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270,000 Students to Connect over Books with Global Read-Aloud Project

Posted on 08/04/2015

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This year during the Global Read Aloud External link opens in new window or tab project teachers will choose from four books (and a group of picture books), and more than 270,000 students are expected to participate. Four of the authors will join in on the online conversations, which will happen on Skype, Twitter, Google Apps, Kidblog, and other applications over a six-week period.

Students of all ages are welcome to join in, and the entire operation is free (and will always be, according to Pernille Ripp, an English teacher in Wisconsin's Oregon school district who started the project about five years ago). Participants have contributed by helping promote the effort, create new social-media groups, write guest blogs on the website, etc. They have also recommended and voted for books, though Ripp continues to have final say over what is chosen.

The conversations take place in English, but most of the books are available in a variety of languages.

"With global collaboration, you just have to have an idea and enough courage to follow the idea," Ripp said at the conference. "You don't have to have all the answers. … Everyone else can start adding their ideas."

To sign up for the Global Read Aloud, which will take place between October 5 and November 13 this year, head to this Google Form External link opens in new window or tab.

Source: Education Week post by Liana Heitin External link opens in new window or tab, July 29, 2015