Abolish Boring Book Reports

Everyone has been there… “I have to write how many pages?!!?”  Book reports are boring!  Why bore your kiddos and abolish the fun of reading by assigning book reports?  There are a ton of alternatives out there, especially technologies that will bring those boring book reports to life and engage your students!

Here is my Top Six Book Report Alternatives:

1)  GLOGSTER  On this site your students will be able to create interactive posters about their books.  They can insert images, text, graphics, and videos.

2)  KERPOOF  Students can use Kerpoof to test reading comprehension. If your students are reading a story or book that fits one of the scenes they offer, have them demonstrate comprehension by creating a scene that illustrates the story. Then have them translate their picture into a summary of the story.  This idea was offered on the Kerpoof site.

3)  ANIMOTO  Everyone has been to the movies.  Why not challenge your students to create a movie trailer?  Using animoto your students will be able to create brief videos highlighting the key parts of the book they’ve read.  Remind them to only highlight the high interest parts  of the books because their job is to make their classmates want to read their book too, just like a movie trailer’s job is to make people want to see a new movie.

4)  ZOOBURST  I’ve never met a kid who didn’t enjoy a pop-up book!  Now there are computer-based pop-up books!  Your students can create their own 3-D pop up books online that retell the story they’ve read.  Maybe the adventures of (insert character name here).

5)  AUDACITY  Teachers can allow their students to create a script re-enacting their favorite part of the book they’ve read and record their skits on Audacity.  They can then export the skits as WAV files and post the files to Moodle for their whole class to enjoy!

6)  Another simple idea is using Windows Movie Maker to create a video using pictures and audio.  The example below was probably prepared with this or a similar software.




About bulldogtechteach

I am a technology integrator serving in a k-1 and a 2-5 elementary building. I firmly believe in the power of technology to engage students and allow them to create and master their learning.
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