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  • 1. Innovative Use of Technology Created By: Jeremy Love
  • 2.
    • A literature circle is a collaborative book study.
    • A group of students are read the same book and meets frequently to discuss chapters using roles to evaluate specific aspects of the book.
    • A cumulative project is created and presented after finishing the book.
  • 3.
    • The first part of my innovative technology project brings the traditional literature circle to the collaborative online world.
  • 4.
    • The students will be introduced to a group of students from another school.
    • They will participate in an online literature circle with members from their class and their pen pal class.
    • The students will share their thoughts/findings using an online wiki.
  • 5.
    • Before starting the project, several important steps must be done to ensure success.
      • The teacher must locate a collaborative classroom from another district and set up the parameters for the project.
      • Student accounts must be created through pbWiki.
      • The individual literature circle pages must be created on pbWiki. This is where the student collaboration will take place.
      • It would also be helpful if students are familiar with the literature circle process as well as posting information to the internet.
  • 6.
    • Computer Lab (30 computers with internet access)
      • Each student will need computer space to save files
      • Each student will need access to the internet
    • Voice Recording Device/Software
    • Digital Camera
    • pbWorks wiki page - http://jelove1127.pbworks.com/w/page/49908194/Mr%20Love%27s%20Wiki
      • Teacher created wiki page divided into student accessible pages
      • Each student will need a unique login/password
    • Voice Thread online program - http://voicethread.com/
    • WallWisher online program - http://www.wallwisher.com/ (embedded in the wiki)
    • SumoPaint online program - http://www.sumopaint.com/start/
  • 7.
    • The students will write a brief paragraph about themselves and record their biography using a voice recording device
    • The teacher will then upload student photos and biography recordings to VoiceThread to create brief online presentations for each student.
  • 8.
    • The students will be divided into literature circles. The groups will consist of 6 members (3 from each school).
    • The VoiceThread presentations will be uploaded to each groups’ wiki page.
  • 9.
    • The students will view the VoiceThread presentations of their group members.
    • In the comments section of the wiki, the students can get to know each other by asking questions and commenting on the presentations made by their group members.
  • 10.
    • After introductions, the literature circles will begin.
    • Students will be expected to set reading deadlines and post their findings on the appropriate pbWiki group page once a week.
  • 11.
    • Each group will have their own page for posting their responses and setting up due dates.
    • Each job within the group has an appropriate page to post their weekly responses.
  • 12.
    • Artful Artist
      • It is the Artful Artist’s job to draw a picture of something interesting from the book using the Sumo Paint online program and upload that picture onto the group wiki.
      • The Artful Artist must also write 2-3 sentences detailing why they chose to draw that part of the book.
  • 13.
    • Super Summarizer
      • The Super Summarizer must give a summary of the chapter(s) read.
      • They will post their findings about characters, setting, plot, problem/solution, etc on the group wiki page.
  • 14.
    • Word Wizard
      • The Word Wizard will choose several words or a single passage they found interesting and add it to the WallWisher wall.
      • WallWisher allows students to post their thoughts on a “sticky note” and fix it to a wall. This program is embedded on the pbWiki page.
  • 15.
    • Bridge Builder
      • The Bridge Builder will type a detailed connection they made about the reading (Text to Self, Text to Text, and Text to World).
      • These connections (bridges) will be typed on the group wiki page.
  • 16.
    • In addition, the students will be expected to respond to at least two of their group mates.
    • To respond, the students will comment beneath the post using red colored font.
  • 17.
    • Each student will have two roles in the literature circle each week. Those roles will rotate.
    • The students will continue the process until the book has been completed.
    Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four Student #1 SS/AA WW/BB SS/AA WW/BB Student #2 WW/BB SS/AA WW/BB SS/AA Student #3 SS/AA WW/BB SS/AA WW/BB Student #4 WW/BB SS/AA WW/BB SS/AA Student #5 SS/AA WW/BB SS/AA WW/BB Student #6 WW/BB SS/AA WW/BB SS/AA
  • 18.
    • The second part of my innovative technology project has the students creating and sharing a collaborative presentation for their book.
  • 19.
    • The students will work together within their group to create a digital story about their book.
    • The students will share their final project with their classmates and group mates from their pen pal school using video conferencing equipment.
  • 20.
    • Before starting the project, several important steps must be done to ensure success.
      • The teacher will work with their pen pal school to set up a time frame for project completion and a date to share the projects.
      • Group work spaces must be created on pbWiki. This is where the students will write their scripts for the digital story.
      • Graphic organizers need to be created for the students to use to organize their images for the digital story.
      • The teacher will also want to familiarize the students with MS Paint, GIMP and Windows Movie Maker.
  • 21.
    • Video conferencing equipment (GenNet room)
      • Webcam, Internet connection, microphone, computer
    • Windows Movie Maker computer software
    • GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program
    • Microsoft Paint
    • Digital camera
    • Voice Recorder
    • Computer Lab (30 computers with internet access)
      • Each student will need access to the internet
    • pbWorks wiki page -
      • Teacher created wiki page divided into student accessible pages
      • Each student will need a unique login/password
  • 22.
    • The students will work with group mates from their school to write a script about their book.
    • The teacher will give students a list of prompts. The group decides which prompt to use.
  • 23.
    • Using the appropriate pbWiki page, the students from each class will collaborate on a script for their digital story.
  • 24.
    • Next, the students will work together using a graphic organizer, to decide what pictures they need to go with their script.
  • 25.
    • Next, the teacher will assist the students in taking pictures for their digital story using a digital camera.
    • In addition, the students will record their story using an audio recording device.
  • 26.
    • The students will use the GIMP photo editing program to cut themselves out of the original pictures.
    • They will then paste those images into Microsoft Paint.
    • Using Microsoft Paint, the students will add backgrounds and additional characters.
  • 27.
    • The students will then take the media (images and audio) and put it together in Windows Movie Maker.
    • Using features of the program, the students will add title and credit slides as well as aligning the recording with their images.
  • 28.
    • Using video conferencing equipment (cameras, recording devices, projector), each group will share their digital stories with their group mates from the pen pal class.
    • Time will be given for students to comment and reflect on the projects.
  • 29.
    • Part One
    • pbWorks wiki page - http://jelove1127.pbworks.com/w/page/49908194/Mr%20Love%27s%20Wiki
    • Voice Thread online program - http://voicethread.com/
    • WallWisher online program - http://www.wallwisher.com/ (embedded in the wiki)
    • SumoPaint online program - http://www.sumopaint.com/start/
  • 30.
    • Part Two
    • pbWorks wiki page - http://jelove1127.pbworks.com/w/page/49908194/Mr%20Love%27s%20Wiki
    • GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program - http://www.gimp.org/