Over the weekend, we came across Booktrack, a free web application that syncs digital books to audio, resulting in an immersive reading experience.
Students can choose from books or essays in the Booktrack library or write their own story and add an accompanying soundtrack by choosing from over 20,000 professional-quality audio files.
Here’s how it works: Say, for example that you choose to read Romeo and Juliet. As you read, you’ll notice a descending marker in the right-hand margin of the page. This marker moves down the page as you read so that your reading speed accompanies the soundtrack. If the marker moves too fast, use the plus and minus icons at the bottom of the page to increase or decrease the speed.
Using Booktrack Classroom
Booktrack can be used in a variety of ways to engage with students. Here are just a few examples:
- Narrative Writing – Students add music and audio to their original stories.
- Informative and Explanatory Writing – Students compose essays and articles selecting suitable audio to accompany their text.
- Literature Study – Students gain insight and increased understanding of the text by creating their own soundtracks for novels, stories, and plays they are reading in class.
- Read-Alouds – Teacher and student led read-alouds are enhanced through the addition of sound and music to the chapter or act being presented.
In addition to this, Booktrack has assembled a variety of free lesson plans for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels, covering a variety of subjects and learning outcomes. All lesson plans have been created by professional teachers and conform to CORE standards and best practice.