Select Your Books from YouTube
I picked books that revolved around a theme, but this could be any collection of books that fit the needs of your students. It could be a group of books based on individual student needs, a theme, curriculum unit, reading levels - the list could go on and on! It is best that there is some sort of organizational scheme so that you can group and your book cards in ways that are meaningful and accessible to students.
Create a SafeShare Link (Optional)
This is not a necessary step, but one that I used in my process for most videos. The benefit of creating a SafeShare link is that is blocks out many of the distractions that can be found when viewing a video on YouTube - recommend/related videos, ratings, comments, etc. By providing a SafeShare link for students, you are providing them with a link that will allow them to safely view a video.
To create a SafeShare.TV link, first you will need to locate the URL of the YouTube video you would like to create a SafeShare link for. Copy this link and then go to http://safeshare.tv and paste the link in the provide box.
Once you open the safe view page, you can see that all you are able to view is the YouTube video in a simplified view. This prohibits the user from viewing related videos, comments, ratings, etc. This allows the user to focus only the video and not the other items on the page that might be distracting.
You will want to copy the SafeShare URL so that it can be used to create a QR code.
Create a QR Code
There are many different QR code generators out there and the one you use simply comes down to personal preference. Some allow you to customize your QR code appearance, while others provide flexibility in the types of files and resources you link to. My favorite QR code creators are:
Look Up Reading Level (Optional)
Some of the resources I find helpful when looking up reading levels are:
Create Your "Book Card"
This final step can be as elaborate or as simple as you want for your finished product. I chose to find some (FREE!) cute backgrounds frames from TeachersPayTeachers for my book cards. I also found an image of an iPad on OpenClipart (my go-to site for images!) to use in my design. I chose to use Microsoft PowerPoint to arrange my design, but you could really use any program that you are comfortable with and what works best for your design (such as Google Docs, Google Slides, Microsoft Word, Keynote, Pages, etc.).
Cite Your Sources
Remember that (most likely) you did not write the book you are using, you did illustrate it, and you may not have been the person who read and recorded the book, so please give credit where credit is due! Cite your image, video, and other sources. I am not a copyright expert or intend to present myself in that manner. I have seen several videos that included a copyright note for the Fair Use Act for the educational clause.
"Fair Use Act - 17 U.S.C. § 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as comment, teaching, or scholarship, is not an infringement of copyright. More information can be found here http://copyright.gov/fair-use/more-info.html."
Please use your best judgement and do not try to take credit for anyone else's work!