Book Trailers tempt viewers to read the book that is featured in the digital movie. Creating book trailers with students from other countries and cultures can provide a fascinating insight in to their cultures.
Our students were part of an exciting partnership with the Melbourne Writers Festival in 2011 and two schools in Malaysia. Another school from Bulgaria added some of their existing material. A learning activity for creating book trailers with global students follows.
Global Student, Global Stories
(This makes a great follow up to mystery skype connections or other regular classroom contacts over skype.)
Students from several schools create book trailers (digital movies that inspire viewers to read the book featured). The trailers are published online for sharing and global viewing .
The essential learning:-
Students will learn about favourite books of students in other countries. They will collaborate and share stories through the use of computer software and online tools including MS Powerpoint, Photostory, MS Live Movie Maker and a shared online space. See our globalstorytelling wiki. Students learn about the different cultures and more of their own culture. Students will learn netiquette, digital citizenship, virtual communication, privacy and plagiarism through experience. Students will experience real deadlines for their work.
- Access to computers and software including MS Powerpoint, Moviemaker and/or Photostory.
- Communicate with the school leadership team and the parents to ensure that all are informed of the intentions and the outcomes.
- Permission forms (if required)
- Find other global partners willing to participate. This could be done through the community at MS Partners for Learning or through the Mystery Skype group.
- Create a teacher skype group for 24/7 conversations, planning the activity collaboratively, sharing problems, technical issues and discussing the outcomes and the collaborative online space.
- If the classes share similar time zones, regular linkups could be part of the interactive, global approach.
- Computer access for students
- Cameras/video cameras/
- Paper or collaborative documents for brainstorming
- Sample book trailers (there are many to be found online)
- Discuss the nature of and reason for book trailers.
- View existing book trailers online.
- Brainstorm as a class potential books and the nature of the outcomes.
- Discuss possible cultural sensitivities, netiquette and digital citizenship
- Talk about privacy, copyright and plagiarism
- Ensure students are skilled in the use of tools such as MS Photostory, PowerPoint, MovieMaker and MS Paint. Teachers who are not confident in these skills could skype in an expert or one of the global partners to teach the class
- Teach students how to publish their movies and upload to an online space
Developing the book trailers
- Students create their design or storyline in PowerPoint.
- Students share design with teacher before commencing.
- An online collaborative space should be created by an expert teacher– the space should allow discussions, school pages, individual student pages, links to resources and the use of a variety of media ie movies, images etc See our Globalstorytelling site http://globalstorytelling.wikispaces.com as an example
- Students introduce themselves by adding an appropriate profile sharing interests on the online space. Add appropriate images to show what it looks like where they live. See sample student pages Rachael (http://globalstorytelling.wikispaces.com/Rachael+E+HA) and Georgia (http://globalstorytelling.wikispaces.com/Georgia+H+HA)
- Students/teachers use the discussion tab for interaction, questions and feedback
- Student blogs can be used to journalise the learning and should be added as link on their page.
Publishing the trailers
- Completed Trailers are published, uploaded to youtube, vimeo or other space and embedded in the appropriate student page.
- Arrange a virtual book trailer premiere. Classes linkup over skype, share screens and watch selected completed book trailers. Invite the parents along.
- Provide certificates to be handed out virtually by the partner global teacher
- Setup a student summit where the global classes share the learning.
- Partner with the relevant Writers Festival in the state or country and suggest to be part of their annual festivals, bringing in your partner schools virtually where possible. (Students in our school went to Melbourne for the Melbourne Writers Festival and shared their learning on the big stage and screen at Federation Square. The Malaysian students were videoconferenced in through skype and shared their movies and learning virtually. See http://bit.ly/mwf11)
- Promote and share the work of your students with others – tweet out links, promote through blogs, educational facebook pages and other social networking sites.
- If the books are in the school library add qr codes to the book. Other students can scan the code and be taken to the created book trailers online so that they can see whether they want to read them.
- Buy some books featured by students in the partner global school(s) and add to the school library.
- Commence a virtual book club between the schools.
Watch how this was done on Global Stories through Book Trailers and see student reflections on their involvement from both countries.