So let’s take a quick & snappy look at chapters 3-5 from Digital Reading What’s Essential in Grades 3-8.
Three…Check it Out! – 3 digital resources that have piqued my curiosity
There are so many excellent resources in chapters 3-5 that I found myself a bit overwhelmed. But that’s okay! I was able to slim it down to three resources that I feel would be worthwhile for my classroom of learners.
- Padlet (padlet.com): This is a digital bulletin board that allows students to collect and share their thinking. I feel Padlet will promote individual thinking and broaden the understanding of the text as learners share their thoughts.
- Kidsreads (www.kidsreads.com) & PebbleGo (www.pebblego.com): I love the ability of always having fresh and new reading material for my learners. Kidsreads allows students to read book reviews and review reading lists. PebbleGo, on the other hand, has a vast selection on nonfiction reading with videos to engage the reader. I also feel these would be excellent sites to refer to parents who are seeking reading material for their child.
- Student Blogging: The concept of student blogging keeps popping up everywhere I turn! I just need to take the plunge and get my learners online. There were several platforms mentioned throughout chapters 3-5, but I feel that Kidblog (www.kidblog.com) is the platform that I would like to use.
Two…Take It Away! – 2 ways I would like to connect my classroom to the outside digital world
- Global Read Aloud (theglobalreadaloud.com): Since I do not have a self-contained classroom I would love to collaborate with several classroom teachers in my building and experience the connection of one book to the world. The Global Read Aloud site is already up and running and the timing of the event is perfect. There is plenty of time to prepare and plan for the event and it does not interfere with state testing. 🙂
Save the date: October 5, 2015-November 13, 2015
- World Read Aloud Day (litworld.org): This may be perfect for my learners since I do not have a self-contained classroom or for a teacher who wants to connect to the world but does not want to participate in an event that lasts several weeks.
Save the date: February 24, 2016
One…Quote It! – 1 quote, big meaning
Sometimes the best strategies for a teacher is to simply get out of the way and let students make some of the decisions that might traditionally be made by their teacher. (p.63)
- The vignette on page 75 between Mr. Jones and Colin made me chuckle! And, it made me realize that our learners want to take ownership in their education. As the teacher, I need to be willing to relinquish that ownership to them.