What is the Global Read Aloud?
Do I have to be a teacher to participate?No, not at all, but you do want to read the book aloud to someone since that is the experience we are sharing. So maybe your grandchildren would like to be part of this or another group of kids. Please join us.
Do my students have to share?
Preferably yes, however, sometimes just reading other students’ ideas and thoughts can be a form of sharing. So if you feel uncomfortable sharing first, read the discussion and jump in when you are comfortable.
How old should my students be?
We have a picture book study for our youngest students and then tree other books to choose from. We have K through college participate starting in 2014. Whichever book you decide to participate in is truly up to you. You know your kids/students and whether the book is suitable for them. Don’t dismiss the project because the books may seem too easy, it is about the connections you make.
This is meant to make the world a little smaller, to open our eyes to the rest of the world and look at all of our shared experiences. How phenomenal for a child to know that the same book they are reading is being read in classrooms across the globe.
Does this cost money?
No! All you need is the book and whatever technology you choose to use.
What do I need to participate?
The book and time to read aloud. Access to technology also helps for the connection part.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up on our Google Form to be a participant. Once you have signed up, make sure to check the Google Group – this group is my way of communicating important information to all participants no matter how they choose to connect.
Is this really global?
Yes! Since its inception we have had more than 1,000,000 students from more than 60 different countries participate!
How are books picked?
A combination of voting and me (Pernille) choosing.
I really want my book to be picked!
Please read this page or reach out to me.
How do I contact you?
Either through the contact form or email me at email@example.com
For more details about participating, read on.
Every year, the Global Read Aloud grows even bigger. It is quite astounding honestly. But with growth also comes more questions, thus this blog post to hopefully help all of the new facilitators that have signed up for this year!
Before the project:
How do I get the books?
Since headquarters is just me and my ideas, there is no way for me to purchase the books for you. I am sorry. So please do get the books ordered on your own.
Why should I be a part of the Google Group?
I use the Google group to email you any information that you may need, as well as updates on author participation and such. If you have not received emails from me yet, please join the Google group by signing up for the project or check in your spam folder. And if you got this information via your email – wahoo, you are a member of the Google group. (And no I don’t share your email or information with anyone).
What do we use Edmodo for?
Edmodo is used as a safe space for teachers to connect, ask questions, and share ideas. The groups for the separate books will not be available until late spring, early summer, but when they are please join your respective Edmodo group to connect with others doing the same book as you and to find people to connect with you. Edmodo is also used during the GRA by teachers, but that is something they set up between their classes.
How do I connect using Edmodo?
After you have joined your group and I have approved you (which I do on a daily basis) there are two different ways; you post a connections wanted post in your group, or you respond to one. If you post a connections wanted post, please make sure people have a way to get in touch with you such as email or Twitter handle. One you have found the connections, please alert people that you have found them. Also, please reach out to all people that respond to your post, even if it is to say you have found someone already.
If you respond to a connections wanted post, make sure you describe your classroom and give them a way to contact you.
What should I post in my connections wanted post?
It helps if you do age group, location, experience level, as well as what types of tools you feel comfortable using or would like to use. That way people can respond with similar dreams. You can post anything else that you think is helpful as well.
What if I don’t want to use Edmodo?
Then you can look for connections via Twitter using the hashtag #GRA16 or post on our Facebook page as well. There is also a Google Doc where you can post and search for a connection.
How many connections should I be looking for?
You decide. I like to have one solid connection for each of my classrooms and I like to have our ideas cemented before the project starts, that way I know for sure I am connected with someone. However, I also like to look at what else is going on during the project, so checking in on the Twitter hashtags, seeing what other people are sharing and such. Some people like to have several connections ready in case one doesn’t work out.
Should I read the book(s) beforehand?
Up to you. I like to read them to make sure I am choosing the right book for my students, and I like to think about the discussions/projects/connections we will have. But there is no rule.
During the Project:
What tools should I use to connect with others?
Again, up to you. Here is a list of great tools I have used in the past. You can also decide with your connection(s) to try something completely different. If you have an idea for a tool to use please share it with others, this is how the project becomes so awesome! If you are using Kidblog or something that requires others to go to your site to connect with you, then make sure your site is open to the public so others can view it and comment.
What should we read when?
The weekly breakdowns will be decided after the books are decided, for the picture book study we do one book a week. Don’t worry if you get behind (I do every year!). Just don’t read ahead.
Are there lesson plans?
What are things you can do with your students?
The sky is the limit. I see people use Skype for discussion calls or to guest read aloud. Many use Padlet to share quick ideas. People use Kidblog or other writing platforms to have students write about the books and then have others comment. People use Twitter to share projects and also to participate in a slowchat that will happen for some of the books. People use WriteABout to create writing communities. To see more about some tech tools, please go here.
How much should we do?
As much or as little as you want. You can share as much with the world as you feel comfortable doing or as little. Some choose to simply read the book aloud to their class knowing that they are part of something bigger without connecting with others, others choose to go as big as possible. Find your comfort zone in this and make it work for you.
Do I have to use technology?
No, you should connect in some ways. Technology makes that easier but you don’t have to use it if you can’t or do not want to.
Can I make shirts or other things for my students to show we participated?
Please reach out to me first, the name “Global Read Aloud” is trademarked. Merchandise can also be found here.
After the project:
We finished the book, now what?
Hopefully the connections will continue. Many, myself included, use the Edmodo groups throughout the year to find others to do projects with. I do not shutdown the Edmodo groups, nor do I lock them down. So please continue to use the space to do projects and share ideas.
Are you reading books for next year?
Yup! The minute books are selected for the year, I start my search for the next year’s amazing books. If you want to know more about the process, go here. If you are an author and want your book considered, please go here.
I hope this was helpful. If you still have questions, please leave them here or contact me via email or Twitter.
Who is behind this?
Pernille Ripp, a 7th grade teacher teaching in Oregon, Wisconsin started this project in the summer of 2010 because she wanted to expand her global collaboration. To learn more about her, go here.