Ms. Donnelly Reads

"A Reader Lives a Thousand Lives" George R.R. Martin

The class time we had to make this project kind of freaked me out! Creating a 3 minute movie about books of our choosing, using a different format than I’d used for my Eleanor and Park book trailer had me in knots. I brought the mic, forgot the connector… Luckily, I’ve got smart teammates and their laptop had the tech for what we needed… Just another face palm…

I love that we stayed in the vein of our makerspace project and chose fractured fairytales, which are becoming a whole new genre in and of itself! From there, we had to find photos and do a voice over for our book. The book I chose, Rump by Liesl Shurtliff, isn’t terribly old and images were not easy to come by. Again, my wonderful teammates taught me how to snip photos from Youtube when screen shots didn’t work. Who KNEW I’d be learning all of this stuff in such a short amount of time! It’s kind of wild… Before I started this class, my tech knowledge was limited to Facebook, Pinterest, Microsoft Office, and Prezi. Now, I’ve got a Twitter account (which I still don’t do much with), have fallen in love with Canva and am making flyers for friends and their various happenings, figured out how to make book trailers, know what digital storytelling is, created a makerspace for a “library”, and more than I could possibly figure out- and that’s just the last 5 weeks! If only I were younger with a less tired brain and no kids… I’d be able to build flying ships!! ha!

This is something I’d like to try with my students this year. I figure I’ve got another school year before I can get into a library position and why not play with this stuff now so I can arrange for interesting activities for the kids when they come to the library!

Yours in Sort-Of-Tech-Savvy (weeeeeeeellllll… that may be pushing it a little bit),


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