Monday, October 20, 2014

A Smashing Good Book… Google Site Style

Every summer many students sign up for Pre-Ap English Language Arts classes. Students know they will continue their learning through their summer reading projects.  This type of summer reading project, which adds a digital touch, advances literacy, strengthens critical thinking, and authentically engages students to ensure an increased level of academic performance.  One particular project exceeded Mrs. Laynie Johnson's expectations with something that is known as App Smashing. The definition of App Smashing is the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project all included under one accessible URL.

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Emmarie, 6th grader from Wilson Middle School, chose the book The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen.  She chose to show conflict resolution by using a comic creator called Pixton, figurative language was expressed by a multimedia presentation called eMaze, and her personal connection was showcased in a Smore digital flyer.  To bring all of the tools together she showcased them on a Google Site that is easy to navigate and has eye appeal.  The goal of the project is to CAPTURE the audience into reading the book and she certainly has done a great job.

While this project was intended for this school year, Emmarie has a vision for this Google Site to continually add to it each year to incorporate all of her summer reading projects for her Pre-Ap English Language Arts classes to show growth and curate her reading to share with others. 

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