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The School Book Report Gets an Update. Note: This is a guest post from Barbara DeSantis, a K-12 Technology Integration Educator from Sayreville, NJ.

The School Book Report Gets an Update

Have your students use Animoto to create a book trailer! To enhance the final product, link your finished Animoto videos to the books in your classroom or school library via QR codes. The school librarian and I worked with middle school students to create book trailers. Here is an example of a trailer that a some students came up with: Final copy AF+DB Here are the steps we took, plus suggestions from my own experience to ensure your project is a success: 1.

Share pre-made book trailers with your students. 2. While some students used a formal storyboard, others used an outline to develop the script. 23 iPad Alternatives to the Book Report. EmailShare 1136EmailShare Upon hearing that they will have to read another book students usually roll their eyes and moan in disagreement.

23 iPad Alternatives to the Book Report.

So to make the reading process more fun for them we let them chose their own book and their own creative assignment. There are three parts to the book report: A summary and personal opinionB character analysis,C creative assignment. Book Report Ideas. Technology-Enhanced Book Report Ideas - WYES Media Center. 21st Century Book Reports with iMovie Trailers. Apple did an awesome thing when they added the trailer feature into iMovie.

21st Century Book Reports with iMovie Trailers

You can easily create a professional looking video in literally minutes. Whether you are using the Mac version (desktop/laptop) or the iPad App, there are so many ways students can use iMovie Trailers to show their learning. Here is a short list: Book Trailers Commercials Promotional Digital Storytelling Project Based Learning Science Projects Famous People The list goes on..... The iMovie app is so simple to use, and if you are also using Google Apps for Education, the Open-in Feature within Google Drive allows you to share photos and video footage between ipads or computers to promote collaboration. You start by uploading the data to Google Drive, then on the iPad select the footage, then the open-in feature by selecting iMovie, or another compatible app. Watch this short video that explains the Book Trailer process from a student's perspective.

View more projects on Ms. 10 great 21st century book report ideas. We all remember the assignment.

10 great 21st century book report ideas

The dreaded book report. Depending on the grade level, the report was to be either a simple one pager or up to ten pages of in-depth analysis. And the book? In my experience, teachers gave us the chance to pick our own books to read without any sense of content focus. And I was never really sure why we had to read books and write reports on them. Book Report Ideas Using Technology. Book Reports and Technology Book reports have been a way to access reading comprehension for decades.

Book Report Ideas Using Technology

It can, however, be a student's least favorite part of reading. Traditionally, a student reads a book, the students writes a review or report on the book, and then the student turns in the report or may share it aloud with the class. To be honest, this experience is seldom enriching for the student or classmates and can often be the least engaging experience the student will have in school. 4 Ideas to Bring Book Reports Back to Life with Technology.

As routine and antiquated as book reports might seem, they’re still valuable assignments to assess reading comprehension, writing skills and even critical thinking.

4 Ideas to Bring Book Reports Back to Life with Technology

And with new digital tools for the classroom, there are ways to make book reports exciting and new again. Here’s how: Video Book ReportsWhile writing skills are extremely important, encourage higher engagement by allowing students to do a portion of their book reports using video. Although video book reports will not allow you to measure writing skills specifically, you can still assess comprehension, creativity and organization.

5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports. This afternoon someone emailed me asking for some suggestions for tools for creating book trailer videos.

5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports

It has been two years since I last wrote about the topic so I created a new list of tools for creating book trailers. Five Alternatives to Traditional Book Reports. On Tuesday evening I gave a presentation in Second Life for school librarians and media specialists.

Five Alternatives to Traditional Book Reports

12 Alternatives To The Traditional Book Report. Book report project assignment: read a book, summarize the book’s plot and major themes, write a paper, and present it to your classmates.

12 Alternatives To The Traditional Book Report

Rinse and repeat. Traditional book reports have been a staple of English classrooms for years. They can be valuable ways of assessing student skills like summarizing and synthesis. In fact, a book report was my first homework assignment in America when I moved here in the third grade. Of course, after years of the same assignment, the novelty quickly wore off and I started dreading the review process.

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10 Technology Enhanced Alternatives to Book Reports

Kelly Tenkely Kelly Tenkely is a technology teacher in a private school. Kelly also trains teaching staff on integrating and implementing technology into the classroom.