Last Spring I answered a cryptic tweet from a fellow educator from Ohio. The vague tweet provided revolved around wanting to create a global poetry book. Not being one to miss out on an opportunity for my building's students to miss out on collaboration or publication opportunities, I signed up. Shortly thereafter, The World is My Audience (#twima) was born.
This fall, students from over 30 schools around the globe used the app Book Creator to write poems about their state. At the time, our fifth grade class was in the middle of a poetry unit, and I knew the creativity and love of writing this class embodies would be a perfect fit for this project. I met with the class and we drafted their poem "All About Iowa." This group of students never cease to amaze me, and I was blown away with the final version of their poem! The students were thrilled to hear their creation would be read by people around the globe, and have anxiously waited for months as the book was being compiled and ready to submit for publication.
Today, the collaborative project came to a close as the book was officially released, and is available for download at the iBooks Store. If you're willing, our students would love for you to download a copy of the eBook and leave a review! Our "All About Iowa" poem is on page 96. While it is the end of this project, plans have already begun for a second book, and there are many other opportunities available for global collaboration.