Thursday, December 6, 2012

12 Tech Days Before Christmas Break (Days 1, 2, and 3)

Most readers know that I have been working as a Technology Coach for the past couple of years. I still work with teachers who are notebooking but my focused has shifted work wise. This is more of a "tech" post then "notebooking" post so I apologize (but I hope you find it useful!)

This month at work I decided to focus on the 12 Tech Days Before Christmas Break giving teachers 12 useable tech ideas that they could implement in the days leading up to the holiday break (or after).

We get out December 20th so the twelve days started on December 5th for us. I am currently up to day three of my tips and thought I would share what I have passed on so far.


Record a holiday readers theater podcast using Audacity (have children develop sound effects that go with the story).
Here is a link for a free reader's theater download from TeachersPayTeachers “Goldilocks and the Christmas Elves”.

Here is a link to another readers theater adapted from Dr.Seuss’ The Grinch that Stole Christmas.
Day 2
Have students create a Christmas rebus letter in Microsoft Word. In my sample above I wrote a letter to my teacher telling her what I did on my made up holiday break. Students can share them with the class and decide which letter is the most creative. Students can use clipart or google images.
Day 3

Create a winter/holiday picture book trailer using Photostory3 or Movie Maker Live (see sample above).
This is a two day ELA project. Day one students would find/read their picture book and come up with their script. Day 2 they would find the pictures they need and put together the trailer using Photostory3 or Movie Maker Live.

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