Since then, I have been thinking about it and I guess it is a pretty simple answer. The content I am publishing is being used BECAUSE it is free. I am not doing any additional work to post my lessons in iTunes U, none at all. It is just as simple as posting something on a Google site or Edmodo, only iTunes U has a huge worldwide audience. Don't believe me? Check out these emails...
A school in South Africa is using my class to help their teachers learn how to teach in the digital age. Their school is considering iPads but had no training on how to incorporate technology. Now one of their teachers has an example of a technology infused anatomy course she can use.
A school in Venezuela is using my class as a prerequisite to their nursing program. Talk about thinking twice before you publish something...this has made me a better teacher knowing my work is being used in these ways.
I have so many examples like this. I love all the emails I get from all over the world, many of which I have to translate.
So that is the why. I publish because #1 its easy....#2 its fun to share....#3 it connects my classroom to the entire world. My students are given opportunities to publish into the A&P course to a real audience of over 100,000 subscribers. They have the ability to Skype with schools in different countries. They get to learn about a creating a positive digital presence for themselves.
More than anything, the iPad gives them the ability to create cool things that are being published and used, not just a device to use for Googling answers to worksheets.
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