Who Wouldn’t Want to Read Books After Seeing These?

A lot of us didn’t have access to opportunities like these when we were growing up.

We recently published a Spotlight article discussing Chromebooks and some of the ways in which they bolster educational opportunities for students in your schools. In that article, we discussed how CSD students in grades 6–8 have explored a wide variety of Google applications using Chromebooks, collaborating—in real time—on writing tasks with their classmates and even with virtual classmates from all around the world, conducting research for argumentative or informational essays, completing differentiated study in science, and completing skills assessments in mathematics.

Recently, seventh- and eighth-grade students developed book trailers—designed to hook potential readers—as part of their Language Arts coursework using Chromebooks and free Google account tools like MoveNote, WeVideo, YouTube, Powtoon, Google Slides, and Google Docs. Some students also linked Animoto clips to their book trailers’ introductions.

Please click here to watch CMS seventh grader Jackie Palaza’s book trailer about The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

Please click here to watch CMS seventh grader Abby Palaza’s book trailer about The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen.

Even Assistant Principal Dovid Yagoda got in on the movie trailer scene with the students; please click here to watch his book trailer about Jinx by Sage Blackwood.


These embedded technology practices in curriculum are taking place right now in your classrooms, providing educators with the opportunity to guide students in appropriate expectations as digital citizens—true real-world practice and preparation for college and career readiness.

Furthermore, such work fosters opportunities for students to connect their reading ideas and thoughts with readers beyond their classrooms’ walls … and differentiated choices allow students to create work that matches their book recommendations with a technology readiness level as they bring their text discussion to life with audio and video features.

The FY 2015 budget includes funding to procure a Chromebook for each student in grades 7 and 8 and a laptop for each student in grade 9 to support academics in the core areas of science, social studies, and language arts.

Questions? Comments? Please contact Colchester Middle School at (802) 264-5800, or call our administrative offices at (802) 264-5999. We want to hear from you!

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