Project Description

While the rest of the class is working on another assignment, pairs of students work together to record the part of a story they have been assigned. When everyone has finished, the whole class listens to the final version of the text. If you wish to include images, you can use digital scrapbooking or digital storytelling instead of podcasting.

Project Examples

Un senor viejo con unas alas enormes - Students select a passage, read it in the target language, then explain why it is significant to them and upload it to the class website

Flickr: Tell a Story in 5 Frames - Students could create a story with pictures and then trade with partners, who could tell or write the story

Baby's Firsts - A digital scrapbook about the daily habits of a baby walrus

In Search of Shakespeare - Scrappy Scrapbooks (4th grade)

My Worthington Memories - Collaborative, 3rd Grade, interclass project

Character Scrapbook (Scholastic)

Author Visit Scrapbook - More of a webpage than a scrapbook, but the idea is sound

Foreign Language in the Elementary School Scrapbook

Project Instructions

Divide students into pairs. Give each pair of students a different page from a children's story. Ask the students to think how they could use sound effects to make the text of the story more interesting and comprehensible. Have pairs take turns recording their part of the story until the whole story has been read aloud into the computer, iPod, or tape recorder. Play the whole story for the students, showing them the pictures as they listen. Students will listen more attentively to the entire story because LOVE to hear their peers voices and enjoy the unexpected sound effect surprises.

Autobiography Scrapbook Project - Instructions


Audacity – Phenomenal, free software you can download and use just like a tape-recorder. Great for projects that require interviewing or sound files. Students can also use it to edit, layer, or remove background noise from their own audio tracks. Even better, they can save the files as MP3 files and export them to their iPods!

Gabcast - Allows you to record audio greetings, blog postings, and podcasts from your phone or voice over IP, post them online, and share them for free.

Gcast - Create podcasts--all from the convenience of your cell phone and using a "podsafe" free music library. Also lets you mix playlists online.

Scrapblog - Create digital scrapbooks with drag and drop editing and templates

Project Resources

America Supports You: Scrapbook Project Helps Students Support Troops


Staying in the Target Language - Downloadable circumlocution resources designed to support students in staying in the target language

Tools for Talking - A list of strategies and resources designed to foster communication
Record what you said using Audacity, an iPod, or a standard tape recorder. Send a new student out and ask the 1st student to tell the new student what they understood. The new student will record it (without listening to what the first student recorded), and so forth until all the students have "heard" and "recorded" the story. Then, let the class listen!

Low-tech Alternative

Have students act out their page in front of the class.