Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Reading a book with the world!

Over the past 2 weeks, my eyes have been opened even wider by the global power of communication and collaboration in my classroom and with my students!

I made the decision this year to participate in the Global Read Aloud ---- with three of my 7th grade English elective classes. We were going to read aloud a book that other classrooms around the world were reading at the same time, and then reach out to each other and share our thoughts. The premise is simple, read the book aloud, follow the set schedule and share your thoughts/reactions with the other participants. Little did I know the impact it would have on my students.

We are reading The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jenni Holm, and I quickly joined the Edmodo group to follow along and note the other teachers that are reading the same book. I shared the information with my students and explained what was going on and we were off and running. One of the first things that we participated in was a Google Map that contained "pins" from all of the participating classrooms. We added our pin and watched the map fill up immediately within 24 hours.