Heritage High, Literacy Through Student Applied Technology

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Sunday February 8, 2015
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Heritage High increasing literacy through student applied technology

Heritage High Librarian Vickie Baker has implemented a student-involved book review initiative with her middle school students that incorporates current technology to increase literacy interest by providing student generated reader reviews in the form of video trailers.

school1According to Baker, the trailers are similar to movie trailers and provide both visual and audio information on the book being reviewed.  When a student completes the trailer, Baker posts it on Animoto.com, which is a cloud-based video creation service, and codes it with a QR (Quick Response) two-dimensional bar-code.  These codes have gained wide acceptance and are used for applications ranging from product tracking to advertising.  The QR code is then printed and pasted onto the front of the reviewed book to show a student has reviewed it.  From that point, any student browsing library books can simply scan the QR code with an appropriate application on their cell phone and view the review in real time.

Springfield guitar violin white 300Baker said she ran a trial version of the program last year and that the concept took a bit of time for students to grasp.  Now, she says it is now growing rapidly as more and more of them take advantage of both generating and viewing the reviews.  She began keeping, uploading, and coding the trailers at the beginning of this school year and says she’ll have more than 70 of them by first semester’s conclusion.

Kid’s love it,” she said.  “At first it was like they were saying, ‘Oh my goodness, where’s a book with a QR code,’ and there weren’t very many.  We’re getting more now and it’s gaining a real level of acceptance.”

school2Getting students to generate the reviews met with a little apprehension at first, says Baker, but now is not a problem.

At the beginning they were afraid it’s too much work and that they can’t do it,” she said.  At the end of the project, they’re like, ‘YES!  Look at this.’  Now that they know I’m posting these reviews on Animoto, they’re extremely excited.”

Developing and increasing literacy is Baker’s goal.

I want to see literacy increase, she said.  I would love to see every student come in here and be excited about finding a book.  I want to see every student that leaves White House Heritage love to read, or at least like it better than when they came in. I want to equip all my students with the skills to be 21st Century learners.”

From the level of enthusiasm displayed by her young scholars, it would appear that she’s well on her way to accomplishing her goals. Click here to see a review made by a student.Davidson Accademy 511 bHighland Rim ad 511 a

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  1. Thomas Shorter

    I really enjoyed making that trailer, thanks!
    😀

  2. Gautam Garg

    I think this is a brilliant application of QR Codes that allows students to not only showcase their creativity (through Animoto) but also allow readers to see a visual storyline of the book. Well done Vickie Baker and Heritage High. You can further enhance this solution by using trackable and designer QR Codes (maybe ones with a school logo in the centre). You can use the Scanova QR Code Generator for that.

    All the best for your project.

    Gautam Garg

    • Thomas Shorter

      Thanks Gautam Garg! I had wished to make the trailer longer but sadly since it was a project from school we couldn’t buy the 1 minute version or higher versions to make the trailer longer. Though I’m thinking of buying one of the versions to make it longer! Thanks!

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