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?

  • In this part of the world we have some projects where both students and teachers are making their own teaching materials using systems as “meebook”. It’s a relevant competence for the students in the 21th century or else they can quote Mark Twain: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” - claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Apr 10, 2016
  • Both teachers and students are beginning to publish across non traditional forms in the classroom. An increasing number of teachers are using platforms like YouTube to share educational content with students, and Apps like 'Explain Anything' allow students to create digital content to build and share their knowledge. The ability to combine images, sound and text to communicate is fast becoming a basic literacy requirement.- dezuanni dezuanni Apr 12, 2016
  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Apr 12, 2016I have published student writing anthologies on Amazon Kindle for several years now, and I know of teachers who use the Apple ebook, which has more of the versatile range of media stated in the above descriptor.
  • Providing students opportunities to seed the web with content invites an attitude of an empowered learner who will contribute, rather than just consume. Electronic publishing is a great way to nurture this attitude. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Apr 25, 2016
  • Making use of the iBooks Author and iTunesU tools on the Apple desktop and iPad has seen some take up for the publishing of resources online in an ebook format. One teacher records all his maths lessons using a video camera and publishes the links on iTunesU where students are then able to revisit the lessons. This is proving to be particularly helpful for students. - peter.lelong peter.lelong Apr 26, 2016

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

  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Apr 12, 2016Using ebook publishing venues like Amazon Kindle, Apple or Feiyr can also create student writing anthologies or present student research, the contemporary take (perhaps) of the old-fashioned year book. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Apr 26, 2016
  • I'd like to know more about what the "next phase" is. Additionally, maybe cite the notions of intellectual property, copyright, public domain, etc. - all that becomes an issue when one publishes, and it can be complicated enough for a user to want to give up entirely. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Apr 25, 2016

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

  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Apr 12, 2016Many children and their parents are thrilled to have their work published (I have used Amazon Kindle for many years to do this). With so much self-publishing now opened up by Apple and Kindle, I think that exposing children, in whatever form, to having their work published in these modes is empowering to potential young authors, a huge creative avenue that continues to expand and reward many writers and readers. One must be 18 years old to publish on Kindle, but I recently had a discussion with a parent of a very literate student; she wants to publish, and I explained to him the means to do so via Kindle. His daughter is under 18, but the work can be published with the parent as "editor". I do serve as editor in the Kindle anthologies of student writing that I have published, a legal and also a practical reality.
  • The pride and excitement in seeing yourself published is a great opportunity to encourage young people to be creators rather than just consumers! When they know that other will read their work (online) - such as a class e-book - they work harder to produce a high-quality artifact. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Apr 25, 2016

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