Tuesday, March 22, 2011

One small step for Skype, one giant leap to tech intergration.

A few weeks ago was World Read Aloud Day.  It was one of those times where I wish I had been paying closer attention to my Twitter feed. A fantastic local author Angela Maiers, @AngelaMaiers brought to my attention that this was taking place.  She and others suggested Skyping with other classes from around the world.  Unfortunately, I caught the memo too late to partner up with a class from another area, so I did the next best thing.  I partnered with an outstanding Kindergarten teacher in our building, who has a phenominal passion for learning and teaching.  We decided to make it a special day!

Students from our classroom read aloud their favorite books to students from the Kindergarten room, and students from her room reciprocated the favor.  We shared stories via Skype.  It was amazing to watch how engaged and supportive my students were of Kindergarteners' reading with fantastic fluency.  I would hear comments like, "That student read with wonderful expression!"  and "I can't believe how smooth that kids' fluency is!"  We Skyped three times that day.

At the end of the day we visited our buddies down the hall and got together to read aloud in person.  The Kindergarteners gave us a snack and we read books from their read-to-self tubs.  It was a great day filled with great learning.  Since then we have decided to continue the tradition of reading aloud to each other.  This Friday will be our second time our classrooms will share stories.

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