Real World Learning Objects: Language Arts

Literacy and Literature - Publishing for a Global Audience
INSTRUCTIONS
Publishing student work on the Internet can provide an authentic opportunity for children to build confidence in their abilities and share & display their personal writing with a much larger audience. For this RWLO, you will learn about the benefits of publishing student work online and explore an excellent web site that has published the writing of children from over 160 countries from around the world. You will also be introduced to COPPA, a law passed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and learn how it relates to children's privacy online and have the opportunity to explore and identify a student publishing web site that you can use in your classroom.
  1. Introduction to Publishing Student Work on the Internet
    Review the following short PowerPoint presentation "Introduction to Publishing Student Work on the Internet" individually or as a class:
  2. The Storybook Student Publishing web site
    Visit the International Kids' Space Storybook student publishing web site and enter one of the four sections: Shelf I., Shelf II., Shelf III., or Shelf IV. Read several of the submitted stories, poems, journals, folktales, etc. from the section and answer the following questions once you are familiar with the site:
    1. When was the section you selected last updated?
    2. What is the suggested age range for this student publishing web site?
    3. How can student work be submitted to the Storybook web site? What information do you need to provide?
       
  3. Important Considerations
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) created the Kidz Privacy web site to share information and resources related to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Review the ADULTS ONLY and JUST FOR KIDZ sections of the Kidz Privacy web site and list a minimum of four (4) items that you, as a pre-service teacher, will need to consider when using a student publishing web site in your classroom.
     
  4. Select a Student Publishing site
    Review the various student publishing web sites listed in the Supplementary Resources section on the web site and select one that you might use in your K-12 classroom. Once you've identified a site, answer the following questions:
    1. Which student publishing site do you plan to use and what is the URL?
    2. How might you use the student publishing activity to enrich an activity in your classroom?
    3. When was the site you selected last updated and what is the suggested age range?
    4. How can student work be submitted to the site you selected? What information do you need to provide?
    5. What curriculum standards could this activity address?
    6. How do you think providing students with the opportunity to publish their own work will help them better understand how authors revise, edit, and publish their own work?

 

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