One thing that I've discovered is really important is for teachers to use these tools themselves. Sometimes we underestimate just how time-consuming some of these projects can be! Recently when our Grade 4 teachers were introducing a variety of tools to students, they decided they would all take one one tool and use it to tell their own story. Teachers chose various tools such as iMovie, VoiceThread, Book Creator and paper slides.
Making video book trailers is a lot of fun, but there also needs to be a return on learning for the time spent in this creation. Students need to understand the importance of writing a script including a powerful hook, and that they don't need to give too much of the plot away. They need to consider the images they will use to illuminate the book, and they often need to practice talking in a "performing voice". Students can also use tools such as GoAnimate, Bitstrips, Make Belief Comix, Pixton, TouchCast and Livestream for sharing books.
As well as supporting students to meet important literacy standards, sharing books in this way helps students to meet the ISTE Standards for Students, in particular Standard 4, Innovative Designer, Standard 6 Creative Communicator and Standard 7 Global Collaborator.
How do your students share what they are reading? What are your favourite tools?