Publishing student thinking can be among the most powerful ways to improve learning.
There are a variety of reasons for this, but the biggest reason is that the “threat” of publishing moves the lodestone from the classroom to the “real world.” This, of course, changes everything.
What To Publish
Note that publishing finished products and the thinking process itself are two very different things–and the idea here is to publishing the thinking itself:
2. Preliminary research
3. Early theories
4. Rough Drafts
5. Tangent thinking on connected issues
6. Research snippets
8. Media excerpts
9. Project-Based Learning artifacts
10. Learning diary or draft notes
Most of the following can also be used to publish the finished products–essays, documentaries, and other project-based learning artifacts. The end result is empowering the entire process of learning rather than focusing on the finished result itself.
Below are 27+ ways to make this happen–and most are available as apps. From videos to graphics, blogging to concept mapping, there are a lot of options to consider. 10 of the best options are in bold.