Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Updated My Booktalk Blog

Well, I should be embarrassed how long it took me to accomplish this task, but I just finally finished adding 45 VoiceThread booktalks to my booktalk blog, Lindero Loves Books. It's been on my "to do" list for several months. I started Lindero Loves Books a while back when I was still in the library in my teacher librarian role. I wanted to develop a collection of booktalks for students at my school. I started recording a number myself, all using VoiceThread, one of my favorite Web 2.0 tools, and then encouraged any students I could to contribute. Those who participated came in and recorded them using my account. When I began working in the classroom this year, I decided to make a VoiceThread booktalk a class assignment and to have students set up and use their own accounts for the project. They all embedded them in their personal blogs and their classmates saw them there, but I wanted to also add them to the booktalk blog as another way of sharing them. From about 125 different booktalks, I chose the 45 best to add to the booktalk blog. I plan now to promote the blog in class to encourage my students to use it for summer reading ideas. I am also hoping that it will be a good source of ideas for the next school year.

Do visit some of the booktalks and feel free to leave comments. The student booktalkers will enjoy comments on the VoiceThreads themselves. You need to have a VoiceThread account to comment, but accounts are free and just take a couple of minutes to set up.

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