We have been the lucky recipients of the model for Helen Storey's Amygdala
installation at Tallis. It now has pride of place in the school library. We decided this year, as part of a cross-curricular arts project on "Identity", to use the book as inspiration for an activity with our current Year 7 students designed to encourage them to reflect on a time when their amygdalas were probably working overtime - the transition from Year 6 to Year 7. We have published these responses as an interactive online book using the fantastic Issuu
I like the look of issuu - it looks like it offers a great way of sharing and archiving work - it would be particularly effective for group tasks and extended projects. I've always thought students see so little of their peers work, and this would be a great way of getting them to share their work more effectively. It might also work well for projects that seek to work with parents and other collaborative partners.
How does it compare with blurb? Can you print bound copies?
You can print out the original pdf file but the idea is to share the experience of an online viewing - this is also much more environmentally friendly! The option to zoom in and interact with the book almost makes the printed copy redundant. I like Blurb too and Photobox but you can't beat Issuu for very low cost (free) self publishing to a potentially massive audience. This provides students with the means to re-present their learning to a high standard at no cost, either individually or in groups. Incidentally, a program like Pages makes DTP really straightforward, with the option to export to pdf built in. This is much trickier on a PC.
Just sitting in a room surrounded by sagging shelves groaning under the weight of books, footie programs, exhibition blurbs and LPs - yes LPs! I love a bit of new media me, but part of me will always be a bit old school.
It does feel nicely intuitive though. As regards Pages I think pages is a real winner - especially when the process of structuring, setting out, sequencing using images is given the status it merits i.e not thinking of it as the last stage of the project but considering it a key part of the whole process.
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