Case Study: How Teachers are Using Widbook to Innovate the Classroom
Widbook has over 200 thousand members from more than 100 countries. The community came from an idea of building projects together inside universities and evolved to a place connecting people who love to write, read and share stories. As the Internet brings education to a collaborative future, schools and universities are the right place to use Widbook and help students showcase their learning in creative and engaging ways. “Widbook brings a new format for publication and learning. Our community allows students and teachers to exchange ideas and build collaborative works in a innovative way”, said Flávio Aguiar, Widbook CEO.
John Hardison, a High School Language Arts Interactive Educator from the East Hall High School in Gainesville, North Georgia (United States), made an experimental project using Widbook is his classroom. “There is no doubt you will immediately envision the educational potential of combining a collaborative, creative atmosphere and a challenging lesson plan with such a cool and easy-to-use website.”, said John Hardison, who is proud that their “Widbook e-book will hopefully serve as a study guide for any student in the world.”, he added.
What exactly was done?
John`s American Literature students were asked to build their first collaborative ebook on Widbook. The work was based on the Romantic short story from Washington Irving author: “The Devil and Tom Walker”. “I knew Widbook would be a good match for our next project in American Literature. By allowing pictures to be inserted, videos to be embedded, and Word documents to be uploaded, I can confidently ask and expect my students to perform a number of tasks to demonstrate their understanding of Washington Irving’s famous short story and how its message fits into their present world”, wrote John on Getting Smart, a digital community that brings innovation in learning.
Step by step
1 – Students were divided in groups of three or four and were given access to a digital copy of the ascribed literature that was segmented into ten, distinct sections;
2 – They were asked to create one, shared Google Drive document within their own teams;
3 – All teams had to finish the full story and embark on analyzing their assigned sections, to write a collaborative analytical, literary criticism of assigned excerpts with attention to diction, symbolism, figurative language, style, purpose, tone, mood, and characterization;
4 – Once the literary analysis was completed, students were asked to create a video summary and symbolic picture of their assigned section. “This picture, which can be easily inserted in Widbook in a matter of seconds, will be used as the front cover for the accompanying team’s section”, wrote John;
5 – John downloaded all teams’ Google Drive documents as Word documents to his desktop and uploaded them to Widbook;
6 – The videos were uploaded to their class YouTube channel. “Then I simply embedded each video next to its accompanying section in the newly created e-book on Widbook”, said John.
According to John, “Widbook can represent the transition between my generation and the newest ones. Instead of rolling up and down a blog post, for example, on Widbook you simply turn the pages and is able to organize it in chapters. Thank you Widbook team, for providing this great and free platform that students and teachers can use for creative projects”, he added.
John also created a video tutorial to help students to use Widbook. Watch it right here: