Global Readaloud Begins October 2016
One Book to Connect the World
The Global Readaloud is a yearly event integrating literature and technology, engaging students world-wide. From October 3rd through November 11th, 2016, participating educators read aloud a book to their students; explore the story through discussion and projects of their own choosing; and find ways to connect through social media with others reading the same book.
Begun in 2010 by classroom teacher Pernille Ripp, The Global Readaloud has created more than 1 million connections in over 60 countries around the world. Watch her speak in the following video:
This project and its positive impact on learning is mentioned in the Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology’s 2016 report entitled Future Ready Learning:
“Technology can help learning move beyond the classroom and take advantage of learning opportunities available in museums, libraries, and other out-of-school settings.
Coordinated events such as the Global Read Aloud allow classrooms from all over the world to come together through literacy. One book is chosen, and participating classrooms have six weeks in which teachers read the book aloud to students and then connect their classrooms to other participants across the world. Although the book is the same for each student, the interpretation, thoughts, and connections are different. This setting helps support learners through the shared experience of reading and builds a perception of learners as existing within a world of readers. The shared experience of connecting globally to read can lead to deeper understanding of not only the literature but also of their peers with whom students are learning.”
Sounds Great! How do I get started?
1) Sign up for project updates and communications at The Global Readaloud.
2) Identify the book(s) you will read. 2016 selections are:
Picture book study: Lauren Castillo
Ages 7+ (or whichever age group you decide): The BFG by Roald Dahl
Ages 9+: Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Ages 12+: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
Ages 15+: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Keily
3) Sign up for the Edmodo group related to your book. Edmodo is an educational, social network for schools. You can get ideas from other educators; make classroom connections; find a group to work with; and get your questions answered. (Click Edmodo to sign up for an account, and follow the step-by-step directions.) Once your account is up and running, click to select your book’s group:
4) Try to find a classroom to connect with before October 3rd. Pernille provides the following advice:
“I like to have one solid connection for each of my classrooms and I like to have our ideas cemented before the project starts, that way I know for sure I am connected with someone. However, I also like to look at what else is going on during the project, so checking in on the Twitter hashtags, seeing what other people are sharing and such. Some people like to have several connections ready in case one doesn’t work out.”
5) Open a Twitter account if you don’t have one. Twitter hashtags will be determined for each books and author. Last year, authors connected to readers through their tweets and students were able to ask them questions.
6) Start thinking about ways to kick-off the project. Ideas can include:
-Find a class to connect with and hold a mystery Skype, in which students try to guess the other classroom’s location.
-Hold a slow chat through Twitter by posting questions for other students/classrooms to answer about their predictions.
-Show students a book trailer in anticipation of reading the book to the class.
-Have each student write about their favorite book and send it to your partner class.
-Set up a class blog and have students begin writing.