StoryTubes is a Public Library/ Schools Partnership Program which has been running for the past 3 years in the United States and Canada, and it’s aim is to excite children of all ages about books and reading by engaging them with technology. To participate, students have to video themselves promoting a book in less than 2 minutes, upload it to either YouTube or TeacherTube, and then enter it into the StoryTubes competition.
According to the 2008 Kids and Family Report, Reading in the 21st Century: Turning the Page with Technology, kids who extend their reading experience via the Internet are more likely to value and enjoy reading. Project initiators, Denise Raleigh, Betsy O’Connell and Faith Brautigam, say the project “is about marrying enthusiasm for reading with the exploration of new technologies…. StoryTubes allows kids to be both creators and interactive users of technology, and provides impassioned peer book recommendations that have no geographical boundaries.” (YSL Online Reading Conference)
“Both StoryPalooza in 2007 and the StoryTubes 2008 Contest were dependent on schools and public libraries working cooperatively. Schools often secured parental permission, worked with students to develop their online booktalks, and provided technical expertise to tape and upload the entries. Public library partners structured the contests, provided the staff time to review entries and manage the event, and secured prizes.” (storytubes.info)
My favourite entry from the 2009 winners is this enthusiastic Year 1 student promoting the book New York New York The Big Apple from A to Z by: Laura Krauss Melmed:
This video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6zDYrM_cqM