Saturday, December 24, 2016

Lesson Ideas for #Chromebook Classrooms: Flipped Book Reviews

Note: this lesson idea is an excerpt from my book, The Chromebook Classroom. If you find this lesson helpful, you will enjoy the 40+ lessons from the book! Pick up a copy on Amazon or at chrmbook.com!

Have you ever sat through a series of book reports or student presentations and watched the clock tick away as one student after another comes to the front of the room to give their report? Have you ever longed for a more efficient way to allow students to present their work? With flipped book reports, students simply record and post their presentations online, which can then be easily shared with family members and classmates.

For this activity, students will develop a book report based on the guidelines provided by the teacher and use the free Chrome app Screencastify to record their voice and screen as they deliver their presentation. Their presentation can be created in Google Slides (template), Prezi, or any other presentation tool. It may be best to assign the recording as a homework assignment to minimize background noise and distractions.

Note: The free version of Screencastify limits recordings to a maximum 10 minutes.

It is recommended that students share their recorded book report with the rest of the class. Posting videos to Google Classroom is a simple way to exchange video links! Each student watches and peer edits several videos created by classmates. A rubric for evaluating should be used to help guide the peer editing process.

Bonus: link the finished book reports to the physical books in the library using QR codes

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