“Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” – Edmund Burke
I liked Glee before it was cool. I really enjoy music and the way they integrated two songs into one and created a “mash up” of a song overjoyed me. Did you have the original Glee Soundtrack? Because I did! Two weeks ago, I told my students we were going to create an app mash-up. This is when you integrate apps together to create a final presentation.
Previously, we created a character analysis using Popplet Lite. The past few weeks we have been studying plot and how a story unfolds. Students analyzed their group novels (Because of Winn-Dixie, Hatchet, Stone Fox, or Allie Finkle: Rules For Girls) and chose what they believed to be the 7 most important events of the story. They then placed the sequence of events in order using Popplet Light. Next, they illustrated each event using Doodle Buddy.
It was at this moment when I got all giddy and described an “App Mash-Up”. When I told them we were going to mash up their Popplet Project with Explain Everything, they told me that we create App Mash-Ups all the time. “Yeah, I already imported my Doodle Buddy picture into Popplet”. Ok, they got me, so this wasn’t a new skill. However, the kids had to look at integrating each app appropriately. I gave the students rubrics with must do’s and may do’s for each app.
Once their must do’s were complete using Popplet Light, they imported their project into Explain Everything. It was at this time that they were required to tell me why they chose the events as the most important events of the story. Using the rubric paired with “must do/may do” child friendly language allowed me to help those that needed additional support. Students that were already app and reading savvy were able to create their projects and help classmates around them. I am very proud of my students’ projects. For those that need a little more support and time to grow as learners, we will have another App Mash-Up soon!
How can you integrate appropriate apps to create projects for our students to complete? How can we challenge students to think about novels critically?
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