Introducing the Reading Activists instagrammer in residence | Reading Agency

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Reading Activist groups will be commissioning Emma Healey to make six short videos inspired by a book of their choice using the video app Instagram.

Louise Robinson-Lay‘s insight:

Emma makes Instagram and books come together in a wonderful way here. She creates short videos related to book reviews sent to her by others. This would be a great book report idea.

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Record Voice & Pen app for Windows in the Windows Store

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Learn more about Record Voice & Pen by OakReFactory and download it from the Windows Store

Louise Robinson-Lay‘s insight:

I received a new work computer yesterday and it runs Windows 8. After an hour or so of playing I got the hNg of it. Now it’s time to add apps and fully customize it. This app looks like a useful, if basic, one for a teacher. You can record the pen strokes and audio from a simple whiteboard with a customizable background. It is free.

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Toby Yeung: Multimedia Designer with Passion for Graphics, Characters and Figure Design

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Toby Yeung is a Hong Kong-based multimedia designer who is just exceptionally obsessed with characters design. He represents the passion of graphic, characters and figure design and publish artworks under the name tobyhk. He was awarded “40 Under 40” given to the 40 “most influential and outstanding designers in Greater China.

See on www.lostateminor.com

Creative Responses to Texts

Shakespeare can be challenging to learn and teach at times and we have to constantly rethink ways to make it relevant and interesting. I am trying out tools that I think I might ask my students to use in the attempt to do some creative responses to Macbeth. At a discussion with the year 10 teachers at St Margaret’s School who we are a brother school to, we thought that we might try Glogster as there is an educational version which schools can use.
I do not like to ask students to do anything that I haven’t tried to do myself so I gave it a go. Here’s my first attempt for Macbeth, although I have used it before, a few years ago. What I am looking for is a creative response that shows an understanding of the key themes or ideas and presents them in visual form. I have not yet written the rubric, my trial was to come first, but that is my next job. So far, it is an easy and quick way to do the task; it was a minor assessment piece, not a major one, so I did not want them to have to spend more than two lessons on it. Here’s the finished (very quickly!) product
Oh, I also created an Animoto video which I uploaded onto YouTube

to embed into the glogster. Too much fun!