As a Educational Technology Integrationist I am always looking for new ideas to bring to the awesome teachers in my district. Some ideas don't catch much steam, but that was not the case with the Global Read Aloud project. I saw something in passing about the GRA but it wasn't until @steph_hansen61 contacted me about it that I took a closer look. The GRA is the product of @pernilleripp and it is a true gem in the educational world. As her website says, the goal is to find "one book to connect the world." This year the 2nd grade teachers at #ISD465 jumped on board with the idea. I had the opportunity to work with these great teachers and their students on a number of different projects during the GRA13. We helped the students create blogs to connect with other readers on Kidblog.org and create various visual projects including our first green screen project. Students made personal connections to a chapter topic and then shared their stories with the #GRA13 community. Teachers used Edmodo to connect with other classroom teachers around the world. Classes also spent time Skyping with other classes around the world to discuss the book. These connections were very powerful and will likely continue after the book is finished.
The impact of the GRA project on our school has been very powerful. Students were excited about reading, learning, connecting, and sharing. Teachers were excited to try something new and learned valuable new technology skills for their students. I was able to collaborate with colleagues in different buildings in my district and the country. If you haven't been a part of the GRA project, make sure to sign up for next year's event. You won't regret it.
I am a high school Social Studies teacher and EdTech Integrationist. I am constantly looking for ways to bring innovation into the classroom. Working on developing a growth mindset everyday.