Tag: literacy

See A Book Come to Life!

See A Book Come to Life!

Day 1 – Discussion

  • Directions
    • Divide into pairs
    • Log onto Titanpad
    • Sign in with BOTH team mates FIRST names – i.e. Judy & Carlene
    • Answer the question below.
    • Plant the cursor and begin writing.
    • Everyone will be writing at same time in real time – enjoy the creative space but it is limited to only 15 people at a time.
    • Use chat box in bottom right hand corner to discuss which comments from others that you agree with and which you do NOT.

Question : What is the difference between book reports and book trailers?

Book Trailer Discussion

Book Trailer Gallery Walkthrough Activity or

View Book Trailers samples from below

Table Group:

  • Canyou see the difference between a book report and a book trailer?
  •  What advice would you give to yourself for creating a good book trailer?
  • What makes a good book trailer?
    • Co-construction criteria of  “What Makes A Good Book Trailer”

Wrap-Up: For our next time together,  bring a current book (copyright last two years) appropriate for your grade assignment and inital ideas for a book trailer.

Day 2

  • Review criteria for what makes a good book trailer that was brainstormed last meeting
  • Five Basics Steps – http://exploringbooktrailers.wikispaces.com/Making+Your+Own
      1. The text
      2. The photos/artwork/video clips
      3. The soundtrack – either music or sound effects
      4. The narration (optional)
      5. A working knowledge of your video/image/audio editing software
  • Begins with Storyboading
  • Organizing Folders
  • Digital Citzenship
  • Gathering Media:
    •  Images
      • Use Copyright Free or Creative Commons images
      • Note the photographer and the url for photo for use on your Credits page
    • Narration
      • Try narrating in one setting.
      • Use emotion.
      • Is your voice loud enough?
    • Music, Sound Effects
      • Does it match the mood?
      • Does it enhance the story?


  • Does your trailer convince the viewer to read this book?
  • Remember you are focusing on the problem of the story and 1 or 2 characters


September 14, 2012


What is a Podcast?

podcast n. a digital audio file or recording made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player. 

Podcasts can be created from original material by students and teachers or existing audio files can be downloaded for classroom use. Creating a podcast allows students to produce and share compelling digital media. It can also provide them with a world-wide audience that makes learning meaningful and assessment authentic. Teachers can use the technology to provide additional and revision material to students to download and review at a time that suits them.

How do I Integrate Podcasts into the Classroom?

How Do I Begin?

  • You will need a recording device (microphone and computer or a hand-held MP3 recorder.) You can also record directly into Audacity with a microphone. If you record with a hand held MP3 recorder, you will insert that file into Audacity.
  • Audacity is a FREE software available. Download the software, if not already on your computer. You will also need to download the LAME MP3 encoder in order for Audacity to export MP3 files.

Here are a few things you need to decide for your podcast:

  • What is the topic of your podcast?
  • What is the format of your podcast?
  • How long will each episode be?
  • Will you have background music and if so, where will you get copyright free music to use?
  • How often will you going to release new shows or is this be a one-time show?
  • Where will your podcast be uploaded? Do you have a class blog, website or wiki with enough space to host your podcasts?

Tools for Podcasting

  • Audacity – Free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.

Sites to Host Podcasts

  • iTunes
    • Find Podcasts
      The iTunes Store has thousands of free podcasts. The podcasts directory in the iTunes Store is where students can find and subscribe to new podcasts.
    •  Search Podcasts by Popularity
      Before students subscribe, they will want to find podcasts that appeal to their inquiry. There are several ways of fining relevant podcasts. Students can either use the iTunes search box in the upper right-hand corner of the jukebox window, or for a more detailed search students can click on Power Search under Quick Links in the upper right-hand corner of the iTunes Store homepage. Power Search provides pull-down filters for category or language, as well as search boxes specific to podcast title, author or description. Once a search is performed, students can order results by popularity by clicking on the column header titled “Popularity.”
    •  Manage Podcast Subscriptions
      Get smart playlists – Podcast episodes can be added to a playlist, or smart playlist, like any other track. When a podcast finishes playing, iTunes does not play the next podcast episode in your Source List by default. To keep a steady stream of episodes playing, consider creating a podcast playlist. By creating a smart playlist, students can even customize playback based on artists, genre, topic, etc.To build an all-podcast smart playlist, Choose “New Smart Playlist” from the file menu. To include only podcast episodes not yet listened to, choose “Plays” from the first drop-down menu, “is” from the second, and enter 0. Add additional filters to further refine the smart playlist.
    •  Submit Podcasts
      Podcasts cannot be created with iTunes. However, the iTunes Store houses a searchable directory of podcasts, to which students’ podcast feed can be submitted.  An account for the iTunes Store is not needed to get podcasts. However, an account is needed to submit a podcast to the iTunes Store.
  •  Audioboo – a website which allows users to post and share sound files.
  • Kid-Cast -Kid Cast is a site for students to publish their own podcasts in an environment safe for young minds to hear. Contribution by students allows learners to listen to their peers on topics of interest.
  • PodOmatic  – Upload podcasts and embed them into any webpage. Free hosting and design. Subscribe to podcasts in iTunes.  View a storyteller’s page of podcasts and Project Jaxon.
  • Podbean – Easy and powerful way to start podcasting. Easy to publish your podcast in 3 steps. No tech to learn, but requires an account.

