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#BookSnaps – Snapchat for Annotation & Digital Visualization

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Saturday, December 5, 11:30 am–12:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Create and Curate a Digital Library

Tara Martin  
Explore the science, creation and impact of #BookSnaps. This Snapchat app is a primary form of communication for students of all ages. Why not teach digital citizenship by showing them a relevant way to use the app for learning purposes!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Snapchat and Twitter
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, ESL
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

#BookSnaps was birthed during the fall of 2016 as I sought to discover an educational purpose for using the app Snapchat. Since August 2016, school districts and students in eleven different countries are creating #BookSnaps. From 5-year-olds to 80-year-olds, #BookSnaps are providing readers with an outlet to personally express their connections to text using a digital visual representation.

Participants will...
1) Explore the use of Snapchat to create #BookSnaps and improve reading comprehension
2.) Connect students with a common language to create a digital visualization (of their imagery) using Bitmojis and emojis
3) Discover the neuroscience behind #BookSnaps as it relates to lodging content into the long-term memory
4) Explore how students/and staff might use #BookSnaps to show their understanding of character conflict and resolution, figurative language, informative text, text features, professional learning, and ultimately providing readers an outlet for sharing their unique personal connections to the text.


10 mins- Quick "Ignite Speech" about the effectiveness, science, and diverse uses of the strategy #BookSnaps and how to share them with the world via social media

5-7 min We will explore the Snapchat app, step-by-step process

3 mins - Discussion (comments in the discussion box) of the digital citizenship and creative communication that is fostered by using this social media platform to increase reading comprehension.

10 mins - I will explain the neuroscience of why digital imagery increases comprehension

15 mins - Each participant will create #BookSnaps with the same book excerpt. This activity will solidify how when one recreates their visualization digitally the chance of this information lodging in the long-term memory is exponentially increased. I will facilitate this activity by walking around and providing support.

10 mins We will upload each BookSnap to Twitter. This eye-opening portion of the session will prove the unique connections to the text and how we must allow students an individualized outlet to "voice their thoughts" and visibly share their thinking.

5 mins - Conclude with sharing how we might use #BookSnaps in many contexts via Flipgrid. #BookSnaps has many cousins: #MathSnaps, #ScienceSnaps, #VocabSnaps, etc.

Supporting research

Supporting Links:
The Original #BookSnaps Blog Post:

My Book:
Be REAL: Educate from the Heart by Tara Martin
Ch 15 Cannonball into #BookSnaps
Ch 16 The Ripple Effect of #BookSnaps
Ch 17 #BookSnaps Speak: The Untold Stories of #BookSnaps

#BookSnaps Guest Post for Dave Burgess, New York Times Bestselling Author of Teach Like a Pirate:

How-To Video Resources

#BookSnaps - Student Examples and Students as Guest Bloggers using #BookSnaps

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Tara Martin, Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

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