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TEACHERS.NET GAZETTE
Volume 4 Number 3

COVER STORY
Happy 7th Anniversary Teachers.Net...
COLUMNS
A First Day of School Script Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Using A Discipline Approach to Promote Learning Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
My Poor Teacher Can't Spell! 4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Testing, 1-2-3! Postcard from Planet Esme - News from the world of children's books by Esmé Codell
March ~ The Perfect Time for a Fresh Start! Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
Need Something? Ask! Teachers As Learners by Hal Portner
There's a Book Inside of You Waiting To Come Out! eBook Authoring by Glenn F. Dietzel
Stop Underage Drinking Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Debates in the Classroom---A List of Ten! The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
Saving Drowning Babies is Not Always the Best Policy! Ed-Tech Talk by Dr. Rob Reilly
Art Sites The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
March Articles
March Regular Features
March Informational Items
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About Glenn Dietzel...
Glenn Dietzel is currently a Vice-Principal of an elementary school with the Lambton Kent District School Board. Glenn holds two post graduate degrees in Theology and Education. He lives with his lovely wife and two young sons in Sarnia, Ontario known as the Bluewater area, and home to beautiful beaches, amazing sunsets, and no hills.

eBook Authoring
by Glenn Dietzel
Teacher eBooks (www.teacherebooks.com)
There's a Book Inside of You Waiting To Come Out!

There is a book waiting to come out of every teacher and student. This column will present the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to show how you---and your students---can become published authors with eBook technology and leave a living legacy globally.

The fact that teachers and students can leave a written legacy affordably with eBook technology is becoming more appealing to educators. The idea that a profit can be achieved is an added benefit. The knowledge that students can become published authors at an early age incorporating current literacy initiatives with technology of the present is an educator's and parent's dream.

It truly is an exciting endeavor to have the opportunity to write for Teachers.net and to help educators and students share their talents, knowledge, and passion with a global online community. This is a literacy initiative of immense importance.

This column will have a dual focus---firstly, I intend to show educators how to become published authors using eBook technology. There are 10 steps in the eBook authoring process and in the coming months, each step will be presented. Secondly, this column will focus on awakening the minds of educators to the benefits of eBook technology for students. These articles will offer a synthesis of background information, reflection, goal setting, and writing as the foundation for this authoring journey.

The three features of an eBook that are carrying it to the forefront of common usage are portability, interactivity, and versatility. eBooks are:

  • Portable---Information can be transmitted at the speed of light. With the development of the microchip, fiber optic technology, and the Internet, communication in digital format can be transmitted effortlessly and in "real time". eBooks can be delivered by download, and /or as an email attachment. They can also be stored on diskette and CD-ROM.
  • Versatile---Knowledge can be easily updated with changes being made seamlessly. People now have greater access to current information and are able to make more informed decisions.
  • Interactive---Readers are finally engaged in their learning experience. Engagement means greater retention, increased motivation and a greater sense of control over one's learning.

Imagine reading your favorite book with video, sound effects and animation. Or visualize reading your favorite historical novel with music from this period including key background information about the setting. Consider reading a "how-to" book with simulation capabilities. Picture reading your book through special software to help you read better or changing the font size to help you overcome a reading difficulty you might have. Imagine listening to your favorite book on your MP3 Player while walking your dog. Books come to life with these capabilities and more.

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