Great reading and visuals at Scholastic’s Reading Report
Screenshot sourced from the report above and redesigned using ComicBook app.
A group of Year 3 students have been experimenting with the green screen as a means to share their learning this term. These students have been considering ways to evaluate, reflect and report on reading.
These green screen movie reflections were created using a variety of apps on the iPad (using the video, camera, drawing and green screen apps).
This is what the students have thought about the process so far…
See below for two reviews they have created. When the students create their next review (in Term Two) they will direct this (almost) independently, with the aim to become experts for the other students in the class, teaching how to use the green screen and its associated apps.
These reviews are not polished presentations but have been created in a short time frame as a tool to engage and enhance the learning experience.
Today the students were introduced to the concept of a book hook to ‘sell’ the book to another reader.
See “How to write a book hook” wiki how with pictures.
The students shared why someone should ‘read’ this map.
As the students become more confident and self reflective, the presentations will become more diverse and ‘professional’.
Finally, students are presenting for an authentic audience.
One way to allow students to write for a purpose is through the creation of stories and the publishing of them. In the Junior School, I am supporting students to become ‘published’ through the use of apps and ICT tools in order to easily distribute their writing, motivating them and allowing for a wider audience to share in their work.
Email me the original story
Production and publishing of the story
Sharing the product – publishing for an audience
The story will then become available in the JS library, accessible via QR codes located on the shelves or through the promotion of Featured Writers.
The stories will be classified as Fiction or Non-Fiction and ‘shelved’ accordingly.
Choose your stories by browsing the shelves and looking for the QR codes.
Use a QR code app on a smart device to scan the code.
1) Load the webpage and ‘read’ the story, ‘hear’ the music and narration, or ‘see’ the illustrations and storytelling.
This year’s stories are HERE.
The following resources are some ideas about how to create an environment designed to foster the love of reading and literature.
The iPad is a versatile tool. We can use it to consume books and create books.
See my DIIGO weblinks to Audio Books resources (not all of these are for children).
Access audio books through online subscriptions (and some with free access).
See The Book Chook Apps to Help You Raise a Reader
Another great article – classroom practice and listening posts If you give a student an iPad…
Locate the AUDIO BOOK Collection (labelled as ‘Audio Book’).
When you visit the library you will find the AUDIO BOOK Collection with CD’s for you to listen to and if you wish to borrow.
Additionally, last year we purchased the GUIDED CD’s resource. These are also available for teachers to use with classes.
When I think of HISTORY and April the first thing that enters my mind is ANZAC Day.
The Share a Story focus for April is “History is a Story”. The question is posed “What’s your family’s story?” We are challenged to read diaries and letters and books from the past, ‘to hear the whispers from history’.
At the JS Library we are going to explore the HISTORY section of the JS Library with a particular focus on the ANZACs.
See below for some ideas for exploring Australian History through quality literature (with reading lists and suggestions).
One of the suggested books from the lists are from my early days of teaching- Five Times Dizzy. Another more recent recommendation is The Dog on the Tuckerbox (see more resources here) and more recent award winning Mirror by Jeannie Baker.
Such books have deepened my appreciation of Australian culture and allowed me to explore the diversity in our stories. Our rich culture of storytelling is also fortunately deepened by the sharing of Indigenous perspectives through the traditional story structure of The Dreaming to more recent publications of Indigenous picture books that provide an opportunity to view life through the eyes of an Indigenous person.
Additionally the stories of Australia have become more accessible through picture books such as Banjo Paterson’s verse, Waltzing Matilda.
See some resources below from Random House
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM, HISTORY & LITERATURE
– a comprehensive resource
ANZAC DAY & HISTORY RESOURCES
Bringing history to Life
MY AUSTRALIAN STORY SERIES – SCHOLASTIC
100 Years of ANZAC the Spirit Lives
Australian War Memorial – Education
Meet the ANZACs PDF – Random House
So, What is your story or a which book would you recommended book to explore history?
Feel free to share below.
Follow the tweets at #historyisastory and #shareastorycalendar
The presentation below was created using Project Luca (in Beta).
“Tell your story in minutes with design and animation”