#GRA17 – Making Connections Through Reading

Author and teacher Pernille Ripp had the idea for the Global Read Aloud in 2010. In its first year, 150 students read “The Little Prince” out loud through 60 different facilitators. The project has grown dramatically since its beginning, now including over one million students across the world.

This is the first year Oakhill has participated in the Global Read Aloud. Lead by Mrs. Verwers, our students have the opportunity to read one of the nine books chosen for this year’s program. They are then able to use their developing technology skills to connect with other students around the world reading the same story. The project not only encourages reading, but being part of the global community that we are all part of.

“I love that we are able to participate in this project,” said Mrs. Verwers. “It fits perfectly with my goal of providing students with relevant, meaningful and authentic experiences that foster creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking, all while building their 21st Century Skills.”

Technology skills are being developed by a variety of programs students are learning to participate in the read aloud. Students are now adept in using resources such as Padlet, Flipgrid, Twitter, and have experienced Skype calls with other classes throughout the United States and Canada.

To follow along with our student’s progress through the Global Read Aloud, check out their Twitter page @ODSTechsplorers, or search #GRA17.

Does your school do something similar?

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