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Never before have learner response activities been built into an eBook. With your support, Devious Devin will be the first.

About this project

In school, did you ever feel left out of a discussion?  Did you ever want to participate, but weren’t given the opportunity?  Were you ever afraid to speak up?  One of my 7th grade students told me, “I don’t participate in some of my classes because I’m afraid I will say something wrong." 

“Research shows that a lack of student engagement is predictive of dropping out.” - Alliance for Education

The purpose of this project is:

  • To provide an interactive and engaging learning experience for students across the globe.
  • To pave the way for the future of collaborative response in schools.
”I'm most excited about giving my students a chance to participate in pure safety with immediate feedback."  - Ms. Swaney, Language Arts Teacher

I truly appreciate your help with this unprecedented curricular experiment...the first ever collaborative response eBook!

What We Already Have:

  • I’ve already written and illustrated Devious Devin’s Blog of Pranks.
  • I’ve already created many of the curricular activities associated with the book. (See a sample here) 
  • A team of developers have already created a working prototype for one collaborative graphic organizer.  (See this post)

About Collaborative Response:

In a collaborative response environment, all students respond simultaneously, usually to a prompt, passage, or problem.  Instructors don’t have to single out students to call on.  Students don’t have to wait to be called on.  Student responses create discussion threads.  Learner responses can be viewed in graphic organizers and other intriguing visuals that give deeper meaning and build connections between concepts.


An Example:

A 6th grade class finishes reading the first chapter of Devious Devin’s Blog of Pranks on their tablets or other mobile devices.  After entering a class code, students type ideas regarding possible causes and effects of Devin’s devious ways.  All students’ responses are displayed in a fishbone diagram on the teacher’s screen.  The teacher can read the thoughts of all students as they appear on her screen in real time.  Students can learn from one another using this quick and efficient process.

About Devious Devin:

Devious Devin's Blog of Pranks is an illustrated middle grade novel of 14,000 words illustrated novel written for middle graders.

With ample time on his hands during the summer, Devin pesters his little brother, Wendell, with pranks and booby traps. He posts the details of his devious deeds to a blog in order to keep in touch with his two best friends who are away for the summer. He also illustrates his narratives, which his friends playfully tease him about on occasion.  Eventually he crosses the line, and must swallow his pride in order to reconcile ruined relationships. 

Even though Devious Devin has a humorous tone, the narrator learns some serious, heart-felt lessons as his family endures difficult economic struggles. 
How the Money Will Be Used:

My talented team of developers will be paid for the time and labor to create fourteen the end-of-chapter collaborative response activities, which will require significant front-end and back-end development.

Editing and publishing services will be purchased from my friends at Bookbyte Digital.

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    BACKER I - You get the above email, plus the eBook (not enhanced) in epub, mobi or pdf (readable with Kindle, Nook, iDevices, and other readers)

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