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?

  • add your response here- kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Feb 7, 2015I have already begun publishing student writing http://www.amazon.co.jp/OYIS-Lines-2014-Students-International-ebook/dp/B00L9VHKCU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1423362200&sr=1-1&keywords=OYIS+lines with Kindle, and plan to do more. Like the Year Books, now long established in K to 12, I believe publishing student writing is a wonderful new opportunity to celebrate student work.
  • Electronic publishing through mixing digital images, sound and text is central to the future of literacy development, in my view. I recently worked on a 'kindergarten' project (3-4 year old children) in which the students used iPads to record digital images, record their own voices to explain the images and then asked their teachers and parents to help them write text to accompany the images and audio. The students organised these resources using the 'Book Creator' app and then published iBooks. This is the development of digital media literacy from the earliest years of formal education. - dezuanni dezuanni Feb 15, 2015
  • During the last few years, we have seen some schools adapting services for Electronic Publishing where both teachers and students are creating their own teaching materials/ textbooks. Promising technology, schools are only facing the problem that they have to choose between the systems that are not compatible so that you are tight to at specific supplier. - claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Feb 16, 2015
  • Given that we're thinking about education globally - electronic publishing has huge relevance toward developing literacy in communities with limited print materials to reach reading. The ability to inexpensively publish in mother-tongue languages using mobile devices has the potential to radically change approaches to addressing illiteracy. - leslie.s.conery leslie.s.conery Feb 16, 2015 - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Feb 21, 2015
  • My pre-service teachers (college students) have created their own electronic textbooks to be used in K-12 classrooms. The textbook is not just an e-textbook, but tries to integrate other emerging technologies such as 3D animations and Augmented Reality with appropriate teaching methods (such as smart phone version clickers).- changcy changcy Feb 20, 2015
  • In terms of global collaboration at K-12 levels publication of student co-created work is a vital way to share with the wider community. This can take many forms and includes the extended use of Web 2.0 as well as a constructivist approach to learning, as well as the skills to be able to collaborate at a distance online. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Feb 21, 2015
  • As others have alluded but not said directly, electronic publishing is a key element of just-in-time learning and teaching as well as personalization of these experiences. - marcia.mardis marcia.mardis Feb 22, 2015

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

  • Adding digital and media literacy to the everyday curriculum...nudging out the essay. Handwriting and spelling are on the perimeter. http://magpla.net/2014/02/01/list-of-digital-publishing-tools/ - michael.lambert michael.lambert Feb 7, 2015- kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Feb 7, 2015Using Fiverr to design covers for $5 to $10, and teacher publishing on Amazon Kindle, this is open now. I have recently begun using Feiyr, a German based distributor; they help you change your Word document into ePub and Mobi, and then distribute the book to a wide swath of users, including all of the major players. The Feiyr site is https://www.feiyr.com/. But with Feiyr one cannot publish student work as edited by the teacher because their contract specifies only the author's own work can be published.- leslie.s.conery leslie.s.conery Feb 16, 2015
  • Yes, I agree with the comment above. What we are really talking about here are the fundamentals of digital media literacy - combing images, sound and digital text according to codes and convention to communicate to others. This may be in the form of electronic books or it might be in the form of short narrative videos, documentaries or podcasts - the building blocks are the same, even if the genres / styles change. - dezuanni dezuanni Feb 15, 2015
  • We probably see a convergence within the range of different Medias like presentations, podcasts, e-books etc. - claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Feb 16, 2015
  • the potential of electronic publishing combined with increasingly good online automatic translations are providing a larger global audience for student writings. There's also a long-tail effect at play where, because of the increased number of people students (or educators) can reach, the more potential there is for finding a receptive audience. - leslie.s.conery leslie.s.conery Feb 16, 2015 - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Feb 21, 2015

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

  • We're moving to displaying student work on a visual screen, the web, an electronic device...this increase engagement and broadens the students' audience. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Feb 7, 2015- kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Feb 7, 2015Right now (see above) teachers can publish student writing on Kindle. You must be 18 years old to publish, so this is not an option for K to 12 children directly. I know of teachers who also publish student work with Apple; I believe the whole country of Australia is onto this. At my school, I have already published or begun to publish three books of student writing, a wonderful way to celebrate student achievement on Amazon Japan (in our case).
  • Given that literacy is central across the curriculum (for sharing ideas, recording concepts and reflections and outlining processes), electronic publishing that mixes image, sound and text in new ways for authentic audiences has the potential to transform teaching and learning. - dezuanni dezuanni Feb 15, 2015
  • Electronic publishing should be integrated with other emerging technologies and instructional methods in order to have a greater impact on teaching and learning in K-12 classroom. - changcy changcy Feb 20, 2015
  • Great impact - as long as we broaden the definition and understanding of what 'publishing' is. Digital literacy and fluency means having a toolkit of possibilities for online publication - many of which are collaborative and can be worked on globally. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Feb 21, 2015

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