This presentation will show you how to transform a standard post-reading assignment into an interactive, creative and dynamic activity that allows students to not only show understanding but also to apply and share their reading experiences with others. I would also like for you to consider how you can use these tools for other types of learning experiemces.
The tools we will explore gives students instruction and practice in multiple curriculum areas.
Here are a few ways Booktalks transform the standard book report into a whole new learning experience. Booktalks involve creating a product, sharing it and discussing it. Booktalks can be created by you to spark interest and discussion in your students, but also can be done by students!
Blogs are specifically designed for sharing information. They are not just places for personal diaries or public ranting anymore. They are a perfect way for students to participate in the modern world of information-sharing with an academic intent. State and national learning standards require us to teach and model safe, ethical practices for online communication. (Those are listed on the GLEs and Standards slide) Most kids are already sharing information on social networking sites and are drawn to using these tools. Why not for learning? I have seen my students take great pride in the quality of the work they share with others. They motivate themselves and each other far more than I can alone.
This is an example of a 5th grade class’ Booktalk blog. The title and author of the book is shown as the title of the blog which allows it to be easily accessed at anytime through the “Search This Blog” box as well as through the archive (organized by the date it was posted). Notice that the student’s name is listed as first name and last initial only (when necessary). This is the perfect opportunity to instruct and discuss online safety and privacy. The Comments area, directly below the Booktalk video, is the sharing and discussing piece. Sharing is not presenting the product and leaving it. Sharing is also discussing the product and learning from the discussion. The Booktalk becomes a tool for continuing the learning process past the creation and presentation date. This should be a focus for the students and teacher.
Instead of just watching the slides, open up your Internet browser and go through these steps with me. In a few minutes your blog will be ready to use. This slide show will be available on the LMC homepage for future reference as well. Type in the URL shown on the screen and click “Create a Blog.” Type in the required information. We’ll pause for a moment to let you do this. Let me know if you have any problems.
Step two asks you to name your blog. You may choose any name. My suggestion is to keep it easy for students to remember so that merely finding the blog does not become a hindrance to their using the blog. It is typical for the name of the blog to be the same, or at least similar, to the blog address. Let me know if you are having problems.
Now the fun part. We could spend quite a while looking at the different templates. Click on the “Preview Template” link to see a full size version. Remember that this can be EASILY changed at any time. Considering our limited time together, look at one or two then choose one you like “for now.”
When you see this screen (minus the “congratulations”) you have a blog! Let’s do what the orange arrow says and START BLOGGING!
We will not go into every detail of managing the blog. Please spend some time later clicking all the tabs and exploring all the options. For those of you not entirely comfortable in this world, don’t be afraid to “click around.” You’re not going to break it and many of your students will depend on your being comfortable using the blog. A few important aspects… the TITLE box is obvious but very important. This is how each post will be referenced. Be consistent with how you list each Booktalk so it is easily found in the archive. At any time, you can see what your blog looks like by clicking on “view blog.” Most of the icons should be familiar to you from using word processing programs. One that may not be is the “hyperlink” icon. This allows you to link to any other Website just by entering that site’s URL into the box. Notice the “Compose” tab circled in the upper right. Use this when entering text and hyperlinks. We will use the “Edit Html” tab to imbed the Booktalk later.
A common concern about blogs is keeping them safe and age-appropriate when they are accessible to all via Internet. Click on the “Settings” tab at the top and look at all your options. Remember, you want students to be able to access the blog without problems or laborious steps. Many of you will want to have control over which comments will be seen, however. This is where you can set that up. Take a few moments to look at the different options. These can always be changed at any time. Let me know if you have problems or questions.
Animoto is a Web-based tool that can be used to create these fabulous Booktalks. Joyce Valenza says. “Animoto is a magically-easy way to grab attention, produce professional-looking public relations products, archive an event, visually showcase our best, and create new visual contexts.” (Valenza) The description you see here is from the Website itself. I could not describe it any better than this!
Add a new tab in your browser and type in the URL on the screen.
