CTRL-ALT-DELiver 23 looks at Paper Tweets, Scholastic’s Storia, and World Read Aloud Day. And now…on to the EdTech!
Zoe Branigan-Pipe suggests giving the students a hashtag to search for. (of course, you will have already checked it out to make sure that the responses are appropriate.) The students will “retweet” the Tweets that they find by writing them down on colorful pieces of tagboard, or sentence strips. Using the paper Tweets, students can “retweet” or “reply”. By discussing with them at each step of the way, you can explain the importance of only passing on those things that you find that are of value and replying to those things that you have something to add to. By remembering to use the hashtag, you continue to build a topic of depth and value, but also learn the etiquette of social networking.
Back in 1998, I came up with a similar concept for teaching students about email and domains by using paper and pencil notes, delivered to room numbers (with a .com added to it). The student’s names would be appended to the front of the address making an address like [email protected] The emails would then be delivered, by hand, by the mail router student.
And now for our feature on KidLit
From LitWorld.org, whose tag is Words Changing Worlds
Across the globe nearly 171 million children could be lifted out of poverty if they left school with basic reading and writing skills. Quality literacy education is the difference between life and death, prosperity and despair. This is literacy for survival.
LitWorld.org has some great ideas for you to use on World Read Aloud Day, which is Today, March 7, 2012
1. Host a Book Swap Bash with your friends and bring short pieces to read that make people laugh.
2. Gather a group of children, donate some books and stay awhile to read them together.
Scholastic has announced a new digital platform with Storia.
From Publishers Weekly.com comes this press release.
After more than 18 months of development, Scholastic has begun beta tests for Storia, its proprietary e-book platform for selling and distributing its trade titles as well as digital editions of titles from other children’s houses. The beta test features 1,300 titles with the vast majority published by Scholastic; Deborah Forte, executive v-p and president of Scholastic Media, said she expects Storia to have about 2,000 titles when it makes its official debut in the fall.
One of the unique features, that is not present in other ebook formats, is that parents (or teachers) will have more control over books for younger readers and will have access to a management tool that will enable them to assign books to their children, create passwords and limit the types of books children can read.
Do you feel that we need another platform for ebooks? Let me know.
You can download the Beta at Scholastic.com for the PC, with versions coming for the iPad.
That wraps it up for this episode of the CTRLALTDELIVER Podcast. You can find me on Twitter at @CTRLALTDELIVER