One of Our Own – Published Author: New York’s Lisa Parisi

That’s right! Lisa Parisi (DEN STAR – NY) has had a book published by ISTE titled, ‘Making Connections with Blogging: Authentic Learning for Today’s Classroom’ with co-author Brian Crosby. The expected publication date is May 20, 2012, but if you head on over to the link you can pre-order it.
I had a chance to discuss some aspects of the book with Lisa and below is our ‘conversation’:
How did you write the book when you live so far away from each other? 
Brian and I used Google docs to write the book.  We would skype about once a week to talk about updates and changes we had made during the week.
Why did you and Brian decide to write the book?
We are very passionate about bringing technology into the classroom and about blogging.  We first met through ClassBlogmeister, since our kids were commenting to each other.  As we got further and further into blogging, more and more of our PLN started asking us for advice.  We decided it was time to write a book.
Who is the target audience?
This book is designed for educators who work with children ages 7 – 12.  It covers all subjects.  It also covers different standards from different countries so it works internationally.
What was the process?
When we won an ISTE online learning award, my congratulations letter came with a letter that said if I was ever interested in publishing a book, they would love to do so.  I put that idea in the back of my mind and when Brian and I started talking about the book, I immediately went to ISTE.  We sent them a letter and a table of contents.  They sent us a contract and we began to write.  This summer, we met Courtney from ISTE who took over the publication of our book and it is now available for preorders.  The book will be out in May and Brian and I are doing an ISTE presentation about blogging at San Diego so we hope to do a book signing there.
Did you ever get together face-to-face to work?
The only time we ever got together face-to-face was at Educon after the book was completed.  We both went to the conference and took a couple of lunches to go through the book and decided what was still needed.  It was almost a superfluous visit.  We had spoken so much on line and through skype that we really knew what we were doing already.
Is there anything you would like to add to our conversation?
I am in the process of writing a new book, with Karen Janowski, on UDL in the classroom.  ISTE will be publishing that one too.  Maybe by next summer.  LOL
We wish Lisa and Brian much success with their book, and who knows, it might make the New York Times Best Seller list!

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