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This site is dedicated to help you use, build, and share Book2Cloud Learning Experiences.

It is a collaborative. We will get you started and then hope you will share with us your successes.

Want to create a Book2Cloud yourself? 
  Follow these steps:
  • You need a Gmail account to create and own a Book2Cloud site
  • Find the Book2Cloud template at: https://sites.google.com/site/book2cloudtemplate/
  • Click on "Use this template"
  • Rename the template for the learning experience you want to create
  • Fill in the picture security code
  • Yea! you now own a Book2Cloud and can change anything you like. See the pencil picture at the upper right? That is the edit button. Check out the "More" button to manage the site. If you don't know how to do something, Google a tutorial.


Free Titles You Can Use Immediately:


Social Studies:


Literature

Language Arts
 
How to Use One of Our Templates:
 
  • You must have a Gmail account
  • Click on the URL for the Book2Cloud title above that  you want
  • Click "Use this template."
  • Rename it and fill in the visual security code and it will be your own to use and modify as you wish.



Fee Titles:



The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win!  2nd Edition by David V. Loertscher, Carol Koechlin, Sandi Zwaan and Esther Rosenfeld. Learning Commons Press, 2011. 
 Available at: http://lmcsource.com


Collection Development Using the Collection Mapping Technique by David V. Loertscher and Laura H. Wimberley. Learning Commons Press, 2010.
Available at: http://lmcsource.com


Young Adult Literature and Multimedia: A Quick Guide 2011, 6th edition by Mary Ann Harlan, David V. Loertscher, and Sharron L. McElmeel. Learning Commons Press, 2011.
 Available at: http://lmcsource.com



Knowledge Building in the Learning Commons: Papers of the Treasure Mountain Research Retreat #17, Osseo, Minnesota, 2011. Learning Commons Press, 2011.
Available at: http://lmcsource.com


Loertscher, David V. and Elizabeth "Betty" Marcoux. eds. Learning Commons Treasury. Teacher Librarian Press, 2010. Available at: http://lmcsource.com









 


What is a Book2Cloud? 
 
A Book2Cloud is an attempt to redefine an ebook from a static transfer of text from one medium to another. By text, we mean a body of thought, whether in textual form, audio, or video or any other remix of thought into a capsule idea. The Book2Cloud seeks to turn content into context in order to develop deeper meaning as we develop our skill of learning how to learn. It becomes the development of what I can understand from a text but at the same time join with others to develop collective understanding or collaborative intelligence. It is developing the personal expertise in a way that contributes to the study group that is constructing and creating on the shoulders of every participant.
 
Thus, the Book2Cloud has a simple structure with a participatory challenge. It presents an original text and then invites the individual and the group to play with the ideas and create. Create what? Build what? Remix what? Building So what? What's next?
 
Such ideas are in line with the work of John Seeley Brown in his book: A New Culture of Learning and a book by David Weinberger: Too Big to Know among many other thinkers about the present and future of education in a new age of information and technology.
 
The Book2Cloud challenges the teacher to become a coach; to incorporate PLAY and TINKERING of ideas in a study group where we may fail, fail, fail, but after some practice we create an epiphany; a cognitive transformation. The emphasis is on creative construction of new perspectives that drive not only thought, but doing and action. One of the approaches to this process is digital curation promoted by Joyce Valenza in her blog and presentations.
 
So, play with the first iterations of Book2Cloud. Suggest other texts and structures that promote participatory learning.
 
Book2Cloud is one building block of Knowledge Building Centers that replace teacher assignments with inquiry and project based learning guided by classroom teachers, teacher librarians, teacher technologists and other specialists in a school. In these Knowledge Building Centers, learners are constructing their own Personal Learning Environments. And in turn, all these building blocks constitute the restructuring of a school library into a Learning Commons. This string of ideas is constructed in the book: The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win!  2nd Edition by David V. Loertscher, Carol Koechlin, Sandi Zwaan and Esther Rosenfeld. Learning Commons Press, 2011.  Available at: http://lmcsource.com

 
Book2Cloud edition
Challenge
 
What can you or your group create using this book?
 
You can read the whole story here on the front page.
 
But, you can use the editable pages to do all kinds of things.
 
Would you like to :
 
  • Add Comments
  • Link to other websites?
  • change the words and the text?
  • Draw different pictures?
  • Create your own edition?
  • Write  a blog?
  • Create a video?
  • Collaborate with a group on any of the above?
  • Have a discussion at the bottom of the page?
  • Add some helpful documents at the bottom?
  • Define words in the story?
  • Translate the text into another language?
 
Enter Our Contest!
 
Submit your version of this website to:

Book2CloudElementary@gmail.com
or...
Book2Cloudmiddle@gmail.com
or...
Book2Cloudhigh@gmail.com
 
before January 1 or May 1 any year to see if your work can be recognized internationally
 
 
 
Questions to ask students as they interact with any of the pages of a Book2Cloud:
 

Our Knowledge Building Questions

  • What do we know already? What connections can we make?
  • What questions do we have? How can we find answers to our questions?
  • Where can we find reliable information? How will we know we can trust what we find?
  • How can we make sense of this new information?
  • How do our ideas fit with what others have said?
  • Why is this important? To whom is it important?
  • What could we create or share?

Our Big Think Questions

  • So what do we know now?
  • How do we feel about what we have discovered?
  • What do we do with our new ideas?
  • What new questions do we have?
  • What did we discover about working together?
  • How can we do it better next time?
Over to You!
  • Click on the edit pencil symbol at the upper right; erase our text and create.  
  • Make sure you save the page when you are done or your work will be lost.
  • You can create as many additional pages as you like for your work.
Who can help?
You might work in groups on each page and you might also ask your teacher, the teacher librarian, the teacher technologist, an expert, or a parent to join you as you create on the extended pages.