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Interested in creating a book trailer in the classroom? Here's a link to great information in how to do so. http://winclass.edublogs.org/2009/05/28/book-trailers/ from Windows into the classroom.
Book trailers are becoming increasing popular within the world of education… but what is a book trailer?
If you recall the many movie trailers you have seen, advertising the latest movie releases, you will begin to grasp an understanding of what a book trailer might be. It is a video advertisement for a book, an advertisement that encourages you to read the book.
For students to create an effective and informative book trailer they need to be aware of some ‘tricks’ of design and content. They need to convey a sense of what the book is about without giving too much of the story away. The design of the book trailer should motivate observers to buy or borrow the book and read it.
The creation of a book trailer is not as simple as it first appears…Unlike movies where the trailer shows us the characters, a book trailer shares part of the essence of the story, enticing you to want to read the book – without defining what the characters maybe like. Many of us like to ‘picture’ for ourselves what the characters and setting maybe like. It is one of the joys of reading a book – visualising the setting and characters within our own imagination!
Some students find visualisation difficult and book trailers may assist their skills in this area because it gives the book a context and some visual clues. Visualisation increases reading proficiency and has positive consequences for learning and metacognition.
Most book trailers run from one to three minutes. They can be as simple as a narrator reading a passage from the book or as complex as an elaborate mini-movie. Book trailers can be acted out, full production trailers, flash videos, animation or simple still photos set to music with text conveying the story.
Want to read more? See the original blog or go to this Google doc that I've shared....
Other great ideas for exploring media literacy in the classroom, explore this link. http://www.frankwbaker.com/film_links.htm
Check on the following link for great edtech digital citizenship visuals.
So, still wondering if you should make time to log with your students? Wonder what are the real benefits to exploring blogging with students? Read the following blog link from the "blogosphere's" known edtech and ELA guru Langwitch...
After reading the post one can clearly see the connection between blogging and the links to inquiry learning.
An interesting blog for all Teacher Librarians!