Technology is second nature to my students, and they use social media to make their first impressions. Why not adapt some of the apps they are already using, to help them get engaged with the reading, writing, and publishing process? That’s where #booksnaps come in. Jennifer Huff designed this fun graphic (https://twitter.com/Jhuff1201/status/820823270031294464) to visually show several benefits for teachers who use #BookSnaps in the ELA classroom.
This is something that I know my students will enjoy. Using the COVA approach (Harapnuik, Thibodeaux, & Cummings, 2018) to instruction, this is another way our students can demonstrate their learning while still giving a choice, ownership, and voice to our learners. Using the technology to publish an artifact they will be proud to share will provide them with an authentic learning experience. How should we get started?
Using an iPad with the Photos app
*Take a picture of the book page
*Open in Photos app.
*Click on the 3 horizontal lines or “the hamburger” (upper right hand corner)
*Then click the circle with 3 dots (right side)
*Choose the toolbox “markup” – your tools will show at the bottom.
Using iPhone with the Photos app
*Take a picture of the book page.
*Open in Photos app
*Click on the 3 horizontal lines with circles on them
*Click on the circle with 3 dots
Still not convinced? Not sure exactly how this will look in your classroom? Check out this video from Tara Martin ( http://www.tarammartin.com/resources/booksnaps-how-to-videos/ ). She has included several examples using different platforms on her website. Check them out, and your get ready for student engagement!
Harapnuik, D., Thibodeaux, T., & Cummings, C. (2018, January). COVA: Choice, Ownership, and Voice through Authentic Learning [PDF]. Creative Commons License.