Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Selfies: A Modern Tech Twist on Book Reports

I love teaching technology, but truly miss teaching reading skills. There's something so magical about books! Even the most reluctant readers have a book that they enjoy listening to, or reading themselves. 
In the midst of Read Across America, I wanted to include my students' favorite books in a technology project. Thus, the book selfie project was born!

I invited students to bring a book they loved to our technology rotation. Our lab uses Chromebooks that includes a webcam that is easy to use and the pictures can be directly inserted in a Google Document without the hassle of saving and importing the photo. Students logged onto their Google account and created a new Google Drawing document (we love Google Drawing!). 

With a book in their hand, they took a book selfie and shared their love for their book in a poster. It was fun to see students pose for their pictures. I wish I could show you their pictures, because their selfies were soooo adorable! 

The posters are now displayed in our school's hallway as a way to inspire our school community to read some of our favorite books! 

Here's a quick tutorial to help get you started on your class' #bookselfies!:
Students used Google Drawing for this project. Google Drawing is free and since it uses the cloud, your students' work will be automatically saved. Your students will need a Google account before creating their book selfie. 
Taking a selfie is a breeze. All students need to do once they are in Google Drawing is click on the "image" icon, then select "take a snapshot." Students will then need to give Google permission to access their computer's webcam by selecting "allow."
Insert your picture into your document by hitting "select." Students can add text boxes (click on the 'T') to write their book's title, author, and why they recommend their book. You can modify this project by having students write a book summary, explaining their book's theme, discuss their favorite character... the possibilities are nearly endless! 

I would highly suggest playing around with the icons to see all of the options Google Drawing has to offer. Thank you Google for making this application free!! 

How are you integrating technology during literacy? I would love to hear about your technology projects!



  1. I am surprised that I am the first who comment here, because this idea is just great! I am 100% confident that students will love this. I am not a teacher, but I am going to offer my son do the same, because we all know that children are crazy about taking selfies and this one will just inspire them to write. And it’s a challenge make them create some paper, and they would more likely turn to essay paper writing services because it’s too boring for them. However, this activity will also make them post this assignment online.

  2. The benefits of modern technology on our daily lives are immense and many of us cannot imagine living without our gadgets, such as, smartphones, tablets, and desktop/laptop computers.

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