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ban the book report
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Ban the Book Report: Power of the Product
The Power of the Product: Creative, Meaningful,
& Daring Ways to Demonstrate Information Mastery
Inspired by our #EduCon Preso this #EngChat Conversation will feature:
This conversation will hopefully generate a wealth of viable, creative, and do able ideas to transform learning.
The Power of Choice - Ban the Book Report Teachers must strive to provide time, technology, materials, and makerspace
to let students create meaningful products that demonstrate information mastery. Alow students to go beyond the regular research report, and span the digital divide.
The products of this conversation, the collected tweets &
additions will generate layers of sharing, producing, and value.
**Article: 5 Ways to Fix Book Reports**
Or read my blog posting:
Twitter Style Book Reviews
Fakebook.uk Meets the Greek Gods
- 7th Grade Mythology Research
Here is an archive of #engchat May 23, 2011 "
Ban the Book Report: Power of the Product"
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. 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. So, now that I find myself in the position of assigning book reports, I figured it would be worthwhile to investigate other options. Thanks to technology, there are lots of alternatives!"
Check out these 12 alternatives to the traditional book report:
Create a movie trailer for the book using
Depict an alternate ending for the book using
Create a word cloud featuring important themes and motifs in the novel using
Create a comic strip summary of the novel using
Create a playlist for the novel using
and explain the song choices
Create a 3D model of an important building or location in the novel using
Create a web diagram of character relationships using
Create a fake Facebook profile for one of the main characters using
board summary for the novel and pin relevant images, links and videos
Create and post to a blog in the persona of one of the main characters using
Create trading cards for main characters using ReadWriteThink’s
Trading Card Generator
Create a fake text message conversation between the main characters using
Crowdsourced Preso from EduCon with Neat Ideas!
My Starter Tweets:
Livescribe Pencast book reviews - Engaging new tech!
#engchat #tlchat #nwp
Tweet this Book! Twitter Style Book Reviews Lesson
#engchat #tlchat #nwp
Wikipedia is not Wicked - Teach kids about Authority
#engchat #tlchat #edchat #nwp
Publish Online student book reviews - Using Google forms @wikispaces
#engchat #tlchat #edchat #nwp
Transliteracy! Multi-media: iMovie, podcast, animation, storyboard, or PSA #engchat #tlchat #nwp
Friend Me on Fakebook.uk! Fictional Social Media Conversations
#engchat #tlchat #nwp
Colbert Does it! Consider Retelling Plot (with added or parallel elements) or parody #engchat #tlchat #nwp
Check the Google Doc
for formative/summative Assessment examples Cool stuff! via @LiamDunphy
Poetry slam days - Rap a book Report - bring in the beats & give kids 10 min to write it out - instant performing & grading on fly!
I'll take Potent Plots for 400 Alex! Even simple Jeopardy PPT can engage kids & test readership!
Blabberize Book Reviews!
Ask Justin Beieber about his overdue books!
Musings & Resources:
Buzz words: reflective learner, authentic assessment, transliteracy
From my Sunday newspaper:
“'Davy and Daryl are learning about the world in a way few children do,' John says. They’re making change in foreign currencies, sampling local delicacies, and gaining a deeper understanding of humanity. Neither boy spoke a word of Spanish before they set out, but their language skills are more than up to speed now. And what geography text could do justice to waking and going to sleep in 24 hours of daylight on the Arctic tundra or seeing a volcano erupt in Ecuador?"
So...take kids to Mexican restaurant, have them order, etc. only using Spanish. Or Skype with Spanish-speaking students. Authentic assessment?
Buhler Legacy Project
"After reading the book 'Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs' we began a journey in our own community. We set out to find out what kind of wonders exist in Buhler, Kansas. During the project students began to investigate the Buhler community to find the treasures (wonders) that are a part of their everyday life. Students were encouraged to look at all aspects of our community as Eben did in the book. Students used the interview process and investigated sites, people and ideas in town to develop a list of possible wonders in Buhler. During this two year project students used a variety of technology tools to gather, process and record information about Buhler's past, present and future."
