Welcome to Bob Ford Folklore and Fun! Main PageStudents write, publish their own books csmonitor.comTalk about the power of a good idea. Chris Wilcox was teaching fifth grade in Provo, Utah, when it occurred to him: Online publishing could be just the thing to get his students excited about writing. "[Kids] want to see a finished product," Wilcox said. Why not let them publish their work? The impediment was the pricing. Most companies doing online publishing were charging too much for classroom use. So Wilcox took a year off from teaching and got his whole family (most of whom are educators) to help him create mightyauthors.com, an online print site that allows students to print their own books as either hardbooks or paperbacks. You can read the whole story in yesterday's Salt Lake Tribune. Already more than 200 Utah schools are using the site. One school used the site to make about 160 books for needy students in Peru. "They get so excited [about writing their own books]," one teacher said. "It's cool," he said. She's excited about the idea of owning a real book she wrote herself.
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