You have been provided with a password. Log in with your school email account. Using your school account is important when you have students using their own Animoto accounts. They can share them with you and they know your school address. We don’t want to make it more difficult by asking them to remember a separate email for this.
You should see a page similar to this one. Unless you have already been using Animoto, your “My Videos” page will be empty. In the future, however, you will see two sections listed here: open projects and finished videos. Let’s look around the site a little before we create a video.
Clicking on “Videos from Friends” should bring up one video: “Welcome to Animoto.” I encourage you to watch that on your own time. My page shows three additional videos that were created by my students and shared with me. We will look at how to do that later.
“iPhone videos” is still a work in progress on Animoto. The app is currently available to download on the iPhone and students with this phone should be encouraged to use it. They are already using their phones every minute they can, why not use them to learn and share their learning? For those of us without iPhones, let’s do this the “old-fashioned” way.
Click “Create Video.” You have the option of Full Length or Short, which is 30 seconds. Depending on the task, the Short is completely adequate, but Full Length will always work. Click on one of them.
Notice there are 3 tabs denoting 3 steps: imagery, music and finalize. In the right margin you will always see helpful hints and information about your video. Images can be uploaded from the computer or retrieved from another site. This is another case where safety and ethics come into play. Teach students how to search and gather images effectively and legally. Flickr.com is an excellent resource for finding images students can use without copyright problems. They DO have to be cited, however. Look at Bobbi Newman’s blog page listed on the Works Cited slide for information on citing images from Flickr. For now, we will use images from Animoto’s collection. They are automatically cited in the video. Click on “Select from our collection” and choose a category.
You can click on one image at a time and add it to the video by clicking done, or use the Control key and select as many as you want. You can always return for more. Click “Done.”
The images you selected are in your “storyboard.” They can be rearranged by clicking and dragging. They can be rotated, shuffled and deleted with the icons below. The “add more” icon will allow you to go back and select more images. Try using some of these now.
To add text, click the “T: add text” icon and you will see where you can add your text to the right. Text spaces will be inserted before the image you select but can be added and moved wherever you want them by clicking and dragging. Try it. Click the blue “done” tab when you have the text you want and then click the black “done” tab on the storyboard to take us to the next step.
Again, music can be selected from their collection or uploaded from another source. Here is another place students will be tempted to plagiarize. Use this as a teachable moment. Unlike the dreaded research paper, students want to find sources they can use for this. Help them do it correctly. The simpler option is to choose from the many options in the Animoto library. They will be cited automatically.
Select a category and find your music! I have been surprised at how well students are able to choose music that makes sense with their images and story. Remember they watch music videos on tv and YouTube all the time! They know what works (most of the time). Listen to the selection by clicking the “play” circle and add it to your video by clicking the “select” circle. Everything can be done and re-done as many times as necessary!
Pacing allows you to speed the video up or slow it down. I usually just leave it where it is, but please experiment so you can best advise your students. Click “Continue.”
This is probably the most important step in the process. A Title is required as well as a producer name. Since this will be seen online, students should not be using their full name. A description is not a required field but it is a great place to add a short intro or hook. It is also the easiest place to add any citations needed. The Text fields in the video are often too short to hold the entire citation. This is a critical point! Please let me know if you need guidance in this area. It is important but not hard!
The video will take a few minutes to render and then show up like this, ready to preview. Click on “Video Toolbox” to view the many options you have now.
Students will be delighted to see they can share their videos on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and by email with one click of the buttons in the upper right corner. The envelope icon there, or the “Share” button in the center will allow them to send it to you. They enter your email address and it will show up in the “Videos from Friends” section we looked at earlier. From this page, videos can also be edited, remixed, deleted or embedded. Click on “Embed.”
This code is what you need to post the video on the blog. Yes, we’re finally back to that. This is why we set up that blog in the first place. Click on “Copy Code.” Then click on the tab to your blog post that has been sitting there all this time.
Now click on the “Edit Html” tab I mentionedwe would need and paste the code into the text box. (Right Click, Paste; Control v; Edit, paste) Click on Publish Post, then View Blog.
