“There’s so much more to a book than just the reading.” By Maurice Sendak
Booktrack aims to improve student literacy through encompassing technology and Common Core Standards. It can be used two different ways: One is students can read stories, poems and other texts that are associated with a ‘movie-style’ soundtrack or two, students can create Booktracks, using their own writing.
How does it work?
You choose a book. As you read, you’ll see an arrow going down the right-hand margin of the page. This arrow moves down the page as you read so that your reading speed goes with the soundtrack. If the arrow moves too fast or slow, use the plus and minus icons at the bottom of the page to change the speed.
If you want students to create their own book, they can do so in a few easy steps:
1. Click on the icon create
2. Type the story
3. Add the sound track by highlighting the text you want to each part of the story from the library of over 20,000 sound clips.
4. Preview and then publish!
Here are my ten reasons why I like Booktrack:
3. It is easy to create a class account. To enroll your students into your class add their name and select add or just upload a CSV file – Booktrack will set them up for you.
4. Books for all levels of students elementary, middle and high.
5. If you have any questions or need assistance just click on “Help” in the upper right hand corner. There are video tutorials to help guide you as well, which makes it very user-friendly.
6. Works on all devices! (Great for BYOT classrooms)
7. The books are all labeled with genre, type, language and ratings.
8. Students can create their own books and publish them so others can read as well.
9. The sound track can distract some students but you can mute it and read it just like a regular e-book.
10. Teachers can use the books as their read alouds; modeling on an eReader can help promote 21st century digital literacy skills.
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