In the first part of this campaign, students who read the most will be rewarded from each educational level (elementary, primary and high school), with Dh6,000 for the first prize, Dh5,000 for the second, Dh4,000 for the third, Dh3,000 for the fourth and Dh2,000 for the fifth.
There are so many ways in which students can share what they have read. Here are a few ideas:
Reading Logs with Reading Rewards
At the heart of the competition is keeping track of how many books you have been reading. There are many digital tools to help students monitor their progress. Reading Rewards is a free reading incentive program for teachers, parents and students. we like Reading Rewards for the gamification element that is included within the platform where students collect miles that they can exchange for rewards on the site. Furthermore Reading Rewards encourages ownership of learning. Students create goals and parents and teachers can reward students for achieving those goals. What really makes Reading Rewards really special is that students can connect with one another and recommend books
Interactive Posters with ThingLink
The word book report doesn’t seem to bring about much excitement. Immediately the image of a worksheet pops into your head. This worksheet often traveled from the teacher to the student back to the teacher to… who knows? Providing students with an authentic audience has proven to be a key factor in improving student writing and with today’s digital tools students have a wealth of options for sharing their learning. Using ThingLink students can create an image of the book they’ve read and tag it with various pieces of information, being careful to not reveal too much so as to leave the reader in suspense. Students can tag the image with text, audio and even video! Students could create Tellagami characters to narrate their analysis. Students can create the poster in Arabic and English. To take this idea schoolwide consider creating a Thinglink channel for your school full of peer-reviewed books.
What I Learned with Book Creator
Book Creator is a wonderful tool to curate your learning and share book reviews. For example in Islamic studies class, students to read hadeeth that they can then share their with others. Students can record a narration of the hadith in Arabic directly into Book Creator and share the lessons learned in English. Consider dividing students into groups responsible for covering different topics. Students can share what they have read and in the end the books can be combined and shared out with everyone! To take this idea schoolwide have each grade level create a book of hadith around a certain topic and publish it.
iMovie Trailers are a great way to build suspense about a story and share the significant elements. From introducing characters to focusing on a theme students will have the opportunity to share what they’ve read in a whole new way. To take this school wide consider using an augmented reality tool like Aurasma or creating QR Codes that can be posted across campus. You could even put these together in the form of a book and publish them online as part of your school library. To begin check out the templates put together by Tony Vincent, along with some great tips on how to get started with creating trailers!
Shadow Puppet Presentations
Another great choice for multimedia book reviews is Shadow Puppet. Whilst either version is fine to use, the Edu version is always the one we suggest to educators as it comes with a preloaded set of lesson ideas. Simply have students snap images from the book (or draw them if it has no images and then take photos), drop them into a Shadow Puppet presentation and then record their voice to retell the story or provide a book review.
Steve has used this app with 5 year olds to great success - it's a great option for younger kids looking to take part in the competition!
There are so many possibilities! Here's a couple more brief ideas...
Mindmap the story
Popplet or Inspiration Maps are both good choices here in terms of apps to use. Have students mindmap the characters, settings and ploy points of their books. Kids like these sorts of tasks as they don't take too long!
Timeline the Story
Alternatively you could grab the excellent (and free) RWT Timeline app from Read Write Think and have them set out the major plot points chronologically!
Make Trading Cards
Another great option from RWT is their Trading Cards app. Have students choose the fictional character card and create one for the main character of each book. They'll end up with a great set at the end!
Be sure to follow us @iPadEducatorsAE over the next two weeks as we share tips on how to share your wonderful world of reading.
In Part Two we'll take a look at how schools can encourage reading habits and empower student voice through reading communities.