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Being Reading Active

There are a number of ways to integrate technology with reading, from the content you or your group may be reading, such as digital books, to activities around the reading, like mapping
or making booktalks, or even to how you might be discussing a book. While many might like their book clubs to get together in person, have a nice snack and talk about the story, don't forget those who may have a love of more esoteric genres and can't find many people in their area who don't really want to talk about paranormal romance, military science fiction, or perhaps novels written around 1910. Then too there are those who can't get someplace to talk about their books. I know that when I was a child in hospital, I would have loved to have the opportunity to talk or write about what I was reading with others who liked that book. So as you might be developing readings or associated activities don't forget to consider the three dimensions that students can interact using technology and reading.

How digital book clubs can support learning outside the classroom
Students at a Wisconsin school participate in a digital dialogue as part of a twice-weekly book club, posting responses to their reading using the online tool, Kidblog. Principal Matt Renwick describes in this article how such discussions have led to more comprehensive learning experiences for his students. "Many sound instructional practices can be embedded within these digital conversations about reading -- such as providing timely feedback, facilitating goal setting, and exercising critical thinking," Renwick writes. MiddleWeb (6/25)


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