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Digital Book Talks Top Ten


Digital book talks offer Teachers and Librarians a way to engage students on a number of levels. When given the challenge of making a book trailer, students have to really engage with the text to draw out the salient points. They have to think about their audience and present the story in a way that will encourage others to read the book and thus develop their literacy competencies. As required in the Washington State technology standards, making the digital book trailers provides opportunities to use technology in a meaningful way while at the same time, ensuring that students are aware of the need to be ethical in terms of copyright and plagiarism issues
"GLE 1.1.1: Generate ideas and create original works for personal and group expression using a variety of digital tools.
EALR 2 – Digital Citizenship: Students demonstrate a clear understanding of technology systems and operations and practice safe, legal and ethical behavior." (OSPI Standards)
Having undertaken the research for this topic, I am eager to get back to the classroom/library and start creating book trailers with my students!
You'll find the extended bibliography on the next page.

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In first place on my top ten is this Youtube video of Mary Helen Ramming, teacher at Georgia Perimeter College, talking about her Book Trailer Project. Although she is working with older students, the concepts she discusses can be applied to all age groups. Ramming articulated for me the ideas I had been pondering about the power of book talks.


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Teacher Librarian Michelle Harclerode has put together a great presentation along with masses of links and tips to help you achieve
success in making your own book trailers.

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Falmouth Elementary School Library page
Site offers planning sheets, links to free photos and music from the web and advice about citing and copyright information.
Great example of a library web page.

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Mr Schumacher's blog
John Schumacher, Elementary school librarian in Illinois, his blog "Watch, connect, read" / book trailers, author talks etc
example of a book trailer, then go back and look at his site! He writes 3 blogs and has links to lots of other blogs that he follows

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Book trailers for free!
How to make book trailers, step by step tutorial by Jill Elizabeth Nelson with links and suggestions for copyright-free resources.
Although originally written in 2007 (I had no idea about digital book trailers way back then!) comments were still being posted in 2012!

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Storytubes
"What is StoryTubes? The 2-minute or less "my favorite book" video project is a unique opportunity for kids to promote their favorite books via short videos…and for kids to learn about new titles by watching them. While the program does include a contest component, with prizes donated by national publishers and others, the goal of the program is to harness kids’ excitement for books and share it on the Internet."

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Lots of examples of book talks for elementary - high school
Plus Newbie page, offering the chance to submit the works of your students

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Naomi Bates' page
Naomi Bates, Librarian, Northwest High School
Great librarian website with lots of useful links / power point presentation on how to create Book Talks

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A plethora of videos for inspiration.

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Karen Springen, (freelance Journalist and teacher of Journalism at Northwestern University) July 2012
Shares 7 book trailers. The site also provides a link to her longer SLJ article that's well worth the read.