Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Book Reports 2.0

Ms. Cormier's class recently completed a book report project that used digital technology to bring this traditional assignment into the 21st century. A traditional book report usually consists of an extended writing assignment, perhaps with an accompanying classroom presentation. In this case, the goal of gauging student understanding of a text is achieved in a more engaging and relevant manner.

First, students, used a Google form to review the book for their classmates paying particular attention to comparable texts,. Using the Google form allowed students to read their classmates reviews to find additional books to read.

Second, students used digital word clouds to represent the main idea of the book. In this way, shape, color, and text work together to create meaning. It is also another way for students to get a sense of their interest in a book.