With students today being so much more tech savvy than they were ten, or even five years ago, the need to change out methods of instruction is vastly growing. But, what about our way of collecting information and assessing students?
This semester I was given two sections of a course called Library Media. In Indiana, this is a course that is designed to focus on research as well as the ongoings of a school library. Students are to focus on digital citizenship, reading and recommendations. One of the assignments I decided to do was to replace the traditional book report with a book trailer. I felt letting kids do a more technology based presentation/ recommendation would be more exciting and let them use a little more creativity than simply writing a report.
The students used one of two online platform called Powtoon or Animoto. Both of them allow users to create fast presentations that come out as a video. Many of the kids chose Powtoon because it let them modify the fonts and change the size of text. They are also able to do transitions, which they liked.
The outcome was really a great one. I was pleased with the results and it made the assignment so much more fun.
Anyone who requires students to read a novel or even a book excerpt can require students to do a book trailer in place of the traditional report.