Celebrating World Read Aloud Day

10 Mar

What an amazing day!! Joining LitWorld.org in the support of Global Literacy, we engaged a wide variety of read aloud activities throughout the day. Here’s an idea of some of the things our students did in our technology classes!

– Skype calls to read aloud with 1st grade class at South McKeel Elementary Academy in Lakeland, Fl, a 2nd grade class at Martin J Gottlieb Day School in Jacksonville, Fl, and two classes in Wisconsin. Thank you to their teachers, Samantha Lewis, Sylvia Tolisano, Pernille Ripp, and Susan Goneau, for being a part of this!
– A Skype call with a secret service agent who shared about his position in Washington DC and engaged us with a responsive reading about President John Adams, a poem about President Clinton’s cat, and more from the book, The White House: Looking In, Looking Out!
– An Elluminate session with Mrs. S. Lister, Canadian Ed Tech Consultant who is currently in the country, Jordan. Mrs. Lister read us The Sandwich Swap, written by Jordan’s Queen Rania!
– Premiered student-created Animated PowerPoint Storybooks based on original stories and student read aloud voice recordings!
– Created, recorded, and shared original poetry with pop-up illustrations!

Our first World Read Aloud Day experience was a great success (even with the fire alarm going off during our Elluminate session to Jordan!). The kids are more excited than ever about reading, writing… and technology. They are beginning to realize that the world is their audience and their teacher… and that their voices are worth hearing.

To hear some of our students read aloud, check out our 2D and 3D versions of our Pop-Up Poetry Digital Storybooks!!

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3 Responses to “Celebrating World Read Aloud Day”

  1. Scott Friedman March 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    What a day for us as well! I can’t begin to describe the excitement in our 1st and 2nd grade students when they heard Sandwich Swap being read to them by Susan Lister, an ed tech consultant from Canada working in Jordan. Our 3rd grade students Skyped with 6th grade students in Canada (Aldergrove, B.C.). The energy that came about from the read aloud is still evident today. Teachers are incorporating follow-up lessons in their classes and it have been great to see how reading has extended into writing and art.

    Can’t wait for next year!

  2. Kimberly Riffel March 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    I am so glad you are blogging about some of the AMAZING things you are doing at school. If it weren’t for your blog I wouldn’t know about the really great things that MY kid has participated in. Man she forgets to tell me everything!

    Riffel

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