Letting the Magic Happen Using technology to connect, engage and motivate students

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  • Letting the Magic Happen

    Using technology to connect, engage and motivate students


  • You will quickly be known as the coolest librarian in the building.#5Avatar created on Yahoo

  • # 4 How many people can say that turning yourself into a talking Simpsons character is part of their job?Avatar Created on www.simpsonsmovie.com

  • # 3There is nothing like telling the district IT guy that you want a new technology site opened.and that 120 seventh grade students will all be using it within the next week.

  • GoAnimate.com

  • # 2

  • TOO DIFFICULT?!?GoAnimate.com

  • TAKES TOO LONG?!?!GoAnimate.com

  • WEIRD STUFF?!?!GoAnimate.com

  • Its quickIts easyNot a lot of extra stuff

  • # 1

  • Curriculum drives the lessonPicture courtesy of Dan.. On Flickr

  • Mary Beth Becker7th grade Team Leader and ELA Teacher

  • Book Commercials with VoiceThread

    ELA Standard 4: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction. Standards for 21st Century Learners: Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

  • Shark Life by Peter Benchley

  • Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook

  • Newbery Authors with Animoto, Voicethread and PollDaddyELA Standard 3:Students will read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.Standards for 21st Century Learner: Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

  • Introduction to Booktalk

  • Model of presentation

  • Student Participation in Assessment

  • EcosystemsAn Inquiry ResuscitationStandard 4 Science: Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment. Standards for 21st Century Learners 1: Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

  • Digital BooktalksPowerpoint and AnimotoIntegrating technology designed to meet the needs of different types of learnersthe use of video, images, songs, sound and active role-playing are all utilized to engage and interest students.

  • Al Capone Does My Shirtsby Gennifer CholdenkoPhoto courtesy of daryl_mitchell on Flickr

  • And even more AnimotoPut together a video of your program to share on Parents Night . See an example from an Arts in Education grant.

  • And even more AnimotoStudents could create a video with pictures and a song from a historical time period (Civil War, Depression) and write an essay explaining how it represents the era. Video

  • And even more AnimotoPresenting in front of a group? Start with a video to get people's attention. Library Outreach Music Video.

  • Working with your friendly IT department.

  • My Space Project

  • Picture courtesy of Picture Perfect Pose on Flickr




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    BandwithMicrophoneEasy for students as well as teachersJust like sesame street, its possible to engages and motivates students while having fun 7th grade ELA ClassWide audience Peers as well as family members 8th grade ELA Class. Standard report read newbery book and the research the author.Integrated Web 2.0 technology and some inquiry elements to get the studetns more motivated and engaged.

    Excitement and interestThe middle school students have a bad tendency of using powerpoint to write evrything they are going to sayword for word. Scafforded instruction Presentation versus recitationAll students had input on final products, not just teachers

    8th grade Earth Science ClassTEMPERATE FOREST or TUNDRAStudents could choose their topicsInductive reasoningNot an abstract concept real world connections with Google Earth

    Used in grades 6 through 12 Student-produced book commercials are also showcasedUse sparingly at least are regular booktalksStart off most of my booktalks with Animoto video not all, just when appropriate.Not necessary for realistic teen fiction (sex, drugs, death and angst is enough to interest them)More for middle school and relunctant readersImagine being 12 years oldand living in the most dangerous prison in the United States. In 1935, prison guards and their families lived on Alcatraz, a maximum security prison in the middle of San Francisco Bay, where the most dangerous prisoners were kept. One of the prisoners was Al Capone, a notorious gangster. Moose, the 12 year old boy, lives on Alcatraz with his family because his father is a prison guard. This is his story about how Al Capone would wash his shirts, as part of his prison job and how Moose tried to live a normal lifeon ALcatrez.When the emperor was divine *Being a kid can really stink. And no one knows this better than Greg, who has just started middle school, where undersized weaklings like him have to share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner and already shavingtwice a day.We are both professionals and not defensiveAppreciate his helpDD gift cardsLook for a way to compromise and respect his opinionCant rely on third party sites. Always need a backup