Featured wiki: BookTrailersforReaders

Michelle Harclerode, Lee County’s 2010 Elementary Media Specialist of the Year, started the BookTrailersforReaders.com wiki in July, 2009.

booktrailersforreaders.com1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
I am a storyteller at heart. Last year at this time I discovered both book trailers (short digital videos which promote reading a certain book) and the world of Wikispaces. As a teacher librarian from Diplomat Elementary School in Lee County, Florida, I was excited to introduce both students and teachers to all that I was learning. The Web 2.0 concepts were new to me, but I was inspired to create a useful site for my own school. Book trailers on a wiki that allowed for student discussion seemed to be a natural fit. Originally I designed the site to introduce Florida’s best book list, known as the Sunshine State Young Reader Award books. My wiki started book conversations that helped to connect not only our school, but our district and even beyond to 40 countries. The long-range goal was to eventually teach students to make their own book trailers. However, things moved much quicker and our students immediately wanted to get in on the act and produce their own trailers. Creating trailers that can be seen by the world was a hook that engaged both avid and reluctant readers. Wikispaces became our portal that easily allowed students to produce, present, and publish. They produce using digital video tools, they present their book knowledge, and they publish to the global community. Web 2.0 tools, like Wikispaces, excite the learning process and help students authentically relate to the world around them. When creating trailers or book blogging on the wiki, my students would not only be engaged and focused, but joyfully exclaim, “I love that the whole world gets to see what I just did.”

2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
I love the ease of uploading videos (either through my file or embedded widget) and then precisely changing the size of the video by switching to wikitext editor. I am slowly learning to manipulate my pages with the wikitext editor and create pages with a slick, professional look. This feature is an example of the many choices you have with Wikispaces. And the ability to control these choices is also in my hands as well.

3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
The discussion tab with my various book trailer pages has provided a safe environment for student blogging at the elementary level. I have set the permissions to ensure this and receive emails as soon as a student blogs. When students create their own trailers, they also assume blog responsibility for their book, and of course I am still supervising.

4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
Two different times come to mind. One AHA moment time came when a librarian from another school said, “I could never get my kids to try the Sunshine State books and then they watch one of your trailers and the books just fly off the shelves.” With wikis you are truly reaching out in ways you may not even know. The second happens off and on, when students stop to tell me they are reading a new book and they are going to make me a trailer so great that I will have to put it on the wiki. It will be “wiki good.”

5. If you could ask, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
“This teacher librarian really cares about the story and will use all the creativity and tech-savvy tools she can to get kids to read. Michelle Harclerode knows a wiki is a way to make real connections happen and that teaching digital literacy matters.”

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  1. luka
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink


  2. Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Te felicito bibliowikifesor!!!

    Espero que otros bibliotecarios sepan de esta experiencia y se contagien de tan linda respuesta.

    La wiki en Wikispaces es una maravilla. Yo la requiero y mis alumnos también.


  3. norbert boruett
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    The wiki is a great web 2.0 tool.with wiki everyone can contribute. Students can write and in essence reflect on what they are learning.Essentially, engaging in constructivism.

    The student can contribute verbally via podasting and capture in on the wiki. Lastly it sweet to embedd your video on the wiki.
    You can post your webquest on the wiki and essentially you guide your student on the internet

  4. Helen Lee
    Posted August 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Thanks Michelle! the possibilities are endless where students are creating book trailers that would interest other students to read!
    I love this and now want to start a similar thing for our secondary library. First I have to skill up, but that will definitely happen – not sure how, but this site has fuelled my interest.

  5. Posted August 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Hola, le saludo desde Guatemala, Tierra del quetzal y de montañas.
    Es primera vez que ingreso a Wiki, pero en realidad no tengo mayor experiencia, por lo que le solicito su orientacion si fuere posible.

  6. Donna Zmrazek
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I love your website. I want to have my students work on book trailers this year too. It should be fun!

  7. Bronwyn Rumsey
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this. I have been trying to figure out a way to use a wiki in my classroom and keep getting stuck. Having just gone through 23 Things and learning to make booktrailers myself, this sounds like a great idea.

  8. Brandon
    Posted September 3, 2010 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    That is really cool

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