Please see the announcement letter for this project HERE. If you have any questions, feel free to use the comment/forum area below!
Submission Information and Instructions:
All submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, but please do not do so until you have read and followed all the instructions below.
We will start taking (and posting) submissions immediately, and they will be available to download from Classroom 2.0's Scribd site (link coming soon). This medium, as well as the promotion we will be doing, should get you additional exposure, make it easy to download, and will allow us to track which topics are most popular. We will also be using the no-archive feature in the postings so that no one has to pay or trade content.
To be considered for publication in the physical book, your submission must be received by April 21, 2012 (the original deadline of March 15th was extended in light of the Social Learning Summit announcement). Submissions received after this date will still be posted online, but will have to wait for a "Volume 2" to come out! We ask that you keep your submissions to under 2500 words, and we'll give priority to those that do.
Please submit in .doc/.docx/.rtf/.odp/.txt format, but not.pdf (we have to be able to access to the actual text so that we can reformat and edit).
You need to include the following information at the start of your document. Please cut, paste, and complete the following items at the beginning of your submitted document. An explanation of the licensing choices is below.
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Class or Subject Area:
Specific Learning Objectives (bulleted list, <150 words total):
Activity Summary (<150 words):
Please consider for inclusion in the physical book: _____Yes _____No
(CC BY-NC-ND) ____
CC BY-NC-SA ____
CC BY-NC ____
CC BY-ND ____
CC BY-SA ____
CC BY ____
If you would like those who make physical reprints to contact you for reprint rights/fees, please indicate how they are to contact you about this:
Please include a one-paragraph biography of who you are and what you do. (Feel free to "sell yourself"--links to websites, etc.--if you are someone who contributes, consults, or otherwise is looking for personal or professional advancement.
Please attach a photo of yourself of high enough quality/resolution to print well.
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Important Notes on Images:
By submitting your work, you give us permission to edit the work (subject to your final approval) and to post it to Classroom 2.0 or a document-sharing site. We are going to format all submissions into a standard style which will include a logo from Classroom 2.0, links to the project page, licensing information, header/subheader structures. Any editing or changes to text will be sent back to you for approval before being published online. Please note that by submitting your work, you are agreeing that we can publish it through the web and that it will be available for download (either using the default Creative Commons license indicated or the one that you have chosen). By indicating that you would like your work to be considered for inclusion in the physical book, you give the editors permission to use your work in the Classroom 2.0 book; submission, however, is not a guarantee of publication in the book. Please note that the physical book will (we hope) be sold through traditional means and you should read carefully the section below called "Compensation (or lack thereof)."
Creative Commons is an alternative to traditional copyright licensing, and while most of you are probably familiar with it (as it is the standard licensing for much of the Web 2.0 tools being used in education), below are details for those of you who want a specific license.
If you don't choose one of the licensing options, we will automatically apply the first and most restrictive one (CC BY-NC-ND), giving you the most control over your content (and if you are chosen for inclusion in the book, we'll actually have to have you send us a copy that is less restrictive so we are allowed to use it). All of the license information (and full legal code) is available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/.
Please remember that you retain the right to redistribute their works in any medium and retain any rights specified under your chosen license.
Compensation (or lack thereof):
Contributors whose work is included in the physical book will receive a copy of the book mailed to them and will be clearly and boldly credited as the author of that material, but there is no direct compensation for being included. Ways of making revenue from the book sales are discussed here.
Our hope is that this book project will generate huge excitement, become a New York Times bestseller, and help to change the world of education (we can dream, can't we?). However, we know the publishing world is more complicated than this, so our short-term goals are much more pragmatic.
First, we hope that by providing you with the combined audiences of FreeTech4Teachers and Classroom 2.0, FutureofEducation.com, and the other Web 2.0 Labs projects (we estimate 125,000+) that your willingness to share for free your chapter/whitepaper will provide you with visibility and personal or professional opportunities, the ability to tell others that you are a published author, and/or a genuine sense of making a difference in the world of education.
It is also our hope that some of you will become emboldened to write and contribute more, and that this effort will increase the volume of material being created by educators for educators. We'd love nothing more than to see us make an impact on the ecosystem of educational publishing this way.
Some of you may already be making money publishing, and we completely understand if that means that you are not going to contribute material to the site or the book. However, we are hoping that you'll see the project as a way to generate more sales of your other work, and that you'll still consider being a part of this project.
While all of the book material will be free on the website, because of the work involved in compiling, editing, and marketing the physical book, revenue from those sales will be used to compensate Steve, Richard, and Chris for these tasks. But we know that some of you may be interested in finding ways to make some money from your participation, so we've come up with a couple of ways for you to do that.
About the Editors:
Steve Hargadon is the founder of Classroom 2.0, and runs a number of physical and virtual projects designed to help build community and connections in education. http://www.stevehargadon.com and http://www.web20labs.com.
Richard Byrne is educator and blogger best known for his award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. When not teaching or writing Richard enjoys long walks in the woods with his best four legged buddy, Morrison.
Christopher Dawson is an educator, writer, father, husband, treehugger, and budding entrepreneur (not necessarily in that order) who has been exploring technology in education in some way or another since the days when the cool kids had RPN calculators. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/education