What is Electronic Publishing?


Already firmly established in the consumer sector, electronic publishing is redefining the boundaries between print and digital, still image and video, passive and interactive. Modern digital workflows support almost any form in which content might appear, from traditional print to digital, web, video, and even interactive content. Building in the full spectrum of potential publishing avenues — print, web, video, mobiles and tablets, and interactives — from the beginning is not only a way to streamline production overall, but also to increase the reach of the materials produced by leveraging the content over a wide range of media. If the first revolution in electronic publishing was making publishing platforms accessible to anyone, the next phase is the linking of these platforms together to produce new combinations and new types of content. New concepts like the Online Scholarly Catalog Initiative (OSCI) and Responsive Design will allow that content to be easily archived as well as ported to any device.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • - liz.cho liz.cho Oct 31, 2015With electronic publishing, the students have the ability to connect with the world and know that there is a genuine audience out there for them. Learning will change when this is the case: the fact that the work that they produce is not only examined by a single teacher (or at most, 20-30 peers) changes the way they construct their work. The voice, tone, occasion through which they will achieve their purpose all become real, applicable. Someone will want to hear about their heartbreak; someone will want to hear about their TCKness; someone will want to hear about their struggle with depression, academic pressures, bullying. Of course, the celebrations, too: their love story, their achievements, their 'art' of life. Speaking of art on the literal sense, within Shekou International School (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23sisrocks&src=typd), the art students with Brittany McCrea (https://instagram.com/mccreastudentart) 'publish' their art work within the social networks and gain a lot of traffic and attention from outsiders, even specific artists they're studying and businesses that see the potential within the students' creations for greeting cards and cell phone cases (@mcreastudentart). That is pretty incredible. Like the efforts of OSCI, the students could create art catalogues through online publications, making their work accessible and public with the benefits of what I listed above about writing publications. For teachers, especially in the international context - particularly in Asia for us - we can be more cognizant of how we address language issues for our students, ensuring we empower them to appear at their best to their intended audience.
  • - kurt.wittig kurt.wittig Nov 6, 2015 Students are self publishing/posting work to Wattpad https://www.wattpad.com/ and often times teachers are unaware of their students' writing lives and that they are publishing fan fiction.
  • Teachers and schools are now publishing their own customized content. At Chinese International School, we were challenged to find relevant, high-interest, age-appropriate content for our tailor made curriculum, particularly in Chinese. Our teachers have been publishing their own content via apps like Book Creator and iBooks Author and circulating within our community via iTunesU for a few years now. - janice.dwyer janice.dwyer Nov 7, 2015- anita.chen anita.chen Nov 10, 2015
  • Students as young as 4 are publishing their learning experiences using Seesaw - http://web.seesaw.me/ . A great way for students to document and publish their learning for a real meaningful audience. - nathan.pither nathan.pither Nov 8, 2015
  • That students are publishing, is in itself the important issue here and maybe not so much what they use to do it. It is the meaningful audience. If students got really connected to other classes and students in other countries and cultures, a real dialog and authentic sharing and learning would emerge. - mortensenj2 mortensenj2 Nov 9, 2015
  • In my current school, all students (Gr.1-6) and teachers have an online blog. Younger students use Easy Blog Jr on personal iPads and older students use Word Press on personal laptops. The purpose of the teacher blog is to improve communication with parents and provide a platform for teachers to create an online learning space for students. The purpose of the student blog is to increase visibility so that parents can have easy and more access to their children’s learning and to give their feedback. The student blog also give students more ownership to their own learning journey. The multimedia aspect of the blog gives different opportunities for recording learning in early years, yet increase creativity and content creation. The blog allows students to continue recording their journey thru the years of learning.- makky.fung makky.fung Nov 9, 2015
  • Electronic publishing is becoming more and more important as we enter a time when parents want to know what their children are learning right now, not what they learned last week or last month. Teachers are becoming acutely aware of how important it is for their students' work to be published in a way that is accessible and immediate. I've seen this be true in primary and secondary levels, and while primary teachers seem to be adept and experienced at sharing student work regularly, this has become more difficult for secondary teachers. I am guessing this is purely because of volume; it's simple to teach your class of 25 to self-publish, but much more complicated and harder to manage to do the same for 125 students, or more. - adrienne.michetti adrienne.michetti Nov 10, 2015

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • - liz.cho liz.cho Oct 31, 2015The consideration and teaching of what makes certain online platforms worthy and credible vs. internet rants or groups that promote social/racial hierarchy is important when it comes to online publications. As these platforms are becoming more and more prominent, we as educators have the responsibility to explore with the kids to get them to understand (and understand with them) the possible pitfalls of these platforms (e.g. open comments, interactions with strangers, potential harm from negative words).- kurt.wittig kurt.wittig Nov 6, 2015
  • The need for parents participation when it comes to the digital citizenship is crucial to get the understanding of what it means to be present online. If we at school and the parents at home uses the same approach to the online life, it will become something natural and normal. - mortensenj2 mortensenj2 Nov 9, 2015
  • What's missing is a way to approach electronic publishing that is easy for the under 13s. Teachers often do this for students, or create workarounds, but increasingly both parents and students want to see students learn to manage this, but are restricted by publishing platforms' terms of use. - adrienne.michetti adrienne.michetti Nov 10, 2015

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • - liz.cho liz.cho Oct 31, 2015Students are creating all the time. During the AMPED (Autonomously Mastered Personalized Education) hour at Shekou International School in tandem with their CAS experiences, the students create incredible things and hone new skills autonomously, giving back to the community whenever and wherever they can. If they could push this out for the world to see (e.g. the power of self-built air filters, mathematically calculated solar panel frames on the roof, knitting hats for the displaced refugees, just to name a few), their creations hold more weight and depth, far beyond the walls of a single school alone. This technology also allows students to learn how to interact with the new literacies as well of the 21st century, including videos and images
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • - liz.cho liz.cho Oct 31, 2015Some great notes found here, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jep/3336451.0018.300?view=text;rgn=main, from Journal of Electronic Publishing from University of Michigan, including perspectives of commercial publishers such as Alice Meadows and authors such as Marcus Banks examining questions of scholarly communication. Interesting read and recent (2015).
  • Foreign language learning can be enhanced with e-publishing. Teachers in our Chinese Studies department publish electronic books with iBooks Author where every book has a number of interactive activities for students to practise at home. The books can be downloaded thru an online platform (ie. iTunes U or Google Drive) at home. The interactive activities aim on developing their language skills based on the TPRS technique (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). The ebooks helped the students to practise listening and speaking skills by recording their own voice and it can be sent back to teachers for feedback. Activities can be designed to help them with recognising the stroke order of the characters. We found the ebooks work especially well with ab-initio students who need to learn about new vocabularies, sentence structures, stroke order, etc. - makky.fung makky.fung Nov 9, 2015
  • Chinese International School collaborated with Beijing Normal University to develop Year 2 Chinese Core Materials on iBooks Author- A series of books to cater learners at different language proficiency. - anita.chen anita.chen Nov 10, 2015
  • UWCSEA teachers in grades K-5 publish regularly on blogs. Students in grades 6-8 have experimented using iBooks Author for publishing about their learning in English and Humanities. - adrienne.michetti adrienne.michetti Nov 10, 2015

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