Today I learned about a program called the Global Read Aloud. Has anyone else heard or participated in this program? It was started in 2010 by a 7th grade teacher who wanted to expand her global collaboration.
The Global Read Aloud is meant to make the world a little smaller, to open our eyes to the rest of the world and look at all of our shared experiences. How phenomenal for a child to know that the same book they are reading is being read in classrooms across the globe.
ANYONE can participate. You do not have to be a classroom teacher. Here are the guidelines as stated on the Blog:
The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. In the past we have used Twitter, Skype, Edmodo, our wiki, email, regular mail, Kidblog, Tackk, and any other tools we can think of to make these connections. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.
The 2015 Global Read Aloud is scheduled to kick off on October 5, 2015. Interested in learning more? Please click here. I am going to be thinking how I can incorporate this program into my position. If you will be doing it please let me know!