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Author Research Project Resources Requested

Author Research Project Resources Requested

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Hi everyone, I'm elmentary librarian of 10 years, new to this group, and trying to earn my ISTE Capstone certification. My project is to have my 5th grade students research a picture book author, record information on a graphic organizer, prepare book talks, and combine this information into either a PowerPoint or PhotoStory presentation to inspire our K-3 students to read these books. We will use www.voicethread.com to record the audio. My questions for you: What electronic graphic organizers would you recommend for elementary students? What specific electronic resources have you found to be very useful for author study by elementary students? I have found some, but am interested to see if you can share others I haven't discovered yet. Maybe you can share other great author exploration activities you've done with your students. Thanks, Terri

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Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

[quote]Hi everyone,

I'm elmentary librarian of 10 years, new to this group, and trying to earn my ISTE Capstone certification. My project is to have my 5th grade students research a picture book author, record information on a graphic organizer, prepare book talks, and combine this information into either a PowerPoint or PhotoStory presentation to inspire our K-3 students to read these books. We will use www.voicethread.comto record the audio.

My questions for you:

What electronic graphic organizers would you recommend for elementary students?

What specific electronic resources have you found to be very useful for author study by elementary students? I have found some, but am interested to see if you can share others I haven't discovered yet.

Maybe you can share other great author exploration activities you've done with your students.

Thanks,

Terri[/quote]

Hi Terri,

Your project on authors sounds great! I would recommend the following Web 2.0 tools/projects for studying authors.

1. Create a glog - Your students can create a glog (an interactive poster) on an assigned author. This is much more interesting than a PowerPoint and students can add text, clipart, and images. To learn more and sign up for a free educator account (you get 100 free student accounts) go to: http://edu.glogster.com/

2. Create an Animoto Slide Show- With this tool your students can create a slide show with images and music. The amount of text you can include on a slide show is limited but you also have the option of inserting video clips of your students talking about their author. To sign up for a free educator account go to: http://animoto.com/education

I hope this helps!

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