The Teacher Tip

Book Video Blogs Stimulate Classrooms

November 7, 2017

Adapted from Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom by Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke.

Set up a blog where your students can discuss books they are reading online. Encourage students to record Book Video Blogs, or “Vlogs,” to their personal page. Show them a tutorial video on how to post videos to their blogs. Create a Book Vlog Anchor Chart, like the one below, to instruct students to make a creative “Vlog” of their own.

How to make a Book Vlog:

  • Set the scene: think about your background.
  • Smile and greet your viewers.
  • Show the cover of your book, title, and author as you introduce it.
  • Give important details: part of a series? Genre? Length?
  • Tell us about the book. What happens? Share your thinking and your feelings.
  • Speak loud and clear so your audience can hear you.
  • Listen to make sure your Vlog sounds good before you post it.
  • Show it to a friend for feedback.

These snapshots enhance our classroom with technology. They also reflect some of our core beliefs about teaching. These video recordings transform how we assess our developing readers and writers. When our students record a video reflection we get a clear picture of how they’re building knowledge around a topic. A video of a student talking about his or her learning is the feedback we need to plan tomorrow’s instruction. Kids like to talk; when we open the door for them to do so, we get a great deal of insight into them as learners, thinkers, communicators, and people.

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