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E-Books in Grade 6

posted Mar 16, 2015, 3:56 AM by William Farren   [ updated Mar 16, 2015, 4:00 AM ]


Over the last few weeks, students in grade 6 have been creating e-books about evolution and the rise of early humans. This project culminated with 5th grade students visiting 6th grade classrooms to see what students had created.

Students worked on a variety of technology skills during this project. They worked collaboratively, using shared documents within the Google Apps for Education suite. Students also used the green screen (wall) to record themselves. Later, using the chroma-key feature in their favorite video editing app, they were able to virtually place themselves in interesting situations within the video. These videos were later uploaded to the cloud where they could be embedded into their e-book for playback. A big part of this project from a technology perspective, was to concentrate on page layout. Using a grid format, tables were created for the consistent and esthetically appealing placement of media. Media such as text, images, captions and videos placed into a grid allows for better distribution and balance of content. Students also used hyperlinks extensively to connect content throughout the book. For example, a glossary or table of contents using hyperlinks would take the reader directly to the page in question, improving the book's overall usability.

Tech Skills in this Project

  • Collaboration through shared documents
  • Advanced video editing using chroma-keying
  • Layout and design using grids (tables)
  • Hyperlinking within a document
  • Image manipulation to create annotations, arrows, captions, etc.
  • Versioning; reverting to previous versions of document when needed
  • Creative use of an assortment of technology tools
  • Use of multimedia in one document: videos, images, text...
  • Creating media for cross-platform utilization  (web, computer, tablet...)
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