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Day 3: Interactive Writing, Digital Portfolios and eBooks


Every idea can improve with feedback. Students in every classroom need virtual spaces to share their ideas and the media products they create to "show what they know and can do." A variety of different websites and apps can be used to facilitate student interactive writing, with teachers moderating both posts and comments. Whether students have individual logins or the teacher serves as the "funnel and publisher" of digital content, interactive writing platforms can become "digital portfolios" of student work and provide a mechanism to share student work with a larger audience.


  1. Introductory Fun
  2. Interactive Writing: Commenting
  3. A little on Copyright
  4. Digital Portfolios
  5. Interactive Writing: Posting
  6. Multimedia eBooks

1- Introductory Fun

2- Interactive Writing: Commenting

Student Blog Post Examples

The Big WHY for Interactive Digital Writing & Connected Classrooms (45 min)

Oklahoma Educator Blogs to Comment On:

  1. A Principal's Life (by @rhondaschroeder)
  2. Shelly Fryer (by @sfryer)

Activity #1: Comment on 1 or both of the above educator blogs!

Read Linda Yollis' (@lindayollis) post from 2010, "How to Compose a Quality Comment!"


Activity #2: Comment on at least TWO student blog posts you find via the #Comments4Kids hashtag on Twitter.

Digital Assignment Turn-In

3 - A Little on Copyright

More on Copyright:

4 - Digital Portfolios


Why EduBlogs? - EduBlogs.org

5 - Interactive Writing: Posting

If you opt to use Blogger.com:
  1. Post TEXT, IMAGES and LINKS by email (our Blogger site: ipadmediacamp.blogspot.com)
  2. Use Easy Blogger - Easy Blogger Jr (for Blogger.com sites)
  3. PreK Blogs by Maryetta School teachers (Stilwell, OK)
  • use the access code: 55zcc6d


Activity #3: Post a short reflection (to our KidBlog site) about your experiences commenting on teacher and student blogs

Other Blogging Options:
  1. Class Blogmeister (Request from david.warlick at gmail dot com)
  2. Edublogs (uses Wordpress
  3. Easy Blog - Easy Blog Jr (for WordPress sites like EduBlogs)

6 - Multimedia eBooks

http://maps.playingwithmedia.com/ebook/Additional resources are available on the "eBooks" page of Mapping Media.

eBook Examples with Book Creator

Our Favorite Books (Spring 2013 - 3rd grade, Mrs. Moore's class, Quail Creek Elementary, OKCPS)

Creating Multimedia eBooks by @wfryer

Enhanced eBook / Book Creator eBook Exploration

  1. Our Batak House by Yogi Nainggolan (by @janeinjava - backstory: The Backpack Classroom Part 1)
  2. Faraway Friends (backstory - inspired by @janeinjava)
  3. Riding a Buffalo by @janeinjava
  4. Little Fish by @janeinjava
  5. Creating Authentic Stories for iPad: Publishing Student Authors on the iBooks Store by @janeinjava
  6. 30+ eBooks created by educator Jane Ross (@janeinjava)
  7. 5th Graders Create eBooks on Idioms (Sue Hooge, Yukon Public Schools, Oklahoma)
  8. Book Creator Poetry Books (via @dreamambition)
  9. http://www.pinterest.com/bookcreator/made-in-book-creator/ (a large collection of Book Creator-created books - not selected by us...)
  10. The Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child  (iBooks Author)
  11. Math Our Way (6th grade math curriculum by students)
  12. Peter and Amy Go on a Picnic 
  13. One Best Thing (collection of eBooks in iBooks Store)
  14. Our Choice ($5), Lauren, The Tickle-saurus Rex ($1)
  15. Snowflake Gets Lost (direct ePUB link)

Activity #4

Create an enhanced eBook with Book Creator for iPad which either:
  1. Includes some of the media files you created this week in iPad Media Camp
  2. Includes other media files you have on your iPad

eBook Creation Resources

  1. Workshop: Creating Multimedia eBooks (includes 1 hour video)


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