Interview with André Spang, @Tastenspieler: Remix the Textbook!

Each mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom, shares an example of the Mission in Action by a teacher I admire. When I was writing the Mission: Remix Learning in a Digital Textbook, I immediately thought about my good friend from Germany, André Spang, @Tastenspieler. I met André several years ago on #Edchat. When I looked at his profile I was astounded to see the inspiring work he accomplished with his students. One of his projects was getting his students to create digital textbooks for the Religion classes. He worked with adolescents and teenagers. They used Wikibooks to plan, license, and create the digital textbooks before publishing them as iBooks. I caught up with André this week and asked him to share his insights about students creating digital textbooks.

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​André Spang is a Cologne based educator (” the iPad-teacher“), pianist and composer. André Spang studied classical and jazz piano at the Colleges of Saarbrücken and Cologne, Germany and film scoring and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. André taught at a public high school in Cologne and is a lecturer at the University of Cologne for Music and Digital Media. He was a former lecturer at IMB of the University of Augsburg and at the University of applied sciences, Cologne. At his school, André coordinated the iPad Project and many projects about 21st Century Literacy, eg. the KAS Junior Experts and the KAS Digital Experts. ​André is a #DigitalLeadLearner, using web media and iPads in the classroom, an OER maker and a founder of the German Twitter chat, #EDchatDE. André is an Apple Distinguished Educator and member of the Kompetenz Team Köln, NRW for Media consulting since 2015. André is also a national and international speaker who has conducted many workshops, talks and webinars.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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