The thing that I have always loved the most about the GRA is that every person makes this project into whatever they want it to be. That also means that you choose what ever tools and methods of sharing that you feel most adventurous or most comfortable with. In the spirit of this, here is what is officially available for participants.
We will have:
A central wiki – this will have time lines, helpful tools, but no teacher contact info. This will be be the main showcase piece for people to share what their students have been doing. http://globalreadaloud.wikispaces.com/
Edmodo for teachers to connect. Both groups have been set up already. These are where you can set up contacts with others such as for skyping, quad blogging, book discussions, whatever you choose. This is also another great venue to share any tools or resources you may be using. These groups are only adults, no students/kids allowed. You will need to join Edmodo to connect to the groups.
Edmodo groups for students and yes, these will be much smaller, there will definitely not be one large group for students. I encourage you to start reaching out to others and make those connections, put “want ads” up on our Edmodo teacher group and get those connections going before October 1st. As much as I would love to facilitate all of these connections it is not going to happen with this many people involved. These student groups have therefore not been set up yet and can be set up by you.
Google groups – these are solely for behind the scenes communication because not everybody is signed up to receive these emails. I finally got the planning group sign ups to work and have been approving members as the requests come in. Soon, I will be using that more to speak specifically to groups and this big group will be for once in a while updates or discussions. These can be joined by signing up your email on the right side of this blog
Our Blog – http://www.globalreadaloud.com – this is used for posts on the project both from students and teachers, like a front window for the project. If you would like to write a post for the project please do so and send it to me, I would love to hear whatever you have to say about why you are doing this, your hopes, oyur past experience, etc. The same goes for during the project and after, I particularly love hearing from the students and their thoughts.
Twitter – the hashtag is #glread12 – use this to share ideas and to reach out to others as well. Follow me on Twitter @pernilleripp and I will gladly help get you connected.
Anything else you choose. People in the past have used all sorts of various tools and places to connect; Twitter, Facebook, Teachmeet, classroom websites etc. This is all up to you.