What are BookSnaps?
BookSnaps is a term used for annotated digital snapshots taken by students while reading texts. Popular apps for BookSnaps include SnapChat, Seesaw, Instagram, and Explain Everything. Tara Martin is one popular educator credited for coining the phrase “BookSnaps” and sharing her fabulous BookSnap ideas all over Social Media.
Do your BookSnaps seem flat or disorganized?
Use Google Drawings to help students stay organized while promoting creativity! Use animated GIFs from Sticky Al app, or add images using Google Search or the Bitmoji Chrome Extension. And, don’t forget how simple it is to use Word Art to code the Text! Or, if you have never created BookSnaps, consider starting your journey using Google Drawings!
Google Drawings is my favorite tool for a number of reasons:
- Students may collaborate on BookSnaps using the Share Tool.
- Students may provide and receive feedback using the Comment Tool.
- Google Drawings saves in the Cloud.
- Students may use the Explore Tool to locate images and research topics.
- A Key for coding the text can be provided in the margin or “gutter”.
- Bitmojis are easily integrated using Chrome Extensions.
- Insert animated GIFs or captioned student-created images Using Sticky Al App.
- Students can use the Screencastify Extension to explain and record thinking about their BookSnaps.
- Students can “Turn In” their work using Google Classroom.
- Teachers can “Make a Copy” of a template for every student or differentiate by modifying templates to meet individual needs.
Example BookSnap With ANIMATED GIF! Click Image to View
Student Created Stickers for Annotating Text
Students may create their own images or ANIMATED GIFs by using the amazing FREE apps such as Sticky Al. Sticky Al allows students to create their own selfie-stickers and GIFs that may be used with Google Drawings by:
- Using the Free Sticky Al on iPad to take photos using various facial expressions and gestures to use in the reading responses. (I recommend students model being surprised, angry, sad, happy, confused, and also using hand gestures. Then add fun labels to express the thoughts.)
- Uploading images into Google Drive and placing them in a folder. Students may now use the images for the rest of the year. They would only have to do this once!
Go to Insert-Image to locate student-created images and insert them to BookSnaps.
You can even caption the images or customize animated GIFs right in the Sticky Al App! Awesome!
Google Drawings BookSnap Template (Click and Make a Copy)
Here is a template you may wish to use with students. I provided the Bitmojis for my students using the Chrome Extension as they are too young to have their own Bitmoji accounts. I would provide both male and female Bitmojis so students may select the desired gender. But, ultimately, student-created images using the Sticky Al app would be the way to go! Click the image above to create your own copy and modify as needed.
In Summary, I think Google Drawings allows teachers and students to stay highly organized by inserting a coding key and distributing assignments using Google Classroom. The ability to work in the Cloud while collaborating with group members is also a key to engaging students. Immediate feedback using the Commenting Tool is surely a way to allow students to revise and reflect with peers and educators. Throw in some animated student-created GIFs and Bitmojis and you have a winner!