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Many Voices: Online Book Clubs

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Many Voices: Online Book Clubs

  1. 1. MANY VOICES: Interpreting Literature Via Online Book Clubs Carmen Escamilla & Christine Romanelli © United Independent School District 2011-2012
  2. 2. Advantages • Great way to engage students in digital literacies • Students can participate in a discussion from anywhere, anytime! • Online book club environments benefit students’ multimodal reading • Tolerance is learned and lived in an online book club format. Advantages with a Twist • Selected titles will be “read-a- likes” using different genres • Classes chosen are from feeder schools (K-12th) • Triad Partnership: Teacher, Librarian, and IT Coordinator • Supports inverted or flipped model of instruction where students practice what they learn under the guidance of a teacher: not LECTURE based!
  3. 3. Vertical Feeder Online Book Clubs and Standards for the 21st Century Learner Standards Successfully Met: • Standard 1: Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge • Standard 2: Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge. • Standard 3: Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society. • Standard 4: Pursue personal and aesthetic growth. Source: Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009. 60- 61. Print
  4. 4. Use Award Winning Bibliographies Reading Lists | Texas Library Association
  5. 5. Look for Commonalities Slavery, independence, civil rights, self-rule, human dignity, personal and corporate freedom Fiction Non-Fiction
  6. 6. Choosing Two Different Genres Will: • Historical Fiction (Chains): • Develop an awareness of the past and its connection to today. • Create a community of tolerance and empathy. • Information -Photo Essay Book (Marching for Freedom): • Create interest, especially with boys. • “By grade five, many surveys of children’s preferences show that boys, in particular, rate nonfiction books as their favorite.” (Vardell, 234) Source: Vardell, Sylvia M. Children’s Literature in Action A Librarian’s Guide. Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited, 2008, 234.
  7. 7. Book Club Participants • Content of books • Grade levels tested • Go VERTICAL! – High School – Middle School – Elementary • Future high school students socializing with Juniors • Juniors setting an example for the upcoming students • Permissions • Subjects Elementary Middle School High School
  8. 8. Triad Partnership at Work: Who Does What? Framework: Met with Teachers, IT Coordinator, and Librarian to discuss project Choose online format: •ECHALK works well •Moderator was chosen for discussion boards •Create a Student Wiki •Choose Web 2.0 Tools •Choose Dates to Post/Publish •Computer Lab Times •IT Coordinator’s Role •Librarian’s Role •Teachers’ Role •Students’ Role
  9. 9. Most Important: Two Key Factors • Patience & Understanding – Campus activities may interfere with scheduled events – Teachers and students may be at different technology levels • Flexibility – Change/ compromise on dates of activities/ readings
  10. 10. Moderator Elementary High School “Marching for Freedom”
  11. 11. Let Them Loose! Bookmarks created by AHS High School, CTE Graphic Design & Illustration Class, Mr. Fernando Silva Printed and handed out at the Author’s Presentation
  12. 12. Let Them Loose! Submitted projects by: Middle School and Elementary Design by: Nye Elementary, Ms. Z. Solis’ class Book Jackets by: Gutierrez Elementary, Ms. S. Reyna’s Class
  13. 13. Vertical Feeder: Participating Campuses New!
  14. 14. Web 2.0 • Gave teachers the freedom to choose what tool THEY felt comfortable using • Tagxedo • Comic Strip Creator • Voki • Xtranormal • *Wiggio • *FlockDraw
  15. 15. Tagxedo • http://www.tagxedo.com/
  16. 16. Comic Strip • http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/ By: Elian Fernandez Elementary
  17. 17. Voki • Elementary-”Chains” • Middle School-”Marching for Freedom” • http://www.voki.com/
  18. 18. Xtranormal • High School- ”Chains” • http://www.xtranormal.com/
  19. 19. Wiggio http://wiggio.com/
  20. 20. FlockDraw
  21. 21. FlockDraw
  22. 22. Adobe Connect • High School with Elementary
  23. 23. Thank You! Questions? Carmen Escamilla: cescamilla@unitedisd.org Christine Romanelli: cromanelli@unitedisd.org

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