Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nonfiction Digital Research Projects: Part 3

This is the last of a three part series.  Part 1 was about my shift in thinking about nonfiction and part 2 was about the instructional practices.  

I heard about Thinglink several times in twitter chats especially #5thchat. I was intrigued by the opportunity to combine facts, photos and videos. I sat up a teacher account for free, and I received individual emails and passwords. It is very teacher friendly. I wanted to continue our writer's workshop but integrate technology. The power of connecting their writer's notebook and their final digital presentation was important because my goal continues to focus on the best tool for the project. I have never assigned research topics, but I am totally guilty for spending way too much time on one research project.  From start to finish, we completed our first round of research in two weeks.  The students really enjoyed this project, and I want to share some of their reflections. There was a huge shift in their thinking about technology and how they have redefined research. 

Here are a few example enjoy!


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    1. I am so excited to begin our summer conversations and sharing.

  2. Thanks for sharing this idea on DigiLit Sunday. I will definitely consider Thinglink for a digital research project next year. I am happy I found it. It does seem to be user friendly. Does Thinglink allow student accounts without a unique email address for each student?

  3. Yes I used one email address and each student is assigned their own password for creating their project. The projects are not private,, but I didn't have any problem with them being public. My students LOVED them.