I was assigned to read Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano's blog Langwitches Blog. Here is my summary of her post and my comments.
Blog Post June 11, 2013
Upgrading Traditional Reports to eBooks- Guest Post by Karin Hallett
This post shows how a librarian reinvented a book report. Instead of a normal, paper report on animals, this teacher had her students create an ebook using the apps ExplainEverything and BookCreator. Together, the apps enabled students to create an ebook made up of their own text and drawings. In this project students were encouraged to let their imagination run wild. They were simply given a list of specific items that their book must have such as a cover page, table of contents, wonder question and answer, and other items like these. Although the teacher herself was a little worried about how well the students would engage themselves into learning, she found they loved the freedom and their work effort was something to be very proud of. Here is a sample of a finished book from one of her students.
I thought this was an excellent blog post. I love that the students were able to run free with this project. It started with a simple question and natural curiosity and turned into a super cool ebook that they could be proud to show for their hard work. My comment stated that I loved the idea of an ebook, and that I would love to do something like this with my future class.
Blog Post June 14, 2013
More iPad Workflow Scenarios
The purpose of this post was to share apps that she found to be great tools for teachers and students.
This was a great post, especially for those who are looking for apps to help with different projects. I like how she organized the apps into a workflow, instead of just listing them. Her workflow was interesting to look at because of the way she organized and colored her categories, as well as the use of app pictures. My comment reflected that of the apps I had used from her workflow they were a great tool, even as a college student. Here is her workflow of apps. Check them out!