Reading lesson goes Hollywood
Laptops were open and active; students were pointing and clicking; music and animation filled the room. This was the scene of Jennifer Kirby’s Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) literature class as young readers prepared for a Thursday, May 23, video debut.
“To be honest, the first day I mentioned we were starting a project there were moans and groans,” said Kirby. “But, I promised the students they would love the project and they certainly have.”
The project involves Animoto, a web application that produces videos from photos, video clips and music. Kirby tasked the students with creating a “book trailer” – similar to a movie trailer – based on one of the books they read as a class this year.
“They have been fully engaged in working on their projects and have been great about helping each other learn some of the more advanced features of Animoto,” said Kirby. “I plan to post the video presentations to my blog so other students can get a sample of what the books are about, in case they would also like to read them.”
“This is a perfect example of integrating technology into the classroom to enhance learning,” said Kimberly Miller, assistant superintendent, teaching and learning. “It’s just thrilling as an administrator to walk around a classroom full of students who are so excited about what they are working on; this project will help promote these books to other students who maybe haven’t been exposed to them. I commend Mrs. Kirby for this type of out-of-the-box instruction.”
You can view the book trailers after the May 23 presentation by visiting kirbysreaders.blogspot.com.
Photo caption: LIS students Lauren Taylor and Annaliese Poweleit share video projects with Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Miller.