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Online Presentation Formats & Graphic Novels for Tween Girls…

Presentation Formats– Are you getting tired of traditional presentation formats like PowerPoint, Slides, and Prezi? Are your students? Here are a few ideas for shaking up presentations, whether they are your own or student created.

  • Powtoon: Create animated videos and presentations with this website. I first saw one at our PD day in January by a teacher in my building. It is a great way to share information in a fun, engaging way, without being the speaker or focus of attention. The website advertises that you can create a presentation in 10 minutes. Easy! I think kiddos would love putting these together, too!
  • Video Scribe: You know those really cool videos where someone creates sketchnotes while the speaker is talking? Yep, you can make them here. You choose images, text, music, and voice-overs. Though, this site is not free.
  • My Simple Show: This site is similar to Video Scribe in that you choose the images and narration of your video. Hands move the images in and out of the frame instead of drawing the images as the narration happens. This site is free. It is super easy to use– when you type in the text of your presentation, the site picks up keywords and shows possible images to match them. You can set the pace of the video, too.

My thought– utilize these quick, easy presentation formats to help explain information or skills when students are struggling (Q3 in our PLC format). Students that haven’t gotten it yet can pop in their earbuds and watch the same information be presented in a different way. Or use this to push some of your students that already know it (Q4) and have them create a video to explain the skill, concept, or idea. Use their vid later for those Q3 kiddos. I do recommend checking out how well these sites work on student iPads before assigning them.
Graphic Novel Recommendations for Tween Girls– Take a minute to check out the resources on Ten Books a Month. Sarah, a former librarian, posts book reviews and recommendations along with resources for teachers and librarians. She has a teenage daughter, which also adds to her street cred.
I liked that this post was specific to tween girls and graphic novels. I often stumble across graphic novel reviews and recommendations that are geared towards boys and reluctant readers. So, coming across this was great! Though, feel free to recommend these to boys and reluctant readers, too! Here is the list–

  • SMILE by Raina Telgemeier
  • A WRINKLE IN TIME: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL by Madeleine L’Engle illustrated by Hope Larson
  • SISTERS by Raina Telgemeier
  • ROLLER GIRL by Victoria Jamieson
  • AWKWARD by Svetlana Chmakova
  • SUNNY SIDE UP by Jennifer L. Holm
  • COMPASS SOUTH (FOUR POINTS VOLUME 1) by Hope Larson illustrated by Rebecca Mock
  • MIGHTY JACK by Ben Hatke
  • GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier



Instructional coach and former art teacher on the hunt for tips, tricks, strategies, and knowledge to pass along.

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