What kids want in books

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Great reading and visuals at Scholastic’s Reading Report

Screenshot sourced from the report above and redesigned using ComicBook app.

@Scholastic: Here’s what kids ages 6-17 told us they want in the #books they read for fun: http://t.co/Gbx2uxUK0f #KFRR http://t.co/Dgg1ejQPNr

Green Screen: It’s not just for superheroes or movie stars

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).

  • Touch Cast
  • Green Screen by Do Ink
  • Doodle Buddy

This is what the students have thought about the process so far…

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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.

Book Reviews

The Cats of Venus

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 Treasure Island: A Fun Map

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.

 

 

 

 

AUTHENTIC AUTHORS: WRITING FOR A PURPOSE

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Using the iPad to create a background  for a story.

FEATURED WRITERS

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.

 

 

WANTED: Student stories

Step 1:

Email me the original story

  • Any age, any topic

Step 2:

Production and publishing of the story

  • We (the soon to be author and I) will decide on the best tool to publish the story.

Step 3:

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.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Featured Reader Scan Me

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.

MORE STORIES

This year’s stories are HERE.

CREATING A LISTENING POST IN YOUR LIBRARY OR CLASSROOM

How to create a listening and literacy promoting environment.

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Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones via Compfight

Find a quiet space…. Pull up a cushion or bean bag… settle in. Let’s begin.

The following resources are some ideas about how to create an environment designed to foster the love of reading and literature.

AUDIO BOOKS & INTERACTIVE BOOKS ON THE IPAD

The iPad is a versatile tool. We can use it to consume books and create books.

AUDIO BOOKS ON THE IPAD

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).

WEBSITES

IPAD APPS

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…

IN THE JS LIBRARY

AUDIO BOOKS

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.

  • Borrow a Portable CD player and headphones (in library use)
  • Select your book on CD and enjoy.

Additionally, last year we purchased the GUIDED CD’s resource. These are also available for teachers to use with classes.

FINAL THOUGHTS

HARDWARE

WANT MORE PRACTICAL IDEAS

April: History is a Story

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State Records of SA via Compfight

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).

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Aussie Book Lists: Australian History for Young Readers

 

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

 

HISTORY RESOURCES

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM, HISTORY & LITERATURE

Primary School Resources to support the Australian History Curriculum – ASLA

– a comprehensive resource

 

ANZAC DAY & HISTORY RESOURCES

Bringing history to Life

‘Belinda Murrell: Bringing Australian History to Life’

MY AUSTRALIAN STORY SERIES – SCHOLASTIC

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY FOR BOOK LOVERS PDF

 

ANZAC DAY RESOURCES

A is for ANZAC

100 Years of ANZAC the Spirit Lives

Gallipoli (YouTube)

Australian War Memorial – Education

This month in Australian Military history

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.

 

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