Recently, I’ve been seeing many examples of a visual learning strategy called “BookSnaps.” (Check out this post from Tara Martin, who is the BookSnaps Guru if you would like to learn more.) To make a BookSnap, take a photo of a page in a book, then use an app like Pic Collage, Book Creator, or SnapChat to add lines, text, images, and emojis to dive deep to annotate and visualize the text.
The Middle School Multimedia Class recently created these BookSnaps over fiction stories using the PicCollage Kids app. The drawing tool (which was recently added to PicCollage) works perfectly for this strategy. I asked students to use red to show an important idea, green to show something they had a question about, and blue to mark a vocabulary word. Students added text boxes to tell about their annotations. They also used the photo search feature to add pictures that illustrated parts of the story. Finally, some emoji’s were added to show their emotional reactions to parts of the text. Here are the BookSnaps that they made:
Here is my teacher example for the lesson:
I put together a series of video tutorials to help students work through the process of creating their BookSnaps in PicCollage Kids. Student used the videos to self direct their learning with the project. Here are the tutorials:
I’m looking forward to trying this strategy with some other grades – it is a fun way to help students think deeply and visualize text.