This past summer, I traveled to Kenya and Liberia on behalf of my organization, LitWorld, to share teaching ideas and practices with teachers there. It was a deeply moving journey and I was honored to spend time with the teachers there (some class ratios: 120 kids to ONE teacher!). They are heroic for doing their work in such extreme conditions. We brought with us a software called Realebooks which gets kids publishing their own stories online. Now, schools here are sending kidmade books to schools there and there is such joy in it! It is truly wonderful to see the kids writing the stories of their lives and feeling the presence and response of an immediate (global!) audience! I'd love to get more schools involved so would love to know if you all out there have further ideas for what we could do to deepen the potential for collaboration and connection through 2.0 and if you'd like to join into the work in some way. We are very open to ideas, and I know for sure that technology is going to give millions of people access to literacy in developing countries very, very soon if we can harness some of these new ideas. It's an amazing time. I am just getting to know 2.0 and all the wonderful potential here, and so I am open and interested in any and all ideas that might further my thinking.

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Comment by Tanya Travis on November 28, 2008 at 9:32am
This sounds like a great project. My students already make digital books for a school digital library using a different tool, but I would like to find out more about your project. Is there a specific type of book you are looking for or is any genre okay? Are books sent directly to the schools or are they found by simply having them on the Realebooks site?
Comment by Kirsten Aguiniga on July 15, 2009 at 2:55pm
What a great project! I am so handicapped when it comes to technology. For people like me, it would be great to have instructions on where to begin, a timeline, and instructions on the entire process, then I think more people would get involved!

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