In the last two weeks we have been working on the 2012 Global Read Aloud. We started with a 6 Word Story Animoto as a pre-read prediction project. Now we are reading an ePub version of The One And Only Ivan using our class Smartboard. This is a first for us. I wasn't sure if we could all share one book - but we can. We take turns reading, predicting and discussing as we read about 20 pages a day. We take time to check out what other classes are doing and we have started to blog about the book.
We have blogged as Ivan, the gorilla, and as Stella, the elephant. We have laughed with Ivan as he described humanity and felt his sadness as he lost his best friend.
The class was excited to set up their own websites and blogs and we worked every day this week to blog and illustrate our projects.
I wanted to see how many of my students would try to
log in from home and work on their blog as homework. I taught them how to log in but they have never done it from home. We had only made 1 blog
together so far, so this is a big leap. In order to complete their next blog they would need to sign in to Dropbox, download
their artwork, and then upload it to their blog. Then they would need to type in their blogs and publish them.
As we start new projects I always think that we may have bitten off a little too much...and the children always amaze me.
Of course they stepped up and showed me just how resourceful and creative they could be. About two thirds of my class succeeded in completing a new blog from home. The rest did last night after some extra coaching from others.