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Selfies: It's All About Me!

Create a digital interactive e-book to introduce yourself!
Emily S.
Technology coordinator
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

1. Use a variety of tech tools to create a personal narrative e-book. 

2. Think critically about how to describe themselves to their audience.

Transfer Goal

Effectively communicate for different purposes and varied audiences using appropriate media.

Enduring Understanding

Audience Influences Communication

Essential Question

How do I design and create an interesting digital narrative?

English Language Arts
Grades 1 – 3
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1 Hook: Day One

1. Create your own digital interactive e-book (following all the steps below) to introduce yourself to your students.

2. Tell students that they will be creating their own "All About Me" e-books so you can get to know them better.

3. First, open the book creator app and have students write the title and author of their book in book creator. Next, show students how to take a selfie for the front cover and insert it into the book. Then show them how to add their name under their picture.

2 Direct Instruction & Guided Practice: Day 2

Use the popplet app to help students organize what they will say in their mini story when they record themselves using the tellegami app. Tellagami only allows 30 seconds to record, so their mini story should be something like this:

Beginning: Name and grade level

Middle: something interesting about themselves.

End/Conclusion: Nice to meet you, thanks for watching

Click here for an example of a popplet tree map.

When students have practiced what they want to say,  show them how to record their mini story using Tellagami. Save it to the camera roll and import into book creator. 

3 Independent Practice: Day 3 - 4

Have students pair-share which pages they want to try in their book. Then have students fill out a tree map outlining the pages that will go into their story and which tool they will use. i.e. chatterpix, tellagami, word cloud, videolicious. They only need 3 pages, but they can include more. They should write down any words that they may need to know how to spell in their story.

Go over the expectations for their book: 

- picture and name on the front 

- rename the book with the title and author 

- 3 pages in your final product 

- At least one video on a page 

Let students choose which tools to use to create the rest of their book. It would be helpful to have video tutorials for students to watch to learn how to use the tools they choose. YouTube has many tutorials if you do not want to create your own. 

4 Wrap Up: Day 5

When students finish their ebooks in book creator, they can export those books to an e-reader such as iBooks, Nook, or Kindle. Then let students read the e-books their classmates createsd.