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We are Making Book Trailers

book-trailers-webWe are making book trailers again. This is my students’ favorite project.

We’ve read more books in room A202 than the history of room A202, and our school has been around for 100 years. We have read tons of pages!

Now it’s time to make a trailer about our favorite books and add some persuasive techniques to convince our friends to read these books, too.

In the past I’ve always asked students to use Animoto as their creation tool. This year I’d like to offer students more choices, so I’ve been doing a little research.

My homework is to play with a few new tools:

Stupeflix 

Muvee Cloud

Masher

Flixtime

Wevideo

Wideo

EZvid — Automatic slideshow maker for YouTube

If anyone knows of a good tech tool to use for making typography videos (You know, where the letters and words drop onto the screen?) please let me know. I cannot find a free version of anything.

Any ideas on other video creation tools?

I will post student made book trailers soon.

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7 thoughts on “We are Making Book Trailers

  1. Dawn Prochovnic April 17, 2014 at 10:44 am Reply

    I have a self-directed learning project for students interested in doing book trailers posted on my blog. You can find the series of posts here:
    http://www.dawnprochovnic.com/2013/01/capture-that-story-summary-post.html

    If students choose to incorporate my books into their project, I will do email chats and/or complimentary SKYPE visits with students to enhance the learning experience of the project.

    Two of my favorite resources (that I refer to in my blog posts are):

    http://bellbulldogreaders.edublogs.org/book-trailers/
    and
    http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/How+to+make+a+book+trailer

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  2. […] Teachers Talk share the tech tools they use to make book trailers. I’m definitely adding the making of book trailers to two of my courses next […]

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  3. Suzanne Gibbs April 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm Reply

    My kids really like using iMovie. They have an ability to put music and a preset format with what they want to say. It doesn’t have a ton of flexibility, but it’s a great way to start. Some of my kids have made terrific ones this way! Please share your opinion of the apps! Thanks!!

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  4. Gary Anderson April 9, 2014 at 9:41 am Reply

    We’re kind of stuck on Animoto and quickly falling out of love with it. I hope you’ll share the results of which platform(s) you and your students like best. Thanks.

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    • amyrasmussen April 9, 2014 at 11:22 am Reply

      Gary, I played with Stupefix yesterday, and I like it. It looks like we can make longer videos without having to buy the upgrade that Animoto requires. My students are playing around with some others, so yes, I will post an update when we learn some new tools that work well.

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  5. Katie Ann April 9, 2014 at 6:50 am Reply

    This is exactly what I want my students to do this last 6 weeks. I’ve never done this before, so do you have any tips? Or a rubric you are willing to share? How do you assess them?

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