Saturday, November 26, 2011

Readers Advisory 2.0 - Collaborative Genre Prezis

One of the things I get asked to do each year is to talk to students about literary genres.  Not only do many Language Arts teachers at my school have students complete genre related independent reading projects, but often genre is a great way to either hook a new reader or start a readers advisory conversation.  Over the years, I've tackled this in different ways - doing book talks, creating bibliographies, showing book trailers, etc.  This year, however, I've decided to take this readers advisory standard to the next level by creating collaborative projects where students contribute to our collective knowledge of each genre.

As I have the opportunity to speak with students (both formally and informally) about genre, I invite them to contribute to the growing collection of Prezis that are being generated related to different types of books.  Students can add book trailers, reviews, artwork, fan fiction or you name it.  And now that Prezi affords users the opportunity to collaborate on projects, the sky is really the limit.  (I'm thinking of this as sort of a free version of what the Pottermore site promises to be - only without all the hassle of trying to make a bajillion (more) dollars).

Obviously, my role includes tempting students to contribute and moderating what they do share, but I've also started including links to our curated genre collages in my marc records.  Lately, I've been adding a 599 tag (which is a searchable local note) to related records and adding the link to titles in the specific genre.  For example, the other day I added 2 new copies of Divergent by Veronica Roth, and when I did, I made sure to add the link to our Sci Fi prezi in the 599 tag.  I already advise students to click on the subject headings when they find a book they like in our OPAC, so this seemed like a natural extension.  A few kids have already stumbled across them without my prompting.  It's fun to watch them discover it - like a hidden treasure.

Anyway, here are a few of the genres that we've been working on.  I'm excited about the potential in these projects and about the ability to make my reader advisory program a bit more substantive.  Further, even though Prezi is a favorite tech tool of teachers at my school, I've never thought of it as a curation tool... that is, until now! As always, what's mine is yours.  Feel free to use, remix, share and make these better.  Just keep in mind that they're a work in progress!




12 comments:

  1. What a wonderful way to showcase and promote books by genre! I am a Prezi fan, but never thought to use it in this way. Your work is an inspiration.

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  2. Impressive! I love the collaborative nature of your Prezi. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. As always, you rock! These Prezis are a perfect example of using technology to promote reading. I hope you don't mind if I add a link to this post to my Ramp Up Reading with Technology Wiki. I'll be sharing it with South Carolina school librarians at our conference in March 2012.

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  4. I love these prezis - do you mind if I borrow the idea and share your website?

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  5. Gosh, thanks so much, everyone! Yes! Please feel free to use/share anything I post here - including these Prezis. I'd love to see what you/your students come up with, so please share!

    Cheers!
    j

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  6. This is a fantastic idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Ideas are formulating in my head about how I could use this format in a similar way.

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  7. I will definitely use these when I get back to fiction after Christmas. Right now I have to take a break for the industrial revolution and Uncle Tom. (I don't mean that in a derogatory sense. His cabin. Which was realistic fiction at the time. But now it's historical. Gosh, my brain hurts.)

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  8. I adore this! Off to check my catalog to see if this is a possibility...

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  9. Your generosity is amazing! I shared these with some 6th grade classes yesterday. I made a resource list in the catalog adding more titles, and all but 4 of them were checked out by the end of the day. Oh, and an artistic teacher is making directional signs like you posted on the Smackdown wiki. I'm thinking we should name this place the Library Girl Memorial Library!

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  10. Again, thanks to each of you for your kind words of encouragement! You know, sometimes even "library girl" has a bad day - coming home to comments like these was just what I needed! Thanks!

    SEMS Library Lady: Please share your directional signs when you are finished!

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  11. I just started using Prezi for online Readers' Advisory presentations. Yours are much cooler than mine :)

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