What to do?
There's a book talk scheduled on Friday, but on Thursday I'm sitting here with a very sick 7 month old baby in my arms.
This is the dilemma I had in front of me yesterday. I knew my little girl could not go to daycare as she was, but I had a teacher who loves my book talks scheduled for the next day. She had booked in a good solid month in advance and was looking forward to it.
So I did the only thing I could do.
I pulled out my iPad and taped a book talk right there in my own home office and library. It even had a special guest appearance from my daughter, who picked out a book for everyone!
I could have just taped a 10 minute video this way, but I used a variety of technology to make this happen.
First, I recorded the videos with my iPad. My laptop didn't have a great quality camera, and while my Samsung Galaxy S6 has an amazing camera, I was running out of storage space on it. So the iPad it was!
I recorded each part of the book talk seperately.
* Book 1
* Book 2
* Book 3
* Book 4
Once the videos were recorded on my iPad, I uploaded them to my Google Drive via my Google Drive app on my iPad.
Once the videos were uploaded, I use WeVideo as an editor for this video.
I heart WeVideo. It's my favorite editor by far for students. There are just so many things to love about it. From the fact that everything is cloud based to it's easy interface, it makes a video project so much easier!
We have 50 "seats" in WeVideo available for student use int he library and next year we will have 150! Very excited about that.
WeVideo has Google Drive integration, so from WeVideo, I pulled all of the videos into the program from my Google Drive. Then I edited it pretty simply together using titles and pictures to make it look a little more sleek and professional. I think they help the students to remember the books I talked about!
I was also able to pull in a trailer to an upcoming movie into my virtual book talk as well. Overall, it went over very well. The whole process didn't take me too long to put together. Since I've done it before, I had it down pretty well what I wanted it all to look like.
Hopefully I won't have to do too may of these in the future! But it worked perfectly for a time where I couldn't be there. The teacher was extremely happy!
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past three years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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