This project came about after a small group of teachers and teacher librarians were inspired by the Global Read Aloud and wanted to do something similar here in Simcoe County. After choosing the book, it was decided that all Grades 5-8 classes would be invited to participate. Melanee Vandermolen's Grade 5 students at West Bayfield Elementary School created promotional posters as part of their Media Literacy program, which were copied and sent to all schools to promote the project.
From the beginning, the organizers felt strongly that they wanted to be inclusive of all Grade 5-8 teachers and students, regardless of their comfort with technology. The priority of this read aloud was to put the focus on the book itself, rather than the technology tools used for exploring and connecting. Just over 90 teachers responded to the email invitation by signing up on a Google Form. From there, the organizers used that list of contacts to keep the project moving forward. Teachers were asked if they wanted to connect their classes with another one and share ideas about the book.
The culminating activity was a very special video conference on Google Hangouts on Air. In preparation, the teachers were asked to work with their students to come up with rich questions and share them with the organizing committee. A few classes were chosen to go "live" with Mr. Walters and ask the questions submitted on behalf of the contributing classes.
|Photo by S.English - used with permission|
A big thank you to all the classes who participated, especially to those teachers and students who shared ideas with others.
Students! Teachers! Teacher Librarians! Please leave us a comment. What did you like most about the SCDSB Read Aloud?
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