Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Wow. I just need to test it in movie maker - which is the program the students use - and pass it to the next person to try. I'm going to work on some other things right now, but look for the movie maker test later!
Ok, that wasn't so bad. This has all been done without a manual. I think the students would be even faster because these things are so intuitive to them. This thing is pretty awesome.
The Flip Video is about 3 1/2 in. tall and 2 1/2 in. wide so it's very portable. It has built-in video mixing software but is compatible with imovie and Movie Maker. It runs on two AA batteries and has a built in hard drive. It also has a USB plug so you don't have to fiddle around trying to find the correct firewire to load the video on the computer. I just did a quick test video and will see how easy it is to transfer it to the computer.
- are at different levels
- would appeal to both girls and boys
- would include one non-fiction choice
So here they are:
- Al Capone Does My Shirts by G. Choldenko
- A Boy No More by H. Mazer
- Woodsong by G. Paulson
- Cracker by C. Kadohata
- Real Time by P. Kass
- Taking Sides by G. Soto
- We Beat the Streets by S. Davis
- The Red Kayak by P. Cummings
- New Boy by J. Houston
- Monster by W.D. Myers
- Malcolm X by W.D. Myers
- Airborn by K. Oppel
These are my tentative choices before teacher feedback. I've already started reading Al Capone Does My Shirts and Taking Sides. Both are good. I'm hoping to get some of the reluctant readers hooked before I'm done.
One of the 7th Grade teachers is pretty awesome at getting students interested in reading. She does quick (or would that be wiki?) talks from the Scholastic TRC catalog. Students practically run into the library to see if we have the books! Of course, that helps with collection development too!