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Creating Readers: Interactive Technology

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*Tools highlighted in presentation

Interactive Web Tools    
Name Description Suggestions for Use Examples

*Big Huge Labs



 Do fun stuff with your digital photos. Create and print personalized motivational posters, calendars, movie posters, magazine covers, badges, mosaics, collages, and more

~Make a trading card,

~magazine cover for book characters

~use poster feature to create visuals of vocabulary words

~Make a mosaic or collage

~Create a photobooth scene depicting a plot or character development

~make a Movie poster

Stink Movie Poster 


Cinderella Magazine Cover




Seesaw empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school.

Students capture learning with photos and videos of their work, or by adding digital creations. Everything gets organized in one place and is accessible to teachers from any device.

Can use in conjunction with other apps, such as Book Creator and Tellagami

Video Description

~New Vocabulary

~Key Ideas and Details from a book

~Reading fluency practice

and more

Ideas Slideshow 

Teacher Stories 


Seesaw's YouTube Channel




Create customized speaking characters 






~Voki Presenter: Create a presentation using Voki avatar

~Voki Teach: Example (Subscription required)

~Student response to questions about text

~Book Review

~Book Trailer

~Avatars representing characters discuss motivation, actions, etc.

No More Dead Dogs Report example 

Original poetry example-middle school




Blabberize is a very easy application that allows you to speak through a picture. Students can manipulate the picture to say what they want in an engaging way.

~Blabberize photos to define vocabulary words for jigsaw activity

~find characters from a novel and record their favorite line or lines from the story

~have studentsdo a brief monologue as the character of a book, perhaps even on a specific topic. What would Hermione Granger have to say about the treatment of house elves?

~read poetry aloud

~Introduce themselves by reading a paragraph they've written

 Historical Characters




 Collaborate and create on an interactive blackboard

highlight favorite quotes,

~ask questions, ~discuss characters and more. Teachers can then take the page and present it in class to spark continued face-to-face discussion. 

 Record reading responses

Google Lit Trips 



Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Along the way, placemarks with pop-up windows contain "just in time" resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about "real world" references in that portion of the story, creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students.  ~bring stories to life as you map out the events  High School Lit Trips 



From Monica Burns:


Clever, interactive ways to get kids excited about reading using GarageBand

Her suggestions include:

~Booktalk podcast

~Character interview


Adobe Spark






~Book report

~Students read aloud from text to create a story


~Rhyming Words 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret 


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