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From book reports to book projects …

I remember doing book reports, especially in elementary school, that mainly consisted of writing a summary of what happened in the book and drawing a picture to go along with it. There were times we got to do book projects instead like creating a book cover or using a shoebox to recreate a scene from the book.

With the variety of technology tools available today, there are so many other ways children can create book reports or book projects if they are given the chance and choice.  No matter how a project is done or what multimedia tool is used for creation, the project will probably have to do with one of the story elements (Setting, Plot, Conflict, Characters).

I had a Donors Choose project funded and received a class set of the From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. To go along with the novel, I created a Pageflakes full of student projects ideas and activities.  Since I have been learning about various web 2.0 tools, I decided to recreate that Pageflakes project using Glogster.

Here is the Pageflakes creation: http://www.pageflakes.com/mwedwards/26623315
Here is the Glogster creation: http://mwedwards.glogster.com/mrs-basil-e-frankweiler/

There is also an education version of the Glogster tool known as EduGlogster. EduGlogster may also be a good tool for students to use to create book projects or displays of information.  EduGlogster does allow glogs to be made private, student accounts to created, and template sharing.

Here is the EduGlogster creation: http://mwedwards01.edu.glogster.com/from-the-mixed-up-files/

What are other projects students could do to move from basic book reports to more involved book projects? How do you think these changes can help students with comprehension, understanding, and creativity?

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