Classroom 2.0 Book Project Submission & Other Information

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, 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).


Required Information:

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):

Grade Level(s):

Activity Summary (<150 words):

Please consider for inclusion in the physical book: _____Yes _____No

Preferred license:

(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

  • Images can be embedded in your submission file (unless you are submitting a .txt file), but please also submit the images as separate/attached files and make sure suggested locations in the text are clearly marked.
  • For screen captures, remove the browser bar showing extensions, bookmarks, and other add-ons; and clearly indicate the name of the software and or website so that we can obtain a release from the developer for the use of screen shots in any published work.
  • If using images other than screen captures, it's easiest if they are Creative Commons licensed works for which the creator has granted permission for commercial re-use. Any images must have appropriate licensing/ownership details supplied showing that the author has the right to use and distribute the images both commercially and non-commercially. In special circumstances, you can include links to the image source(s), the licensing or restrictions you believe are on the images, and--if you have it--contact information for helping us obtain permissions--but this should only be for very important images you have not been able to obtain permission to use.
  • If images of actual students are in included in any way, please make sure you have permission to use those images, and let us know so that we can send you a permissions document to be signed.


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

  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)
    This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially. Again, this will be the default unless you let us know otherwise.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)
    This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)
    This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
  • Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)
    This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
  • Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)
    This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.
  • Attribution (CC BY)
    This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

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,, 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.

  • If you indicate in your submission that you would like us to, we will include a statement in your chapter that asks those who reprint your material to contact you for reprint rights/fees.
  • We will give you an ability to buy additional copies the book at a significantly discounted rate, so that if you want to resell it at workshops or other physical venues you can make money doing so.
  • We are working to try and create an affiliate sales program for online sales, so that you have the ability to advertise the book and receive special affiliate commissions on any sales that come through you.

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. and

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.


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Comment by John Faig on July 8, 2013 at 3:42am

Just saw the link to the book on Scribd - looks good.  Was curious if you received my submission last year?

Comment by Kimberly Caise on May 18, 2013 at 10:57pm

Ben, right now you can find the book at Scribd at

Comment by Elisa Gopin on April 26, 2013 at 12:30am

Just wondering if there are any updates on this project - thanks!

Comment by Benjamin Stewart on April 6, 2013 at 9:47am

Where might one find this book?  And are there any plans to publish another?

Comment by Alan Hodson on April 6, 2013 at 9:29am

Is this the place to promote my terribly under-appreciated contribution available at

By the dates I see I may be a year late and a dollar short.

Comment by Revathi Viswanathan on January 8, 2013 at 10:41pm

Dear Mr.Dawson,

I am eager to know whether the printed version of the Classroom 2.0 book (Fifth Anniversary Book Issue) is ready and also the publication status of my chapter.

Revathi Viswanathan

Comment by Gina Marandino on June 11, 2012 at 10:09am

Is there a date when we are supposed to hear about our chapter submissions? Thanks.  Looking forward to reading others submissions.

Comment by Gina Marandino on May 4, 2012 at 12:25pm

Is there a permission form for using examples of student work?

Comment by Codi Conway on April 25, 2012 at 3:37pm

When will the submissions be published online, and where do we go to download them?

Comment by Rachel Rueckert on April 21, 2012 at 9:25pm

Just submitted a chapter! I'm looking forward to reading what other people have submitted.

Comment by Jennifer Judkins on April 21, 2012 at 8:44pm

Phew!  Just submitted a chapter tonight to go along with a session I hosted this morning.  Had a blast with the SLS today!  Thanks for the opportunity to contribute!  

Where will we find the other book chapters that were submitted?  I can't wait to see what everyone pulled together for this project!  There were some pretty fabulous SLS sessions today so I'm sure the book chapters will be great, too!

Comment by Steve Hargadon on April 21, 2012 at 5:00pm

@Michele:  we'll be publishing all submissions online.  Then, based on which are the most popular (downloads), we'll choose for the printed book!  :)

Comment by Michele Eaton on April 21, 2012 at 1:44pm

Do you have any idea when you will make selections for the book?  

Comment by Stephanie Sutton on April 21, 2012 at 6:28am
Just submitted my white paper! I'm traveling in Atlanta and don't have my laptop- only my iPhone. I used Google docs to create the paper then emailed it as a word attachment. Technology is so slick!
Comment by Steve Hargadon on April 21, 2012 at 4:49am

Hi, Jan.  We're not THAT strict!  By midnight the 21st.  :)

Comment by Steve Hargadon on April 20, 2012 at 5:55pm

@Gina:  don't worry about it!  @Karen:  colleague to colleague!

Comment by Gina Marandino on April 20, 2012 at 2:29pm

Almost ready to submit, but with the bios I am over the word requirement.  Do bios count in the word count?

Comment by Karen Giesler on April 16, 2012 at 7:12pm

Wondering about approach,  Do you see this sounding like a colleague to colleague conversation or a journal article?

Comment by Jose Popoff on April 10, 2012 at 5:21pm

Ok, so I did not get a response for my query, so should I take it as a yes or a no..?  I wonder..... Anyone::?

Comment by Steve Hargadon on April 10, 2012 at 5:13pm

@rachelle--go for it!


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