Now your blog has a video ready to be viewed by all. No comments yet, of course, but we’ll all wait and see what everyone has to say.
This is from my own experience. Let’s take a moment now to discuss how these tools can work for you and answer any questions you may have.
Perkins Lis 5260 Final Pd Presentation
The New Book Report<br />Jen Perkins<br />LIS 5260<br />Professional Development<br />May 3, 2010<br />
GLEs and Literacy Standards<br />AASL 21st Century Leaner Standards<br />Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge<br />1.1.6, 1.1.8, 1.1.9, 1.2.3, 1.3.1, 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.5<br />Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge<br />2.1.2, 2.1.5, 2.1.6, 2.2.4<br />Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society<br />3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.6, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.3.4, 3.3.5, 3.3.7<br />Pursue personal and aesthetic growth<br />4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.1.5, 4.1.6, 4.1.7, 4.1.8, 4.2.2, 4.3.1, 4.3.4<br />Missouri Grade Level Expectations: Grade 6<br />Communication Arts<br /> Reading <br /> 1H, 1I, 2C<br /> Writing <br /> 1A, 2A, 2D, 3A<br /> Information Literacy <br /> 1B, 1D<br />Information and Communications Technology Literacy <br />1B, 2A, 3B, 4A, 5B, 5C, 6A, 6B<br />
Multiple Learning Styles<br />Visual Literacy<br />Why Booktalk not Book Report?<br />Creative<br />Information Synthesis NOT Regurgitation<br />Lasting<br />High Interest = FUN!!<br />Can be shared with a WIDE learning community<br />
“In addition to the written entries, many blog pages display photos and videos. Most blogs also provide a means by which readers can write and leave comments after each blog entry. The blogger can, in turn, reply to those comments and thereby create an online discussion. Some bloggers join together to form communities” (Jones)<br />A Blog?<br />
Animoto is…<br />…a web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using their own patent-pending technology and high-end motion design. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced on a widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer. (About Animoto)<br />
Tips & Suggestions<br />Show examples of other Booktalks before having students do their own. <br />Use my class or Ms. Monson’s 5th Grade Blog http://pettuselemmonson.blogspot.com for instance. <br />Have parents sign a permission slip for their students to have their own Animoto account. Otherwise sign them in under your account.<br />Too many students using the same account at the same time will result in mixed videos. Have only a few working simultaneously. <br />Have students “storyboard” their Booktalk on paper/PowerPoint/etc. before creating it so they have an idea of what kind of images they want to find and what they want to say. <br />Stay current with monitoring comments and viewing the blog as a class. Nothing is worse than an “old” blog. <br />Get feedback. Is this working? Are your students more interested now in reading and writing and sharing?<br />View and show my video tutorial for using Animoto at http://www.screencast.com/users/jenperkins/folders/Jing/media/14c9642a-7c1d-48d6-bc6b-10116c41c9f0<br />
Works Cited<br />AASL. “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.” AASL. ALA, 2010. Web. 3 May 2010. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/AASL_Learning_Standards_2007.pdf<br />“About Animoto.” Animoto.com. Animoto Productions, 2010. Web. 3 May 2010. http://animoto.com/company/<br />“Grade and Course Level Expectations and Resources.” Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education. Missouri.gov. 2010. Web. 3 May 2010. http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/GLE/<br />Homepage. Ms. Monson’s 5th Grade Blog. N.p., 2010. Web. 3 May 2010. http://pettuselemmonson.blogspot.com/<br />Jones, Steve. "Blog." World Book Student. World Book, 2010. Web. 28 April 2010. http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar753129&st=blog<br />Newman, Bobbi L. “How to Attribute a Creative Commons Photo from Flickr.” Librarian by Day. N. p., 28 Sep. 2009. Web. 3 May 2010. http://librarianbyday.net/2009/09/how-to-attribute-a-creative-commons-photo-from-flickr/<br />Valenza, Joyce. “Announcing: Animoto for Education.” Never Ending Search. School Library Journal. 4 Apr., 2008. Web. 3 May 2010. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/1340000334/post/1560024356.html?q=Animoto<br />