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Top 3 Reasons to Read and Write a Biography

TechnoBiography

In TechnoBiography, the newest technology project introduced by TechnoKids Inc., students select a notable person and learn how to write a biography. They are guided through the research process, learn how to write a personal history using headings, create a graphic organizer highlighting contributions, and showcase online artifacts related to the person.

But why is reading or writing about a famous or remarkable figure valuable?

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In TechnoBiography, select a remarkable person, learn how to research, then write a biography.

1. A Biography Integrates Curriculum and Technology

An indepth investigation into a remarkable person can fit into almost all curriculum areas: language arts, history, social studies, science, art, or computer studies. Here are some ideas:

  • Write a Life Story: Practice expository writing. Write an engaging life story that offers insight into a person. Captivate reader’s attention.
  • Celebrate a Historical Figure: Develop a deeper understanding of a historical period. Research the contributions of a historical figure. Explain their importance to the past and influence on future events.
  • Acknowledge a Hero: Inspire others with the accomplishments of personal hero, role model, mentor, or newsmaker. Detail their successes and challenges. Outline reasons their efforts are admirable.
  • Investigate Scientific Contributions: Appreciate amazing research findings and inventions. Outline the path to discovery of a scientist. Explain how their work has improved the lives of others.
  • Appreciate the Arts: Learn about an art period or artistic style by studying a famous artist. Examine their artwork. Describe its meaning and how it influenced other artists.
  • Develop Word Processing Skills: Introduce advanced word processing skills in a computer studies course. Learn to customize styles, insert a table of contents, draw a graphic organizer, organize data using tables, adjust page layout, and add bookmarks.

2. A Biography Provides Inspiration

Reading about the real life story of a successful or remarkable person often influences, motivates, or provides encouragement. As students learn about the challenges that others have overcome, they can make connections to their own lives. They may recognize the hardships that a historical or contemporary figure has faced and relate them to their own struggles. The insight gained in studying a biography can include an affective, emotional component beyond curriculum objectives.

3. A Biography Teaches Life Lessons

Even though the practical skills learned in school – how to solve complex math problems, how to write an essay, or maybe even how to program a computer – are important skills for career, there are other critical lessons students need. Learning about the life story of a successful person can teach essential life skills, such as:

  • persevere to achieve goals
  • maintain a fair perspective and recognize other viewpoints
  • listen to learn from others
  • learn to be independent without relying on the opinion of peers
  • take personal responsibility and accountability for your choices and actions
  • develop a love of learning
  • deal with failure
  • be kind, helpful, and considerate of others

Learning from the real experience of others is a great tool to help young people grow into successful, contributing members of society.

New Biography Technology Project

biography technology project
TechnoBiography is an all-new technology project just released by TechnoKids. Elementary and middle school students select a remarkable person and write a biography. The activities, written for Google Docs and Microsoft Office, have students:

  • Analyze life events and artifacts
  • Summarize personal history using heading styles to organize facts
  • Create a graphic organizer of important contributions
  • Connect artifacts to additional information using links and a table

Write a Biography about a Remarkable Person

In the TechnoBiography technology project, students become biographers writing about a person’s life story using Google Docs or Microsoft Office. To start, they research a notable figure who has made a difference in the world. A brainstorming activity, guiding questions, and research organizer are provided to support learning.

Once familiar with events and achievements, students summarize a personal history using heading styles to organize events logically. Sample files provide inspiration. In addition, phrases are provided to help students join ideas when writing.

Detailed instructions help students to highlight contributions using a graphic organizer and showcase artifacts in a table with links. Sources of information are cited using a bibliography. Tips are included to assist students. Upon completion, the biography is shared with readers.

Integrate TechnoBiography into any Curriculum Unit

The activities in TechnoBiography integrate into curriculum and can be included into language arts, history, social studies, science, art, or computer studies. Students can celebrate a historical figure, acknowledge a hero, investigate scientific discoveries, or appreciate the arts while developing word processing skills.

  • conduct research using a variety of sources
  • collect artifacts and interpret their meaning
  • organize notes in a logical order
  • analyze life events to draw conclusions
  • explain the importance of a person
  • cite sources in a bibliography
  • use styles to layout document structure
  • highlight contributions in a graphic organizer
  • connect artifacts with links using a table
  • share biography and reflect on the person’s life
  • apply word processing skills to write a biography
biography technology project

Select a remarkable person. Learn how to research and write a biography. Share the biography as an Ebook.

