Get Connected! How One Project Can Set You Up for The Year #GRA13

I am sure it will come as no surprise but I am passionate about bringing the world into my classroom.  I think global collaboration and interconnectedness is vital in any child’s education.  I also happen to be passionate about reading and reading aloud.  All of this led to the creation of the Global Read Aloud 4 years ago and what started as a simple idea has grown into a massive world wide connection and collaboration event.  And you should be a part of it!

Who is this for?  Any educator who teaches K-12, homeschoolers, librarians  or whomever wants to read and share one of our amazing three books with the world.

So what is it?  The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible.

Why should you care?  Because it promotes reading and global connections.  Because your kids will love the idea that kids around the globe are listening to the same story as they are.  Because the 3 authors, Sharon Draper, Geoff Herbach, and Kate Messner cannot wait to interact with the kids.

So how does it help me connect?  Since the whole project is about connecting there is a network of teachers eager to connect and work with you in whichever fashion you feel comfortable with.  Don’t believe me?  Check out our Edmodo groups!  The project doesn’t start until September 30th and they are already busy reaching out.  (Here is a post on how to get to our Edmodo groups).

But what about the technology?  Every year I use the GRA to introduce my students to various technological tools we will use throughout the year; Skype, Kidblog, Twitter, Edmodo and Google docs.  Other people use other things as well – it is up to you.  Because you decide how invested you want to be, you also decide which tools you would like to use.  And the best part?  You don’t have to know how to use the tools, we can help you!

What about after it ends?  This is the brilliance of it, many people continue to use their same connections to collaborate and interact throughout the year.  We have people set up smaller book clubs, some choose to do units together, and others become blogging buddies.  Because the network is already set up it is easy to keep using it and you can use it for whatever you wish, it doesn’t even have to be reading related.

What are the book choices?  3 books this year for the first time: Marty McGuire by Kate Messner, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, and Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach.  All meant to be a great read aloud that will make the kids think.

Where do I sign up?  Right here!

What are the dates?  The read aloud starts September 30th and ends November 11th.  It is 6 weeks for the first time to give people more time to enjoy the text.

I am still not sure…go here, poke around, Google the project, and ask me questions.  I would love to help you get connected for the year.  

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