Thursday, October 10, 2013

Book trailer bonanza!

HMS Library aides have been working very hard over the past few weeks to design and produce creative book trailers, which are short videos created to persuade someone to read a book.

It was a project on which we collaborated with students from Rock Quarry Middle School. RQMS designed a rubric which served as the guide for both schools' book trailer projects. The end result we are working toward is building a nice selection of book trailers that can be used to enhance the school libraries of both schools.

It has been an awesome learning experience in which we have learned about everything from the realities of local network filtering, using video equipment, converting video files to another format required by our production software, and fighting learning/working with video streaming resources. The students have learned an awful lot about video production, and I am so very proud of them!

One highlight of this project was that students were able to have a video conference session via Skype. They talked about their books and some tips they learned while working on the project, which made it even more real and meaningful for the kids at both HMS and RQMS. We hope to work on more projects in the future with Rock Quarry Middle School!

Posted below are some of the students' books trailers. We hope you enjoy them!

Braydie - Big Nate
Lizzie and Erica - Divergent
Andrew and Chandler - Guiness Book of World Records
Seth - 39 Clues
Bryant - Among the Free
Raylen - The Outsiders
Aaron - The Giver
JT - Percy Jackson
Kyle and Steven - Graceling
Kaylin and Roxie - Hunger Games
Casey, Dallas, and Emma - Letters from Rifka (sources are cited in the description of the video)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Teen Read Week

Students at Hueytown Middle School are working hard to get ready for Teen Read Week 2013! Be on the lookout for posts written by students explaining the significance of Teen Read Week as well as digital resources created by library aides to promote this library event.