ONE BOOK TO CONNECT THE WORLD
Why? It’s always challenging to get students to connect to literature, but also with the global world. This technology provides students access to both. You can sign up for free and gain access to students across the globe who are reading the same book at the same time. Students can make connections to other students around the globe and have genuine conversations about the literature they are reading in their own classroom. There is no time time commitment, other than reading the selected book over a six week period. You can discuss the book with one classroom or several, depending on how much time you want to dedicate to the project. They also have blogs to provide ideas and facebook groups to share information. Limitations: you’ll need to sign up for the Global Read aloud and commit to the designated window to read. For longer books, you cannot read ahead. You’ll also need to spend some time connecting to other educators and plan times and ways to connect your classrooms.
Who? This technology is aimed at students of all levels and abilities. They offer books at different grade levels and since it is a read aloud, all students will have access to the content through their classroom teacher. This style of reading and discussion, gives EL students and students with disabilities access to the same content as their grade level peers.
One- Sign up for GRA, check the book out at your local library, connect with other teachers via Edmoto or Twitter, and arrange with other educators to Skype into your classroom to discuss the book. All discussions with educators are pre-arranged by you with specific desires in mind.
Two- Sign up for GRA, check the book out at your local library, connect with other teachers via Edmoto or Twitter, and arrange to share a Flipgrid to connect your classrooms centered around the read aloud. Students will have to ability to hear what other students have to say about the book and they can connect with students globally.