I am always looking for ways to include and incorporate technology into my lessons to make them more meaningful. When we first got our netbooks in the spring, I needed to introduce them to my first graders. We read the book "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds and then used Microsoft Paint to create a dot of our own. This gave them some ownership of their own creation, created relationships with a story and allowed them to practice using the netbooks.
Also in the spring, my fifth graders worked on doing Voki
Book Reviews. After reading a book, they created a script for their
book reviews and then created an avatar to speak the review for them.
They loved this project. The script had to be written, peer edited and
rewritten. When they typed the the script in to create a voice for
their Voki, they had to spell correctly and use correct punctuation for
the avatar to speak correctly. Basically, if you can't understand what
your avatar is saying, you made some mistakes that need to be
is the link to my library blog where you can see samples. Students
love looking at their own creations and watching others. These actually
led to a bunch of checkouts for the books they used.
fourth grade students created Vodcast book reviews. They had the same
basic requirements as the Voki book reviews but they video taped each
other instead of using an avatar to tell about their story. My library
blog has an example of those as well.
has told me that kids love to use technology to create and share
information. Students who typically hate writing, didn't make a fuss at
all knowing what was in store for them with the Voki's. And students
who knew they would be videotaped took the extra time to make sure they
were fluent with their retell. These projects gave myself, my students
and their teachers a whole new perspective of book reports.