How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple By Dolores Gende Apple’s iBooks2 and authoring app has created big waves in education circles. But smart educators don’t necessarily need Apple’s slick devices and software to create their own books. As the open education movement continues to grow and become an even more rich trove of resources, teachers can use the content to make their own interactive textbooks. Here’s how to create a digital textbook and strategies for involving the students in its development in three steps. 1. Teachers can work with colleagues within their subject area departments and beyond the walls of the classroom to aggregate resources through social bookmarking. Also try Paper.li or The Twitted Times, which will sift through your connections’ resources and organize them. 2. One of the most user-friendly tools to post resources for your course is LiveBinders. You can find many more useful tools for curation. 3. Google Sites also allows you to create and share Web pages, and has lots of customizable features.
The Conversation: In-depth analysis, research, news and ideas from leading academics and researchers. How to Write a Screenplay 7th Graders Publish Their Own Textbook Mac Life wrote an article titled Super 7th Graders Publish Their Own eBook to the iBookstore. It explains the project in more detail. "Each student has to choose an organisms they wanted to study and were required to submit their topic for approval. Afterward, students had to write informative – but entertaining! – articles about their organism." Andrea collected work from 69 students and entered it into iBooks Author. iBooks Author is free but only works on Macs running 10.7 Lion or higher. iBooks Author is a fantastically powerful tool. There are some disadvantages to using iBooks author for crafting your own learning materials. Check out what Andrea and her students say about writing their book. I think the comment by CNEBBY in the Customer Reviews of Creatures, Plants and More sums up the project well: "This is an awesome example of what kids can do when they are properly motivated by a skilled teacher."
Why Ask Questions? • GovLoop The average four-year-old girl asks 390 questions per day, mostly to her mother. Yep, you read that right. Three hundred ninety. Sorry, Mom. Warren Berger, our keynote speaker at GovLoop’s State and Local Innovators Virtual Summit and author of A More Beautiful Question, said this number isn’t all that surprising. Unfortunately, by the time a person leaves high school, the number of questions she asks per day will have drastically decreased. Why? There are a lot of reasons we stop asking questions. More often, you are rewarded for having answers–knowing how to solve a problem, rather than asking what the problem is or how it arose. So what? The problem is that questions help us move forward and spur innovation. As people stop asking questions, innovation suffers. Berger asserted that questioning is now an essential survival skill. But, what’s this got to do with my job? Silicon Valley startups—where Berger says he sees many of these top questioners and innovators—encourage questioning.
How to Write Movie Scripts (with Examples) Steps Getting Started <img alt="Image titled Write Movie Scripts Step 1" src=" width="728" height="485" class="whcdn">1Understand what a script is. The script, or screenplay, outlines all of the elements (audio, visual, behavior, and dialogue) that are required to tell a story through movies or TV. <img alt="Image titled Write Movie Scripts Step 3" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn">3Flesh out your concept. Writing the Script <img alt="Image titled Write Movie Scripts Step 4" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn">1Outline your story. Formatting the Script Community Q&A Unanswered Questions Ask a Question Tips
My new unplugged coursebook series: Windows Windows is a coursebook concept drawing on potentially ambiguous pictures as a starting point for unplugged language teaching. Well, as you might expect from any quality coursebook production, my new series Windows was a long time in the making... a whole morning in fact. The first "level (?)" (titled "Some Won") has been completed and is available below for you to download and use in your classes - if you are interested, that is. Here is a quick preview of some of the content in the book: But before I refer you to the downloads, an important correction to what I've already typed is in order... It's only "my" series insofar as I've given it a name (and a "level (?)" Even better, distribute the Word file to your learners and have them pick, choose, edit and adapt as they please (this would be the most genuine approach to making it a truly unplugged coursebook!). You won't see any unit or page numbers in the book. Oh, and I'm also already working on the second and third "levels (?)"
Catherine Smithson | Being Human Catherine Smithson is a leading facilitator, educator and consultant in change and leadership. She combines hands-on experience as a senior manager and a consultant with an in-depth understanding of international best practices and benchmarking research. Catherine has a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management in the University of NSW. She also has a Master of Arts, a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education. Her career highlights include senior management roles in corporate communications, with 3M Australia and Burson-Marsteller. Catherine established Being Human Pty Ltd in 1993 and since then has worked successfully with a wide range of public and private sector organisations. Catherine’s style is down-to-earth, engaging and focussed on results. She has presented Leadership Programs for major business schools including the Australian Graduate School of Management and the University of Technology, Sydney.
Playwriting 101: How to Write a Play BoomWriter | Read, Write, Compete... And Get Published! Is SAP Jam Where Enterprise Social Is Headed? Posted February 7, 2014 By Ann AllFeedback The goal for SAP Jam enterprise social networking software is not just to boost collaboration but to make it easier for business people to find the right people, data and processes to do their jobs. Enterprise collaboration has been on many business wish lists for a long time. But it is proving to be an unusually tough nut to crack. Gartner last year predicted that half of large companies would use internal social networks by 2016 and that 30 percent of them would be considered as essential as email is today. Gartner faults inadequate leadership and an overemphasis on technology for enterprise collaboration's initially disappointing performance. An Altimeter Group study found, for example, that social data is still mostly isolated from key enterprise applications, and a woman that once led an internal collaboration effort at Intel said that a lack of integration stymied her efforts. Revamping Jam Work Patterns Added Integration