We packed 16 book talks, creative commentary, and some student-created commercials into a podcast that's less than 15 minutes. Check out the podcast and keep reading to learn more about this global collaboration.
Each of the book talks in this podcast are only approximately 30 seconds long!
The eight Lead Learners and eight Literacy Legends are really just educators who love kids, reading, and learning. (A person's formal role in education doesn't determine what team they're on because everyone can lead learning.)
Educators from three different countries participated in this project.
We're proud of the diverse blend of titles that are featured, and believe all students should see themselves in the books at their school.
We used asynchronous collaboration and the TouchCast app to produce this podcast. (All the video clips were recorded by different people, in different places, on different days and seamlessly spliced together!)
Our book talkers have shared their Twitter handles so feel free to reach out and encourage them for taking a risk in the name of learning.
A hashtag is being used so classrooms can share a creative #30SecondBookTalk with an authentic audience. (We hope to see what you create!)
Resources to support classroom book talks are found below.
Talking about the books we love is a win for literacy. Empowering students to create their own book talks is even better! That said, only four of the original 16 book talkers will move to the next round. After that, one of these rockstar educators will also take home the grand prize package consisting of a "Vince Lombooki" digital badge, bragging rights, and $500 in books for their classroom or library - sponsored by Scholastic!
So…who will win? Well, that’s up to you! To participate, simply watch the videos and cast your vote! Voting for Round One will close on January 20th, so be sure to get your votes in before then. We’ll announce which book talker from each bracket will advance to the Final Four once all the ballots have been counted.
But why stop there?! Here are some resources to help you create your own #30SecondBookTalk challenge at your school. Whether your teams consist of different classes competing for the big prize or your bracket is made up of teachers, we love hearing about how schools recreate this project with their students.
Resources for the Classroom/Library:
Voting Link: Cast a vote to send your favorite book talk to the next round of our national championship.
#30secondbooktalk hashtag: You can follow the players as they promote their "book talks" and exchange some friendly banter and encouragement.
Reproducible Rubric: This rubric is easy to use and provides students criteria to create compelling book talk videos.
Reproducible Bracket: This fun template is all you need to get teams of kids collaborating (and competing) all in the name of literacy.
Lights! Camera! Action: Check out these "insider secrets" and learn how to create book talk videos like the stars.
Crowdsourced Tips: We asked some #LiteracyLegends how to create epic book talks and you won't believe what they shared in these crowdsourced tips.