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Online Publishing / Document Sharing Web 2.0 Tools:Scribd and Docstoc
 Jerry Bates and Jason Siko (link: mrsiko.edublogs.org)
Introduction
Web 2.0 tools simplify online publishing, making it possible for authors to share(publish) their work by uploading the content in a variety of formats (e.g. .doc, .pdf,.ppt, etc.). For viewing purposes, the document can be displayed in a slide format,a page-turning format, or a scrolling format. The sites provide the ability to viewthese documents without the application (i.e. one does not need a .pdf reader toview a .pdf), although Flash needs to be installed on the browser. Documentsharing websites, such as Scribd and Docstoc (described below), offer coding toembed documents into blogs, wikis, and the like. Users can set privacy, copyright,and purchasing rights for the documents they upload. Publishing your documentswith one of the web 2.0 tools gives you the added benefit of online documentstorage, particularly when coupled with privacy features.
Examples of online publishing in the K12 setting
With an emphasis on professional presentation, these publishing tools arenaturals for showcasing students’ best work. Using a blog for portfolioreflections, students can then embed links to the finished products housed onone of the publishing sites. Consider publishing the student-generatedproducts from project based learning experiences.
 Teachers may utilize the online platform as a repository for the instructionalmaterials they create for use by students (e,g, course expectations,assessment rubrics, how-to guides).
Since this type of tool is preeminently a publication host, teachers andstudents alike ought to be able to access both content material andpedagogical instructional aids.
Instructional support personnel may find these tools very useful as a way topush professional development resources, either for first-time delivery orreferences after the fact.
Although they may be so used, these tools may not be the best choice fordevelopmental versions of student products.
Popular Services
Both Scribd (http://www.scribd.com) and Docstoc (http://www.docstoc.com) are free services, with simple sign up procedures. By default, documents are public, so itpays to carefully consider a distribution plan.
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