Multimodal Reading Responses using a Pages Digital Journal

 

Oh, I love to read with my students 🙌🏻

There is nothing better than choosing a great-quality picture book and sharing this with a group of young learners. I also love to follow on from that reading with a range of activities aimed at exploring the text deeper - retelling, innovating on, exploring structures and making connections, to name a few. In the past I would default to creating worksheets for this type of reading response activity, but the deeper I dive into the incredible world of Apple Education - the more I want to encourage my students to use a variety of creative ways to show their understanding.

Think of retelling a story with a movie, or a Line Draw animation to show a personal connection. Even the simple act of adding the student's voice to a photo or work sample allows educators to get a much better understanding of what our students know. This is even more true for our young learners, or our struggling learners, who may be still learning to write.

For a workshop I recently ran with some amazing teachers, I put together this 'Book Study' digital journal in Pages. These digital journals are really quite simple to put together, and by using Pages, it can be exported as an ePub when completed to view and interact with in Apple Books, or other ePub readers.

 

The video below walks you through what the completed Book Study Journal might look like. This was something I put together to show teachers at this recent workshop.  

I have added a copy of the journal to this post so you can download and use it in your own classroom. Once opened in pages, tap EDIT in the top right-hand corner to use the journal. If you need further information about some of the reading response activities, you can find information about Clips, Line Draw animations and Screen Recording by searching the Apple Education Community.

You can also edit this journal to suit your student's needs 🙌🏻 (although I would appreciate it not being re-shared as your own work). At the moment, the images and text are locked (except the placeholders (which are the grey boxes allowing students to add media), however, you can tap on anything and then tap unlock to edit. You can also edit the audio buttons by tapping on the button and then tapping edit and recording your own voice.

In an upcoming post, I will be sharing how to make your own digital journal from scratch 🫶🏻

Hope you can use this 🙌🏻

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Tagged in: Clips, Pages, Keynote, Age: 7–10 years, Early Learning, Creativity, Reading

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Posted on January 25, 2023

Wonderful idea and super Book Journal example! I love hearing you read. This is a great way of promoting student engagement and involvement in reading. Thanks!

Posted on January 25, 2023

Thanks Cheryl 🫶🏻

Posted on January 25, 2023

This is fantastic! Scrolling through the pages, I already had several teachers in mind that would absolutely love this. Thank you!

Posted on January 25, 2023

I'm so glad to hear that! Thanks for your comment.

Posted on January 25, 2023

I clicked on download and cat seem to find in pages! Help


Posted on January 26, 2023

This is great! Thank you so much for sharing. At my school, we are talking a lot about fluency, so I am going to add in a page for fluency practice. The kids will choose a paragraph or a page to read from the text and record their voice. I appreciate all your work! This is awesome!

Posted on January 26, 2023

Such a great idea!! I am actually working on a version myself to capture reading fluency over a year 🙌🏻

Posted on January 26, 2023

Hmmm, are you downloading on an Apple device? When you download, it should either ask what app to open in, or automatically open in Pages. Alternatively, open Pages - and choose 'Recent' from the locations on the left hand side (see pic) and hopefully it will be there? Let me know how you go.

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Posted on January 30, 2023

This is a fantastic resource -- nicely done! We would love for you to jump on the AppleEDULeaderChat on Twitter this Thursday, Feb 2 6-6:30 p.m. PT and share this amazing resource. Chat topic is multimodal literacy :)

Posted on January 30, 2023

I will! Have to admit - I am a total Instagram gal and an absolute Twitter newbie - have tried to get the hang of using twitter for years but have never got there. You have inspired me to give it a go 😆

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