Reflection: Student Ownership Creating Book Trailers on iMovie: Peer Collaboration (Day 3 of 4) - Section 2: Creating Trailers Independently


There are lots of pros for incorporating technology in the classroom, not the least of which is that students love it. They are loving this project! It has been really fun to watch them make videos of each other, which they then embed in their trailers. It was great to watch today, as one student helped another use the microphone to create a voice over and select the most appropriate sound file. They had great discussions about which selection of the song they should use and where. They are learning more than just how to use Macs and iMovie; they are learning about clear communication, effective persuasion, and problem-solving.


But there are cons to technology, as well. I was missing 8 students today, due to a field trip and illness, so we could not finalize the projects today. Unto itself, this isn't such a huge deal; normally, I would expect to make up missing work on their own time, but I don't think that's a fair expectation for this project. I can't expect that students have access to technology and therefore I can't expect that they can finish this project at home. I have to extend the project. This wasn't my plan, but sometimes plans have to change.

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Creating Book Trailers on iMovie: Peer Collaboration (Day 3 of 4)

Unit 19: Creating Book Trailers in iMovie for Choice Reads
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT produce a clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience by creating a book trailer on iMovie for their independent reads.

Big Idea: Combining plot summary with interesting technology creates an engaging, and even persuasive, text.

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