Reflection: Student Ownership Beginning Book Trailers and Learning iMovie - Section 3: Starting the Trailers Independently


I'm the first to say that technology is great, but in the context of education, it can certainly be a headache. We had some issues today-- limited access to Google Drive, connecting to wifi, losing battery power-- but I'm trying to think of them only as teachable moments. It's the type of situation that can really drive me crazy because it seems like such a time waster, but once the students were able to work, they were completely ingrained and invested. It's a fun and creative project, and watching the students work reminded me of that. Instead of getting frustrated, I tried to teach students how to reconnect to the wifi and how to find work they thought they had lost, skills that are essential in a digital world.

Originally I allotted for two classes in the lab to work on the trailers, but I'm going to add a third date, to account for the small "time wasters" of technology. It will also give me time at the end of the fourth day to make sure that everyone exports their trailers correctly and uploads them to Google Drive, so we can easily watch them all together.

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Beginning Book Trailers and Learning iMovie

Unit 19: Creating Book Trailers in iMovie for Choice Reads
Lesson 1 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 beginning book trailers for their independent reads and learning computer skills.

Big Idea: Can you convince me to read the book you read?

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