Parents, get ready. Students are gearing up to complete their first technology book report of the year. A week ago, students were assigned to a group containing three members. The three members were given the same AR book to read for this book report, a book whose level fits into their individual AR ranges. Students have been reading in class as well as at home to prepare. All of the reading must be completed by October 31, and projects are due no later than the end of the school day of November 7. Students will be allowed to begin working on the report as soon as all of the group members have completed the book and taken the AR test. There are already quite a few groups that have finished their reading and are ready to begin!
The actual book report will be a PhotoStory3 retelling of the book. Ms. Okoye, the language arts TRT for the school system, came to Churchland Elementary last Wednesday to demonstrate for the students how to use the software. Needless to say, they were all extremely excited and ready to begin. Although we will be completing the project in class, students may search for pictures at home on the internet, save them to a CD or flash drive, and bring them to school to use in their project.
I have attached all resources that will be used by students in the completion of this project. The PhotoStory3 software is a free download from Microsoft. In order to download it to your computer, you must have a genuine copy of Windows installed on your computer. I have downloaded it successfully onto my laptop which uses Windows XP, but I have not tried to download it on a computer running Vista. Just click on the link if you wish to download a copy.
I think this project will be an extremely beneficial one for students since it not only provides them an opportunity to work with others in the completion of a project, but it also allows them a chance to use a wonderful piece of software in its construction.