Product: Legacy Wiki
Kagan Structures Project
"Students in Angie Carter's 5th grade at Clark Elementary reviewed the Kagan Structures and text features they had been using in their classrooms to create useful activities for their schoolmates. Using images they selected from a variety of sources around the school, students created Kagan activities and compiled them together to make a book for the teachers to use in their classrooms as a way to review text features with their students. As a follow up activity and a great assessment review, students went to those classroom teachers' classes to complete a Kagan activity with their class."
Product: Book and PP; Students as experts & teachers
Welcome to Our School
"During this project students were asked to create a welcome video for their school. Students wrote interview questions, interviewed staff, and created the video using Movie Maker. Both English and Spanish versions were created."
Product: Welcome videos
*no samples provided
The Story of Our Evolution
Student YouTube video explaining human evolution (from
Kim Cofino's Projects
Community Services Consortium: Cemetery Project
Students clear and map neglected gravesites.
Product: Public service/cemetery conservation; archival information
The Egg-Drop Experiment: A Hands-On Investigative Activity
"The Classic "Egg-Drop" experiment has been a standard in science instruction for many years. Essentially, students are asked to construct some type of container that will keep a raw egg from cracking when dropped from ever-increasing elevations...With this activity, students will gain the ability to design a product (a container), evaluate the product, and communicate the process of design modification."
Product: experimental container; video
The Egg Drop Experiment
The Wolves' Lair is a range of resources for New Zealand students to gain an appreciation of, and practical experience in, preparing and pitching a business idea.
Product: Business plan, prototype product; possibility of actual business funding
MAHS Viking Boat Project
"This unique hands-on, interdisciplinary project got its start in the fall of 1995 when one of my eighth grade students brought in a picture of a Viking ship built by Danish boy scouts. After various inquires, we found Arne Emil Christensen at The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway who was willing to help. He and the museum supplied us with plans of a 21 foot boat that was found with the Gokstad Ship...Our goal for this project is to successfully replicate the 21 foot boat, sail it on a local lake with a crew of four and donate it to a museum."
Product: Working model of a Viking ship
Kylemonkey Builds a Go-Kart
"This project was done for a graduating grade at my high school. the grade on it was a 98% and i got a 95 on my speech (which was 12 minutes long.) this was the video i showed during my presentation."
Product: A Go-Kart
Read the update from 11/01/07:
" I found this project to be a big dissapointment to my highschool career. its honestly one of my biggest accomplishments i will ever complete in my lifetime, and i was not accredited properly... put more effort into this than most of thie kids didn on theirs in the 3000 student school. and the schools system wasnt professional enough to even notice my project. even though i felt like it was a horrible waste of time when i didnt get any awards, its still an accomplishment for me."
Student projects (links to multimedia projects)
http://eduscapes.com/seeds/ production/studentprojects. html
Assigning multi-media projects
http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ ATC/Collaboratory/Idea/ assigningmmprojects.html
*Evaluating multi-media projects
http://teams.lacoe.edu/ documentation/classrooms/ gayle/multimedia/evaluation. html
http://www.edutopia.org/ students-find-their-voices- through-multimedia
California Student Media Festival
Ironforge - 3D Multimedia student project
http://gajitz.com/diy-student- project-weather-balloon-makes- it-to-space/
"Discovering on their own" - p.2!
http://issuu.com/msstewart/ docs/ca_2010_winter_ discoveries/2?mode=a_p
http://www.edtechswami.com/ digital-storytelling-with- animoto-my-teachmeet- presentation/
http://glma.wordpress.com/ 2010/05/14/students-marketing- to-students-one-use-of- animoto/
http://www.clarke.k12.ga.us/ webpages/aplemmons/book_talks. cfm
http://newtownbee.com/ Features/2010-05-27__12-15-09/ Junior%2FSenior+Project+ Course+Wraps+Up+With+Student+ Presentations
http://www.brentwood.k12.ca. us/brentwood/links/gallery/ gursky/Class_proj/walking_ sticks/stick_insects.html
(some dead links...uses VoiceThread)
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ pfw/Members/ EduHomeSchoolResources.htm
http://www.k12science.org/ curriculum/bucketproj/index. html
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