I first heard about Mr. Holman and his digital textbook towards the end of the 2012-13 school year. A mutual friend had told me about this teacher in Cleveland who is having his students create a digital textbook, and I thought I would really like to have my students create something similar. However, I had one major setback, I only have four iPads in my room, courtesy of our new textbook company. With my average class size being nearly 27 students, I then decided to write a grant in an attempt to get eight iPads for my classroom. I started the long process of writing a grant. I decided to reach out to Mr. Holman who was more than willing to offer encouragement and advice. My first grant attempt was partially funded and I was fortunate to receive enough money for two iPads. After receiving those two iPads, I decided to try my luck again for two more through Donorschoose.org. I was able to get enough support from friends and family to raise enough money for two more iPads in less than a weeks time.
Throughout the blog pal process, our students have viewed one anothers posts either as a front loading tool, teaching tool, and as a peer editing tool.