That was then. This is now.
Software that cost many 100's of thousands to build then, are readily available now. Very expensive sales channels then, have been eliminated by the Internet now. Then, back in the day, just as the pieces were coming together, came the dot.com stock crash.
A Publishing Center is the 2009 version of a 1998 idea
All the technology is now in place. The only missing pieces are editors and designers. With the addition of that human creativity - but not any new technology - student publishing can evolve into excellent student publishing.
This is what I mean by creating pockets of social capital:
We are proud to already have a partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County called the Oce Future Authors Project, now in its fourth year.A Publishing Center would turn this experience from a once-a-year event into the normal way of doing the learning business. Consider how this might scale if struggling regional and community newspapers added a Publishing Center to their normal ways of doing business and reinvented textbooks by inventing textbooklets.
Every summer, we gather a group of middle and high school students for a free eight-day writing workshop taught by licensed language arts teachers and professional authors. Writings produced by the students during the workshop are then digitally printed on Oce equipment. The formal book is then unveiled at a commmunity-wide book signing event attended by local community leaders, politicians, school officials, teachers, parents and other family members. We also invite the media.
The public-private partnerships does fill a void in the District and demonstrates what great education opportunities can be created for students, despite budget cuts and a challenging economy. Local companies, such as BankAtlantic, as well as the Lawrence Sanders Foundation have joined the effort to help cover the costs of the teacher salaries.
comment posted February 16, 2009 at Tough Love for Xerox.
textbooklets here for newspaper people. .
textbooklets here for printers and their vendors