Get Kids Buzzing About Books!

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Session Type: Monday PM, Tuesday PM
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Date(s): Jul 9, 2012 12:30 PM, Jul 10, 2012 12:30 PM
Description: Take your book discussions beyond the four walls of your classroom. Using free online tools like blogs, forums, and social reading sites, participants will explore options for connecting kids and books. Allow students to review, respond, discuss, and analyze in ways that are engaging and promote critical thinking skills.

Be a Social Reader!

  • Build your bookshelves (Read, Currently Reading, Want to Read)
  • Rate and review books
  • Engage in book discussions
  • Recommend books to others

Good Reads
Lauri's bookshelf: read

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo How to Write Your Life Story The Battle of the Labyrinth The Lovely Bones The Invention of Hugo Cabret The Nobodies

More of Lauri's books »
Book recommendations, book reviews, quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

  • Getting started/How it Works
  • Create private groups (only members can view the discussion board, add to discussion, edit group bookshelves, etc.)
  • Check privacy settings/Get parent permission
  • Teach digital citizenship
  • Connect with Authors

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Destiny Quest

  • Part of Follett's library system
  • Awesome for elementary folks
  • Secure sharing within your district (choose your own settings)
  • Reserve books in the library

Start Discussing...

  • Plenty of online options...Choose the one that best fits your purpose:
    • Journals–Private between teacher and student. Others cannot read or respond. Teacher can grade and provide feedback. (Moodle)
    • Forums–Provides threaded discussions. Teacher or students can start a discussion. Students can read and respond. Easy to follow. (Moodle, Websites)
    • Blogs–Choose class or individual blogs. Public or private. Allow comments from classmates or outside audience. (KidBlog, Blogger)
  • Why use online tools for book discussion?Share your ideas HERE.

Getting Started

  1. Choose a platform (What will you use to share your reading & responses?)
  2. Develop guidelines for students (Set a purpose. How often should students post? What makes a good post? How will students be assessed?)
  3. Model your expectations for students. (You write, they read/respond.)
  4. Teach students how to comment. (This is critical!)
  5. Be an active part of the discussion. Check in regularly!
  6. Encourage creativity. (Add multimedia...images, audio, and video can make posts more interesting.)
  7. Emphasize digital citizenship! (Safety, copyright, responsibility, and respect are key components to building a successful community.)

Central Readers & Panther Readers

Broaden Your Audience

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This is what students had to say about reading after our project.

Get Ideas...