It has been an amazing journey since its ‘small beginnings’ back in February this year.
After my involvement in 2014 with GRA I felt this collaborative initiative was the way to go with the future of literacy and saw an opportunity to develop a New Zealand version which focused on Kiwi authors and stories. The power of connecting with other learners outside the walls of our own classroom has been mind-blowing. Not only are students learning that ‘the world is bigger than them’ but they have an opportunity to build their understanding of a text collaboratively.
We have read 3 great kiwi books written by 3 amazing kiwi authors:
Ride of the Katipo by Stu Duvall
Wolf in the Wardrobe by Susan Brocker
Night Vision by Ella West
The other reason #NZreadaloud came about was a desire to motivate and engage my more reluctant readers. How can I help these kids know the joy and feeling of getting ‘lost in a story’? How can I motivate them to read independently for enjoyment? How can I scaffold them through strategies of comprehension in an authentic context rather than through ‘separate isolated’ activities.
The learning outcomes have been massive. You can read these under the pages “What the teachers say” and “What the kids say”
Students are sharing their understanding, ideas, opinions, and thoughts with others using digital platforms…they are co-constructing knowledge. Learners are contributing to literary discussions, extending their vocabulary, and developing their comprehension strategies. #NZreadaloud is providing authentic learning experiences such as our Skype with the author Susan Brocker and one with Park Ranger Mel at Yellowstone Park were highlights of #NZreadaloud2. Students are taking learning into their own hands by researching information which they find interesting as it comes up in the story. Students are learning HOW to use online learning platforms like Edmodo and twitter. Reluctant readers are showing interest in reading and choosing to read independently more often.
Alongside all of this Students are learning the importance of digital citizenship.
I decided to enter #NZreadaloud into the Interface ‘Teaching with ICT’ Awards in October – with the purpose of ‘getting it out there’ to as many schools as possible. I was pleasantly surprised when I was emailed and told we had made it into the top 5 finalists.
Voting closes on Wednesday 18th November and results are out sometime in December.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the kaupapa over the year and also to everyone who has voted.