[westies] ideas

  • From: "Kearney, Robert" <BKEARNEY@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <westies@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 12:41:15 -0800

        Hope all you guys are having a good Christmas season and that those 
that have a new job, like Coy, are doing well.  With Obama coming in, K-12 
education promises to be an exciting area for the next few years. I like his 
choice for Sect of Education.  
        I have two ideas to run by you.  Actually both are very similar. 
1.      In my spare time I have tried my hand at story writing and have 
finished one called “The Orange Sun and the Green Flash”.  It’s aimed at 5-6th 
grade level kids, but it has science things most adults are not familiar with.  
I would like to have 5th or 6th grade kids illustrate the story and I 
tentatively plan to self publish on Amazon…or another place…, there are a 
number.  If it makes any money, I would like to split the money with the kids 
or with the school.  So, I put a draft of the story on-line.  What do you think 
of this as a project for some kids, and is there any interest in this at any of 
your schools?  The story is at http://mysite.verizon.net/bkkearney/Stories/ 
under Red Orange Sun

2.      Any book published over 75 years ago (before 1923) is in the public 
domain and kids could do their own illustrations of these books and publish 
anyway they want.  If the publication date is less than 75 years ago they may 
be able to do this also, but this needs to be investigated case by case.  The 
US copyright office web site has further comments.   So this means kids can do 
their own illustrations for a large number of books and they could then engage 
in reading the book with a different eye, ask different questions,  decide how 
the illustrations would fit in with the story line, how they would enhance the 
story, or how illustrations might change the story.  There would be a lot of 
extended learning for the kids. They could learn about copyright law, layout 
publishing programs, etc.  Many school systems do their own yearbook and 
probably already have OK software publishing programs.  In any case the 
software is not expensive.  

My oldest son Tom is in his last year of law school and will be working in 
intellectual property law when he get through with the CA. bar exam next 
summer.  So I have an in to check out legal matters.  Actually I think you 
could get some federal monies to develop this concept.  It combines art, 
literature, and technology, and I hope NCLB will be modified soon to include 
performance/product based assessment.  Maybe it could develop into a “Westies” 
Right now it is snowing here in Idaho and the temp promises to continue 
hovering about zero.  But some of our grandkids are coming at the end of the 
week, and Santa, as always, will get through.
bob K

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