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Online lesson help- Elementary Reading.
« on: April 14, 2020, 07:47:29 am »
So, my Co teacher finally told me what they want me to prepare for the online lessons.

However, other than some vague instructions, they don't want to be involved.
"Do a book reading video for 3rd and 4th together, and 5th and 6th together."

My issue is that they keep saying to "be careful of copyright- don't get the school in trouble."

How can I go about recording a book reading? Can I use a Power Point of a book and record my voice over?

(Also they don't want me to be in the video- so not a video of me reading a book)

If anyone had any suggestions, ideas or even books that would work for these grades, please let me know :)


Re: Online lesson help- Elementary Reading.
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2020, 07:59:53 am »
do you have a theme for these story books or can it be free choice?


  • nthao
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Re: Online lesson help- Elementary Reading.
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2020, 08:10:40 am »
Yes, you can record your voice over a power point and save it as an avi file.  I'm doing the same thing for my 5th graders using the Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold.   I'm honestly unsure about the any copyright issue as I'm working with my CoT on this and that hasn't come up.


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Re: Online lesson help- Elementary Reading.
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2020, 08:16:39 am »
I'm not certain about Korean copyright laws, but in America, they largely don't apply to materials used for educational purposes. Therefore, you should be able to use American stories (and honestly probably most foreign stories) without fear of consequence.

The only concern I would have is if you post it on a website not originally designed for educational purposes (youtube, for example).  Those websites are generally quite strict about copyright infringement, despite the purpose. If you will be posting on those sites, I would recommend adding a decent amount of original content throughout. For example, record yourself reading the story over a powerpoint and pause every couple of paragraphs to discuss/ask questions/define new words. You can have slides for that too. I would also recommend maybe reading the story slowly (in the above suggested fashion) first, and then one time all the way through with subtitles. 


Re: Online lesson help- Elementary Reading.
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2020, 08:19:39 am »
https://freekidsbooks.org/license/public-domain/

Hard to recommend books without knowing your kids level, but there are a bunch of options here. Also Project Gutenberg probably has some kids books.

IDK much about the technology part.


Re: Online lesson help- Elementary Reading.
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2020, 08:27:56 am »
Thanks for the suggestions.

The videos would only be sent directly to the students with their other work- not on Youtube.

Also, I haven't taught the kids yet, so I also don't know their level. The English teachers are all new, so they cant help with student levels.

I assume the 3rd graders are very low level, as they have never had an English class in the school yet. So I was going to try do phonics stories with them. I prepared an example lesson, but it was rejected by the principle because it was a well know phonics story- and so he thinks parents will complain.

I think I will just keep trying, and hope they approve something soon.


Re: Online lesson help- Elementary Reading.
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2020, 11:50:17 am »

I think I will just keep trying, and hope they approve something soon.

When I'm preparing something that has to be approved by the principal I find it best to send some vague garbage that I don't intend to use first because it's likely it'll be rejected it no matter what it is. It's a weird flex that some managers have here. There's nothing wrong with using a well-known phonics story. In fact, I'd recommend it for 3rd grade. It's an opportunity to provide all the students with an identical foundation to build from.

Frankly your co-teachers sound lazy. The fact that they haven't explained exactly what the copyright rules mean for the English department shows they haven't bothered to find out themselves.

My advice is don't overthink it and don't over-produce it. Most kids won't see it. The PPT public-domain story with a voiceover sounds ideal.

EDITED TO ADD: You can find out about adding audio/video to PPTs on the "Remote/Online Learning Resources" forum post.
« Last Edit: April 14, 2020, 11:53:09 am by robin_teacher »


Re: Online lesson help- Elementary Reading.
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2020, 08:02:41 am »
Hi
I made some powerpoint stories using the Sunshine Books
One I made - aimed at Grade 3 - was 'Goodbye Lucy'.  It was using the word 'Goodbye' a lot which is one of the key words/sentences for the first unit.  [Attached file]  I don't have translations for it yet.

Great that your school is only sending to the students so there will be no copyright problems.

I have made a video of me reading it (not sent) but I don't think my school will be using it.  As you are finding, things are a bit vague and seem to be changing a lot - almost day-by-day as the teachers get new information.


Re: Online lesson help- Elementary Reading.
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2020, 07:51:31 am »
Thanks for the help.

I made a few books from the public domain site, and recorded my voice over them. So far they have no plans to use them, so you are right about it changing a lot.
Seems the parents aren't so happy with the kids just watching videos, they want more interactive lessons.

A lot of stress for nothing really. Maybe they will still use them down the line.  :cry: