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Tech News! Creative and Inspiring Alternatives to Book Reports

Just about everyone has experienced an exciting movie trailer at the theater, leading him or her back to the movie-plex to see that advertised comedy, sci-fi, or thriller.  Book publishers started a similar trend a few years ago by producing “book trailers” to promote soon-to-be-released fiction and non-fiction titles.  A Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy or the award-winning novel Shipbreaker by Paola Bacigalupi are two examples of professionally produced book trailers.  Now, teachers are grabbing the idea of book trailers, book commercials, and book talks to replace traditional book reports.  Taking advantage of student camera/video phones, Web 2.0 tools, and computer software, students are integrating 21st Century Skills with curriculum requirements.   Check out these student book trailers by Ms. Amanda’s 6th grade class of their favorite novels.  Using tools such as Windows Movie Maker, Animoto, or PhotoStory, students have discovered new enthusiasm for traditional book reports.  Librarians might consider the same technology for highlighting new books in the media center.  The Hub is just one example of librarians going digital with book announcements.  For more information about creating a book trailer, book talk, or book commercial, eHow’s link, How to Make a Book Trailer will be helpful.