum.  We will also discuss strategies for dealing with an unchartered territory in technology, including copyright concerns; the integration of audio, video, 3D images and HTML coding; access to iPads in a non 1:1 setting; and access to MultiTouch Books without an iPad. We will also discuss how ePublishing is being done by teachers – and students – in two senior courses: Atmospheric Science and Molecular Biology, as well as strategies for project development, workflow and assessment.  Indicators of success, both quantifiable and anecdotal, will also be reviewed.  Video reflections from teachers and students involved in the project will also be shared.

ePublishing allows for educators to write their own multimedia-based textbooks.  As our students and our society become more mobile, educators need strategies and mechanisms to make content available to their students “anytime, anywhere.”  Our ePublishing initiative has allowed us to do this and to engage our students as mobile learners.

 

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