There is a growing buzz in the education community about the possibility of moving away from traditional textbooks. While the objective seems clear as to why we should be making this move, the question of how to transition this great shift remains. Educators creating their own digital resource for the classroom possesses great value, but at this point there are still more questions than answers.
The more education evolves, the more it stays true to its roots. Technology does not dramatically change education; it allows us to open it up in different directions. Teachers will always teach, and dynamic pedagogy will always drive the education vehicle forward. The education field always need experts in specified content areas that are able to adapt and innovate their practices from year to year. What technology allows us to do is create broader communities from which we can learn and share.
—- Andy Marcinek, Director of Technology Groton-Dunstable Regional School District
The Burlington Public Schools EdTech Team has hosted the Massachusetts Digital Publication Collaborative for the past three years in an effort to provide educators from around New England with support for curating and creating digital content. Our team believes that educators must work together to build powerful digital curriculum materials and resources that can be shared and edited by anyone across the country. We hope to break down the isolation of educational content creation and provide educators with the skills needed to build digital content as well as the time to collaborate with each other.
Please join us for the 2014 MADPC sessions at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, MA. These free sessions will be part of the BPS EdTech Team Summer Edcamp Series. The sessions will feature professional development support, collaboration time, and an opportunity to work with other educators in your content area to curate and create digital content for your classroom.
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Elements of the Massachusetts Digital Publication Collaborative:
Digital Literacy Skills
Digital Media Resources and Applications
Creating an ePub
Contact the event organizer if you have any questions:
Director of Technology Integration
Burlington Public Schools