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I chose the book Plant a Kiss by Amy Rosenthal.  It's one of my all time favorites, and theme, author's lesson, and message are all things that come to mind when reading this book.  Although short and to the point, the theme of spreading kindness makes a reader think.  I thought about how I would incorporate screencasting, and it made me think of a short clip I saw a while back on a trailer for Gooseberry Park, https://youtu.be/HPqnPl1I5bg, ...it was made using a tool Google used to have called a "search story".  I wanted to implement this in my classroom a while back, but realized the feature is no longer available :(.  So I thought, why not try to create my own search story? ...it's a speechless screencast, and a first attempt!!  I just used Quicktime player and uploaded to Vimeo.  If students tried something like this in the classroom, it would need to be well planned out before it was recorded.  It could also be used for sharing about key details.

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I selected the book The Book Itch by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.  This is a story of a man with a mission who leaves his mark in 1960s Harlem.  I love this story so much!  I love the theme of how words last longer than the person who said them.  Education is the key to fighting discrimination and oppression.

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Tonight we took a look at everyone's responses and reflected on the work. It wasn't long until our conversation turned to images and the challenge of finding the image that will convey the desired message. This site made me think a bit more about image. (Each image represents a linked news piece.)

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Our technology teacher (Betsy B.) shared this short video about copyright.  This is something I am always thinking as I teach students to create.  Thought I'd pass it along.  

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I decided to use my favorite app for combining photos with text, PicCollage. While listening to this book, several times over, I kept coming back to the idea of finding beauty in places where others would only see dark, dirty, ugly things.
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I decided to use Haiku Deck for this make.  (Apparently, I had created an account a few years ago and didn't remember.)  I don't know about you, but I'm a little sick of seeing the same boring backgrounds on Google presentations.  Haiku Deck is a great tool to make fresh-looking presentations.  The font/style options are pretty limited, so it would be great for students to make a digital response that's short, quick and to the point.

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I used PicCollage. My image represents one theme that I interpreted from this book. Nana seemed to place an emphasis on keeping life simple. From not needing a car to enjoying the guitar player rather than headphones, Nana seems to find and point out the beauty in simplicity.
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Like many others, I chose the quote about seeing beauty. I used a new app called Color Pop to color the daisy. This app enabled me to add a pop of color to a black and white photo. 
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Hello Everyone! I'm a little late to the party and a photo response was challenging for me because I feel like I'm still learning all the possible tools. I've been loving each response and have learned about many new tools to try! Thank you! My response was from Pic Collage. There is a picture of my beloved Grandmother, who taught me many life lessons just like Nana taught CJ. I included an article I wrote about an experience I had volunteering at a soup kitchen while I was in college. It was something I will never forget. I also included a picture of the The Last Stop on Market Street, which I am sharing with the students in my school via the "PARP Fairy" I just invented! (PARP is the initiative to have kids read at home with an adult- stands for Pick A Reading Partner and my school is celebrating PARP over the next few weeks). The book is so special and has such an important message that I wanted to be sure everyone read it. I also included a quote about a Grandmother's influence. Having recently lost my Grandmother, I believe more than ever that having a Grandmother bless your life is a tremendous gift. 
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I loved this book as well!  I used Powtoon to create my project.  
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