Reflections of Book Trailer Project

On Monday our grade 7 & 8 students completed their iMovie Book Trailers and over the last couple of days we've had time to reflect on the project.  What worked well? What didn't? What would we do differently next time?  Below are our reflections. What we were happy with: the technology worked flawlessly and the students had no difficulty using the software the students were completely engaged in the storyboarding/writing stage all groups worked well together the storyboard templates were excellent organizational tools  videos were very well received by the rest of the school during our video announcements (we heard many students commenting that they couldn't wait to read that book!) What didn't work so well: some students didn't quite fully grasp the concept of a book trailer not all the iMovie templates lend themselves to the concept of a book trailer some students didn't use their storyboards during filming...
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Creating Book Trailers with iMovie and iPads

  This past Friday was supposed to be much different than it turned out. Teachers in the province of Ontario had planned to hold a one day political protest against the government and Bill 115. That was until the Labour Relations Board ruled that it would be considered an illegal strike. So at 6am the Thames Valley District School Board made a decision that all schools would be open to receive students. The result was not many students showed up, at least at my school. About 50% of the students were not in attendance which left the office scrambling to make safe arrival calls and teachers trying to put together instructional activities they didn't think they would need based on the union's decision late Wednesday. With our new iPads configured and ready to be used our intermediate teachers came to me with an idea to help keep the students engaged during...
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