Great Samples

  • Examples of Educational Podcasts –  A great list of  Professional Development Podcasts for Educators, Podcasts for Students, Podcasts by Students, and Special Interest Podcasts.
  • Radio Willow Web – Students at Willowdale Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska share their learning. Each Willowcast is packed with entertaining segments! iTunes is needed to listen to their podcasts.

May 10, 2012


Visualizing Data

Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. Understanding data can be challenging, especially when dealing with volumes of information. Data visualizations allows the viewer to see the concepts they are learning about in a more interesting, consise, and often more useful manner. To learn how to create infographics with students, download the flyer (.pdf) or watch the video.

Infographic Format Ideas

  • Timelines
  • Flow charts
  • Annotated maps
  • Graphs
  • Venn diagrams
  • Size comparisons
  • Showing familiar objects or similar size or value

 Steps for Creating An Infographic

Click here for the Steps for Creating An Infographic (.pdf)

  • Decide on Focus for the Infographic
    1. What message do you want to communicate in an engaging way?
    2. How will you present large amounts of data meaningfully?
  • Storyboard – Layout the placement of the data and images to ensure the infographic will be concise, visual, and attractive.
  • Data Manage – Create visual representations which best suits your data (charts, tables, graphs, scatter plots, etc.).
  • Image Manage – Collect copyright-free icons and images which will enhance your data.
  • Citation – List sources for icons, images and data which will be used in the infographic.
  • Infographic Construction – Build the infographic.
  • Assess Against Co-Constructed Criteria – Revise if necessary.



Manage Data – Where to Get Visual Statistics

  • Chart Chooser – Download exisiting visualizations into Excel and modify to suit your data.
  • Chartle – Create, embed and share your charts, plots, diagrams and maps online.
  • Chartsbin – Download or embed existing visualizations, including maps, pie charts and bar charts, all of which are available under creative commons. Sign up for a free account to create visualizations using your own data. Copy and paste your data from a .csv file, and then create a map-based visualization of that data.
  • Easel.ly Create visually rich infographics from pre-designed themes. It is very easy to use and only drag and drop.

  • Excel – Microsoft’s spreadsheet software.
  • GapMinder is a free Adobe Air (cross-platform by nature) application that has current data on major world issues.
  • Google’s Public Data Explorer has visual, and extremely varied statistics. The data can be presented as a line chart, bar chart, or graph. The visualizations cannot be saved, so a screenshot of the data must be taken.
  • Hohli Create Venn diagrams and other charts, including scatter plots and other line charts.
  • Info.gram – Create, share, discover infographics and online charts.
  • Inkspace – A free infographic creation tool which allows visualizations to be imported and combined with other visuals. It requires download.>
  • Many Eyes  –  Build simple interactive graphics with this free online tool from IBM.

  • StatPlanet Map Builder
  • Tableau –  Create interactive visualisations with colourful and unique themes. Share  with others or embed in a web sites. Works just on Windows. 
  • Google Docs  – Enter data directly into the spreadsheet and convert it into a visualization including bar charts, pie charts, heat maps and more. Follow the instructions.

Manage Images – Where to Get Icons and Images

Cite Sources – How To Source Information and Images

Build Infographic – How to Create the Final Product

Once you have all your various elements, the text, graphics and visualizations need to be placed into one image. This can be done with a variety of programs:

 10 Tips for Designing Infographics – a very informative link

Print Inforgraphics

Infographics can be great posters to display. Richard Byrne describes an easy way to print the infographics poster-sized.


Examples of Infographics:



January 15, 2012

Pixie Resources

Other Pixie Resources:

  • The Parts of a Story

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  • The Adventures of Bad News Bear

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September 30, 2011

A Canvas for Your Creativity


 – Creativity software to engage young minds – from Tech4Learning


September 16, 2011

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