Friday, February 15, 2013

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books hosted by WEMTA (Wisconsin Education Media & Technology Association) is winding down. We have just one week left. There were many teams, but we finally narrowed it down to just three top teams earlier this week. They will be competing with a nearby school via Skype for fun soon. The top team is also preparing for the final state battle.

I always enjoy interacting with the students around the battle books. This year we had some amazing books on the list: I Want My Hat Back, Wonderstruck, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Blizzard!, Ella Enchanted and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe among others.

During battle practice, we used questions about the books. Sometimes we used the iPads as mini whiteboards to answer. We also used Socrative a few times.

With Socrative, the iPads became a student response system. I could see the answers from each team as they worked in various locations around the LMC.  All spread out, they could talk to teammates without worry of being overheard. Since it was new to the students, they found it pretty exciting. The program also emails the results after the quiz ends. Too cool.

I enjoy Battle of the Books, but I am also looking forward to the book club that will begin as soon as we finish up our final battles. We will get to read during lunch time. I can't wait. 

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