Office 365 Technology Projects

UPDATE: TECHNOKIDS HAS RELEASED AN OFFICE 365 PRODUCT LINE

At least once a day a customer asks, “Are you creating Office 365 technology projects?”
I have great news! Yes, we are!

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TechnoKids projects for Office 365

TechnoKids has already created a product line for Office 2013/2016, which is the full desktop version of Office 365. However, many educators want activities for the free web based apps including PowerPoint Online, Word Online, Excel Workbook Online, Excel Survey Online, and OneNote Online. A student can get access to these free apps by creating a Microsoft Account.

Development is underway. I know many of you need the projects RIGHT NOW! Unfortunately, it will be several months before we are able to release an Office 365 bundle. Our plan is to develop a complete product line for Grades 1-8 over the next 12 months.

UPDATE 3/21/2018: TechnoKids has now completed a full package for Microsoft Online. To see details, go to TechnoKids Microsoft Extra package. To find a TechnoKids project right for your students, view the Project Matrix.

Here are some of the great projects coming your way (project names may change before the final release):

  • TechnoStories: In this project, students are introduced to word processing as they illustrate, write, edit, and share stories using simple storybook templates.
  • TechnoMe: In this project, students build self-worth and develop an appreciation of differences as they create an All About Me slideshow.
  • TechnoBookmaking: In this project, students use inspiring templates to publish a unique collection of stories. Make a tiny picture book, flip flap story, unfolding riddle book, layer book of facts, bookmarks, and more!
  • TechnoJournal: In this project, students write a series of journal entries using Word Online.
  • TechnoRestaurateur: In this project, students build entrepreneurship skills as they propose and develop a unique restaurant concept. Excel, Word, and PowerPoint Online are used to build spreadsheet, word processing, graphic, presentation, and data management skills.
  • TechnoBiography: In this project, students research the life of a remarkable person. They develop advanced word processing skills as they compose a biography with a media gallery of artifacts.
  • TechnoNewsletter: In this project, students create a fan club newsletter for their favorite musician, celebrity, or athlete. Using Word Online, they create a series of articles such as a top 10 list, word search, photo gallery, and opinion piece. The newsletter is shared with readers. Fans comment on their favorite entries and offer their own viewpoint.
  • TechnoResearch: In this project, students develop research skills. They learn strategies for locating reliable web-based resources. Techniques are used to organize and cite sources of information. Students analyze their notes and summarize their findings to create a Fun Fact Card.
  • TechnoMap: In this project, students use PowerPoint Online to create an interactive map that explains the importance of a location. Map markers highlight important areas and connect to slides with facts about a location, issue, or problem.
  • TechnoCandy: In this project, students use Excel Online lessons to investigate a problem, conduct a survey, research packaging, and recommend a solution to boost candy sales.
  • TechnoProject: In this project, students collaborate with the help of OneNote. Each team creates a digital binder. Facts are then organized into sections and tagged for easy reference. The final project is shared with others.
  • TechnoBudget: In this project, students plan a shopping spree. They are granted a budget. They use Excel Online to track the items they can purchase. Comparison tables are created to determine the best deal. How far can they make their money stretch?
  • TechnoPresenter: In this project, students create a presentation. They organize their facts using a range of slide layouts. To help prepare for public speaking they write a set of notes to accompany each slide.
  • TechnoToon: In this project, students create a digital story using PowerPoint Online. Characters and callouts are sequenced to produce an animated comic strip.
  • TechnoTimeline: In this project, students explain the significance of historical events with a timeline using PowerPoint Online.
  • TechnoDebate: In this project, students create an animated conversation. By sequencing the order of callout bubbles two characters discuss pros and cons to an issue. Fellow classmates join the debate, by stating their opinion using comments.

Do you want to stay up-to-date on the development of the Office 365 technology projects? Please email information@technokids.com. We will send you periodic updates. If there is a project you need ASAP, let us know. The schedule is flexible at this stage of development. We will try to accommodate your requests.