The students made this slide show collaboratively using Gdocs, each of them took one of the poems they wrote and created a slide to add to the show! The fact that this would be made public was motivational to many students. Once the district is fully transitioned to Google Apps then this project will be much easier.
This time I created a Google Presentation Doc and put a link to it on the Language Arts site. I had students create the slide first in Keynote (they all have Macbooks thanks to MLTI) and then realized that Gdocs only allow PowerPoint slides to be imported. Luckily Keynote allows you to save a presentation as a .PPT and then students were able to import their slide into the class presentation. This conversion and importing left its mark on some student’s work, odd characters, missing images and so on. Next time I will have them sign in to GApps, create a slide and import that slide, or just create a slide within the group presentation – to be honest I don’t know why I didn’t do that to begin with. . . lesson learned.
To see the 8th grade poetry book click here: http://bit.ly/poetrybook2010 If clicking doesn’t seem to work copy and paste the address.
When you’re done come back and leave me a comment about what you thought. I’ll pass them on to the kids.
- Using Poetry Writing Across the Curriculum (brighthub.com)
- Hate PowerPoint? Here Are 5 Web-based Alternatives (readwriteweb.com)
- Prezi – add a twist to your presentation (prezi.com)