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Nichole, These are fabulous!

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Nichole,
These are fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing.
Beth

Eighth grade ELA teacher from Portland, OR.

So I went ahead with the

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So I went ahead with the movie trailer idea we were working 8.RL.2 (theme) they read leveled novels in groups, so group discussions where happening as they go as well as working through a packet to help them develop their ideas for their book trailer. I loved the group discussions as I used Google scripts (autocrat) and QR codes to develop a pretty great system of note taking and discussion. They then spent about a week on the book trailers. I think they turned out pretty well especially since we went with the iPads instead of the Macbooks. The kids were more comfortable with their iPads and we were having saving issues with the laptops. Any way a brief explanation and the playlist can be found here:
http://cartershlaclassroom.blogspot.com/2014/02/student-created-content-...

Again thank you so much for the inspiration on this project and a few other members on my department were inspired by the idea as well.

Director of Educational Technology from Miami, FL

I had the great privilege of

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I had the great privilege of seeing Beth present on this topic at the recent iPad Summit. It was a great session and a wonderful way to end the conference. If you would like to see the blog post along with my reflections on it, please check it out here:
http://indianajen.com/2013/11/15/redefining-the-writing-process/

High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

This is an excellent

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This is an excellent analysis, so thank you! I really think that it is vital that we, as teachers, begin to consider what writing - and reading - will look like in this new century, as old pen and paper models are left behind. The SAMR model is a great way to start.

K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Thanks, Beth! Here's a link

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Thanks, Beth! Here's a link to the Playlist of the Book Reviews my students did: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL325D98820D42A578

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Whitney, That's a great idea!

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Whitney,
That's a great idea! Dan Callahan (@dancallahan) did some fantastic book talks with his students as well. They filmed themselves talking about the books as they walked through the library, giving it a great context.
Beth

Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Hi Nicole- One idea I've

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Hi Nicole-

One idea I've always loved is for kids to go beyond the page and even interview each other as they take on the role of a character, and talk to them what they are doing now, outside of the story. ipads could be used to record video or audio podcasts of the interviews, as well as the prep; often designing both the questions and having the other person or group really inhabit the characters (think chat show like Oprah) still allows the students to demonstrate mastery of the characters and material in the books, yet take it to the next level, discussing character choices, motivation, and what happens next in the narrative. Could be fun to try.... Let us know what you decide!

Thank you for the fantastic

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Thank you for the fantastic article, great tips that i'm sure I'll be using with my students. I've been looking for some some ideas for writing projects, thank you.

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Hi Nichole. Glad to have been

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Hi Nichole.
Glad to have been able to help! Here are a few ideas to add to your brainstorming process:

  1. iPads & Literature Circles from MrG Online - http://mgleeson.edublogs.org/2012/04/03/ipads-and-literature-circles/
  2. Creating Graphic Novels from Calgary Science School - http://calgaryscienceschool.blogspot.com/2011/12/creating-graphic-novels...

If you are doing Science Fiction, maybe some students might like an alterative approach.
Good luck! I'd be interested in knowing what you decide to do in the end.
Beth

Eighth grade ELA teacher from Portland, OR.

Thank you so much for this

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Thank you so much for this article, I believe in all the things posted at the beginning as I am in a 1:1 iPad school our English department has been amazed at the improvement in revision we have seen while giving live feedback through the writing process. The real reason I had to comment was because I was currently hoping to brainstorm and come up with an idea for the unit we will be starting after Thanksgiving break- lit circles with science fiction- we are focusing on 8.RL.1 & 8.RL.2 theme and textual support. The thing is I didn't want it to be traditional "write a paragraph and turn it in." I was looking for a project, I loved your ideas at the end of the article and am planning on incorporating something similar with my students. Thank you so much for sharing, my mind is working overtime right now!

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