We just made the cutest book reviews in first grade. Mrs. Huelskoetter, the librarian, Mrs. Dixon, the first grade teacher, and I worked together on this project. Here's a link to the book review lesson plan. We used the Do Ink Green Screen app to create the videos. It was so easy to use, I think the older kids (grades 3+) can probably make them on their own. You don't need an elaborate setup, just a small green screen is enough (the app can get rid of any solid background color, not just green).
Here are some reasons students should create book reviews:
The Do Ink Green Screen app is so easy to use, I can hardly wait to adapt this lesson to other curriculum areas. For example, students can talk about a planet for science with a backdrop of their planet or they can talk about a food group with a backdrop of the proper department at the grocery store. It could be a lot of fun to use for foreign language projects too. The possibilities are endless!
Recently I've been thinking about foreign language projects, especially Chinese. All foreign language students should practice speaking the language whenever possible. So it is good to find projects where students need to practice speaking. Students learning Chinese also have to practice writing Chinese characters where the order of each stroke is very important. This can be done using a screencasting application or an app like Explain Everything. The example below is done using Microsoft Office Mix. Here are some projects I came up with for Chinese, but they can easily be adapted to any language.
MIcrosoft PowerPoint Game
Microsoft Office Mix
Chatterpix App on iPad
I've decided to try blogging. The old Home Page is now renamed Interesting Stuff.