School Librarian's Role in Reading Toolkit
Technology provides SL a wealth of tools to use in the teaching of reading and the possibilities are endless! In today’s media centers students are reading e-books, sharing their stories online on wikis, creating book trailers, blogging as their favorite book character, participating in online book discussions, and taking online literature field trips. The SL should begin by learning the reading curriculum standards. Then work with the teachers as they plan for their reading instruction by bringing them ideas for collaborating to create new and exciting options for their students.
Motivation is often cited as an important factor in reading development and teachers often question how to engage students in this process. These new Web 2.0 participatory resources provide for an exciting and authentic way to motivate students to read. Digital texts and media are allowing students to create and connect to the text through engaging them as active readers and giving purpose to their learning.
The SL is knowledgeable in the areas of children’s literature and technology; by participating in reading instruction the SL is afforded the opportunity to combine literature and technology to create an engaging learning experience for students.
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- VoiceThread for Education
- Technology Tools for Teaching Reading
- Wikireadia: http://www.readingforlife.org.uk/wikireadia/index.php?title=Welcome_to_Wikireadia
- Character Scrapbook: A reader's response activity to analyze the characters in any book
- Using Wikis in the Library Media Center
- Blogging Literature Circles
- Literature Circles @Web English Teacher
- Book Wink: Video booktalks for kids
- Book Leads
- Hamlet Blog
- Hamlet Wiki
- Tarheel Reader
- Share What You are Reading: A place for students to write, share and read other book reviews online.
- Center for Digital Storytelling: While the term "digital storytelling" has been used to describe a wide variety of new media practices, what best describes our approach is its emphasis on first-person narrative, meaningful workshop processes, and participatory production methods.
- Storyline Online: An online video program staring Screen Actors Guild members reading storybooks
- Reading Rockets: Easy-to-digest research, tips and activities for helping children learn to read This site is filled with practical information in the form of print, podcasts and videos.
- FreeReading.net: A free open-source early literacy program that includes lessons that build key reading and writing skills necessary for the early primary grades
- Reinforcing Reading Skills with Interactive Websites
- Create your own modern day fairy tale, myth or fable – podcasts or blog
- Blogs for reader’s response to a prompt or classroom connection
- Continue classroom discussions online on blog or wiki
- Teach sequencing with putting pictures from Flickr in order on VoiceThread or SlideShare
- Teach setting with Google Earth
- Digital storytelling using various online tools (Animoto, VoiceThread)
- Online reading circles or literature discussion groups using blogs or wikis
- Wikis to publish a class newspaper
- Blogs of keep a journal or respond to current events they have read
- Create podcasts of book character interviews
- Create book trailer videos as an alternative to traditional book reports
- Student read, write and record a podcast of original poetry
- Students create book review podcast
- Get students excited about reading when they follow KidderLit on Twitter. Everyday they post the first line of a young adult or children's book. The trick is that they don't tell you what the book is or who the author is. A research project perhaps or a challenge between groups, classes or schools? You can also limit the age groups and/or genre of the books that are chosen.
- Have students develop messages as historic or fictional characters might have communicated in 140 character tweets - "Historical Tweets"
- Create an account that only students access and use it to recommend books. Keep kids reading through the summer. Students will need to be creative in "hooking" their peers to read in only 140 characters.
- A new spin on the old cumulative story. Start with you posting a story starter and then use TwitterFall to have students add their part to it.
- Silly Books
- Tumble Books: ebooks for kids
- Ebooks for young readers from UVa
- Amazing Adventure Series: Read along books and movies
- Time for Kids
- Scholastic News