TechnoKids Releases TechnoNovel

Are you looking for a new way to have students do a book report? TechnoKids has just released TechnoNovel. In this project, students create a marketing tool for a novel called a “book trailer”. Similar in style to a movie trailer or teaser, an animated preview of the book is created to entice people to read. This preview includes an introduction to the characters, setting, and plot. Using Microsoft PowerPoint, text, graphics, animation, transitions, and sound effects, are combined to produce a dazzling visual display of the novel.

NOTE: This project has been a favorite for many years. Unfortunately, it is no longer available. To find other TechnoKids projects to integrate into language arts view the Project Matrix or visit the TechnoKids website.

Aside from the instructions about how to create a book trailer, this project also offers excellent novel study ideas. For example, there are activities for creating a postcard from a main character, interactive-quiz about the plot, story mobile, collage of events, and wanted poster. All of these activities are done using Microsoft PowerPoint.

TechnoNovel is recommended for students in grades 6-8. It is important to note that this project is not an introductory project for Microsoft PowerPoint. If your students are new to PowerPoint you may wish to consider a beginner project such as TechnoPresenter or TechnoToon.

Visit TechnoKids Store to purchase and download TechnoNovel immediately!


Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.

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