I really don’t have a lot of words for this other than; wow. Today The White House released their new National Education Technology Plan which encapsulates their hopes for how we use technology in education. And lo and behold, one of the 5 ways that technology can improve and enhance learning is through a project like the Global Read Aloud!
Here is what was said
3. Technology can help learning move beyond the classroom and take advantage of learning opportunities available in museums, libraries, and other out-of-school settings.Coordinated events such as the Global Read Aloud allow classrooms from all over the world to come together through literacy. One book is chosen, and participating classrooms have six weeks in which teachers read the book aloud to students and then connect their classrooms to other participants across the world. Although the book is the same for each student, the interpretation, thoughts, and connections are different. This setting helps support learners through the shared experience of reading and builds a perception of learners as existing within a world of readers. The shared experience of connecting globally to read can lead to deeper understanding of not only the literature but also of their peers with whom students are learning.
I don’t know what else to say, other than, how would have thought that a little idea like this could grow so big?