Providing valuable feedback to students in a timely manner can be a challenge. The more time that passes between an assignment's submission and the teacher's feedback, the less meaningful that feedback becomes.
As a teacher, I spend my days helping students express themselves through the written and spoken word. Increasingly, I find myself seeking ways to incorporate more authentic, visual experiences as well.
Allowing students to step outside the publishing box not only teaches them some cool new tech tools, but more importantly, it also helps them consider important (yet often overlooked) elements in their work such as audience, tone and imagery.