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Shannon McClintock Miller

3 Ways To Bring Learning To Life In PebbleGo With #Booksnaps!

April 3, 2019

As librarians and teachers, we are always on the lookout for learning activities that engage and excite our students. We want them to connect to the content we are sharing and have them create their own meaning from these learning experiences in the most authentic ways. Well, there is something new in the world of education that does just that.

They are called #BookSnaps! Have you heard of them?

Tara M. Martin is the teacher behind this wonderful idea. In fact, as a result of her teenage son using Snapchat, Tara started to think about ways to use it for education and with the books she was reading. This idea turned into #BookSnaps and today this strategy is used in education around the world. As I read #BookSnaps...Snapping for Learning and listened to a how-to video from her blog, R.E.A.L., I thought a lot about how our students comprehend what they are reading.

As Tara shared in her video, with BookSnaps students can connect to text in a way that is personal and unique for each learner. BookSnaps allow students to comprehend text and create meaning. They can connect to the text and make it personal by adding background experiences and knowledge. When this happens, the things they are learning will become even more sticky and stay within the long-term memory to a greater degree. With Booksnaps, students have their very own space to explore, express and create meaning to share with others in a unique and creative way. And the super cool part: every one of your students will find something different to share.

Now as I thought about BookSnaps and different books to use, another idea came to mind too: What about using PebbleGo and other eResources, such as eBooks in Capstone Interactive, to create BookSnaps too? And this time of year with the seasons changing, I think PebbleGo Science, and the interesting articles on Seasons would be a great place to start!

There are lots of ways you can create BookSnaps. I love looking at the hashtag #BookSnaps on Twitter and Instagram. Everyone shares so many terrific examples. For this post, I am going to show you how I created #BookSnaps using PebbleGo with three different digital apps or tools including Buncee, Seesaw and Google Drawings.



Let's start with Fall. You can use the article Apple Harvest when teaching your young learners about apples and harvest. As they are reading, listening, and watching this online article in PebbleGo, have them create a BookSnap.

They can use the Buncee app to create their BookSnap. First, they will need to take a picture of what they are going to share in their BookSnap. They can start a new Buncee, select Add a Background and select Photos. The camera roll will pop up. They can either choose a photo that is already there or click on the little grey camera in the left hand corner and it will take a picture within the Buncee app. Super easy to do!

After they have the picture of PebbleGo in Buncee, they can start adding assets. So many things can be added within a Buncee including stickers, animations, images from the web, YouTube videos, drawings, text, photos, and more. This is how students can demonstrate their learning and comprehension in Buncee. Notice that a video has been added, interactive animations, stickers and text to tell their story.



Next up is Winter, as we pay our farewell to it for another year. For this one, let's use the Seesaw app, which can be found here.  Seesaw is a student driven digital portfolio app. The student will Add Something to their class. From here, they will click on Photo to capture an image of the winter article you are reading.

After the picture is in your Seesaw portfolio, you can add text, drawings and even record your reflection which is very easy to do. What a neat way to have students show off what they know! When they are finished, the students will upload it into their account where likes can be given and comments can be made. This feedback is very authentic and meaningful to students, especially while using a method such as BookSnaps.


Google Drawings

For the last example, let's use Summer and tie it into talking about plants, especially Garden Plants as within the article. This time the student is going to use Google Drawings. For this one, students will take a screenshot of the page they want to #BookSnap and upload it into Google Drawings. After it is uploaded, they can add things to the screenshot such as text, word art, arrows, drawings, lines, shapes, tables and more.

I just love the idea of using BookSnaps with PebbleGo when teaching students about the seasons. It would be really special to also pair the database with books and eBooks focusing on seasons too. I have two favorite series from Capstone and Cantata Learning that would be perfect! One is the Winter Math Set which includes 6 interactive books with fun stories and songs. Also, the Water All Around Us series would be another important science tie in to all of the different weather found throughout each season. You can see how a Cantata Learning book can be used to create a BookSnap with Buncee. In the right hand corner, a link to the music is even included. When this is shared, other students can even sing along.  

As you can see there are so many different ways BookSnaps can be created and lots of different tools to use. You will find more ideas on Tara's blog here.

And remember, it is our job to bring the very best materials, experiences and opportunities to our students each and every day. With awesome resources such as PebbleGo and Capstone Interactive, paired with digital tools and apps, BookSnaps will bring learning to life and give it meaning for the students and others they share it with within their school, home, community and around the world.