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That is amazing that you could create book talks through Google Sites. I would love to do something like that but teaching first grade, I find that my students are extremely limited in their technology skills. I work very hard with my students to help them to post to a classroom blog and comment on other student's work, but I love this idea! They can even access the book talks at home if they want to continue their discussion. Thank you for sharing!
I am also truly amazed to learn about book talks. I need to look into this.
I really love this idea! I bet your fourth graders are so excited to read their books and record their commentary. It is so hard sometimes to get kids excited about reading at this age. This is a great way to incorporate literature and technology, as well as communication skills. It would be great to connect with other classes this way, so students get many ideas for books that might like to read. Also, it wuld be great as an introduction activity at the start of the year for your new 4th grade students to view some of those projects so they can get some ideas for great books to read throughout the year. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. :)
I have also enjoyed using Voice Thread, but would like to incorporate it more. I love the idea of using Voice Thread for a book talk! I think it would make it an interactive and meaningful discussion by sharing with another fourth grade class...kind of like the new version of pen pals!
Thank you so much for the ideas and for the information as to what VoiceThread entails. As an English teacher, I believe for some of my 9th grade honors students this would be extremely beneficial in extending their discussions and furthering their understanding.
What about gmail?
I don't think that we can even accesses it through our student firewalls, but it something that I can check on. Thanks
I did not mean In-Line Learning I ment to say United Streaming through Discovery Education.
I am glad that you implement these tools in your classroom because I know this is not the case in every school. I feel schools often commit a lot of money to technological tools, but rarely train their educators how to use them. This seems to be one of the biggest understanding in technology education. Tools do not equal growth simply because they are present. More time should be spent on how to use tools rather than throwing tools to the blind. Clearly, time is the biggest issue in this case; it is valuable to all teachers. Yet, I know for sure that if you gave all the necessary parts to build a car, I would not even know where to begin.