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27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking


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:

1. Brainstorming

2. Preliminary research

3. Early theories

4. Rough Drafts

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5. Tangent thinking on connected issues

6. Research snippets

7. Interviews

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.

  1. WordPress.com
  2. Kidblog
  3. Voicethread
  4. YouTube 
  5. Animoto
  6. Vimeo
  7. GoAnimate
  8. Edmodo
  9. StoryKit
  10. Idea Sketch
  11. Jing
  12. Storify
  13. Prezi
  14. Scribd
  15. Slideshare
  16. Twitter
  17. Wordle
  18. iMovie
  19. Tumblr
  20. Instagram
  21. Google+
  22. Skitch
  23. iBooks Author
  24. Mooklet
  25. Blogger
  26. Book Creator
  27. Creative Book Builder

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