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Marjan	
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@BiblioNasium	
  

BiblioNasium	
  
Marjang@Bi...
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Let’s Talk About Books: Building a Safe Space for Kids (and Their Grown-ups) to Find, Buy, and Review Books Online (Marjan Ghara, BiblioNasium)

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Marjan Ghara has built BiblioNasium.com (“where kids flex their reading muscles”), a home and classroom destination for kids to track their daily reading, review books, join reading challenges, win prizes, and make and find book recommendations. A sort of Goodreads for kids, BiblioNasium offers teachers and parents complete control over kids’ accounts as well as enhanced features to share reading lists and bookshelves, see reading levels of thousands of books, and buy books that both kids and teachers have added to their wishlists.

In this presentation, Marjan will give us a peek into BiblioNasium, why she developed it, and how parents and teachers are using it today to make kids’ stronger readers.

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Let’s Talk About Books: Building a Safe Space for Kids (and Their Grown-ups) to Find, Buy, and Review Books Online (Marjan Ghara, BiblioNasium)

  1. 1. BiblioNasium     Where  Kids  Flex  Their  Reading  Muscles!       Marjan  Ghara   Founder,  CEO  
  2. 2. The  Parent  Dilemma   Where  to  Start?  
  3. 3. The  Educator  Dilemma:  
  4. 4. Books  Are  Like  Shoes?!       The  Challenge:    The    Fit  MaCers     The  Opportunity:   What’s  Trending  MaCers  
  5. 5. How  Parents  Feel   How  Kids  Feel   How  Educators  Feel   What  happens  to  the  Data?    
  6. 6. Our  Mission:  To  Promote  and  Support    Independent  Reading   The  BEST  Predictor  of     Reading  Achievement,  Reading  Comprehension,  Verbal  Fluency*   20  min/day   1,800,000  words   1  min/day   8,000  words   90th  percen:le   *Source:  Anderson,  Wilson,  and  Fielding  (1988)     10th  percen:le  
  7. 7. Digital  Kids   Fit  MaCers       Social  Kids   Trends  MaCer  
  8. 8. Built  for  Kids  –  Informed  by  Kids  
  9. 9. Engage,  Excite,  Encourage     Virtual  Bookshelves   Connect  with  Friends   News  Feeds   Exchange  Recommenda[ons  
  10. 10. Mo[vate,  Measure,  Manage   Challenge   Reward   Track   Report  
  11. 11. Reading  Levels,  Safety,  Parent  Involvement   Reading  Level  Info   Parent  Challenges   COPPA   Access  to  Educator  Recommended  List  
  12. 12. How  Children  Discover  Books   Search  Func[on:  By  Title,  Author,  Category,  Reading  Level         Personal  Recommenda[ons  from:  Friends,  Teacher/Librarian,  Parents     Teacher/Librarian:  Required,  Recommended,  Favorite  Lists     Friends:    Book    Shelves,  Favorites,  Reviews     Parent  :  Favorite,  Suggested   Discovery  through  News  Feed   Sugges[ons  from  Coach  C.  Manzee              
  13. 13. User  Trac[on   Sog  Launch:  June  2012     77,244 Total  Registered  Students     1  Million+   Average  Monthly  Page  Views     7:49  minutes   Avg.  Visit  Dura[on     541,762     Books  Shelved  on  our  site     3000+  /30+   Schools/Countries     Global  Par[cipa[on  
  14. 14. Book  Data  –  As  of  Dec  2013       70,913 Unique  Titles  on  the  Shelves       26,964   Number  of  [mes  #1  Book  on  the  Kids   list  was  recommended           Top  2  Recommended  Books   By  Kids  To  Kids     Diary  of  Wimpy  Kid  #8   Wonder     Top  2  Recommended  Books   By  Teachers  To  Kids     The  One  &  Only  Ivan   Wonder     Top  2  Recommended  Books   By  Parents  To  kids     CharloCe’s  Web   Wonder  
  15. 15. Organic  Adop[on  through  Social  Media  
  16. 16. Future  Community  Engagement     Open  Kids  Reviews   Students  as  Video  Reporters     Book  Video  Trailers     Author  Videos   School  Wide  Reading  Challenges  –  Million  Minutes   Book  Clubs/Book  of  the  Month     Series  or  Genre  Challenges   More  Parents  Engagement      
  17. 17. BiblioNasium   Where  Kids  Flex  Their  Reading  Muscles   @BiblioNasium   BiblioNasium   Marjang@BiblioNasium.com  

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