Imagine a world where everyone can read. This is the dream of World Read Aloud Day. “It is all about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people.” Parents, students, teachers and community members from more than 60 countries across the globe are coming together today to address the issue of adult and childhood illiteracy.
Jasmine Shannon wanted to try a skype linkup this week and the World Readaloud Day made the perfect connection for my 9/10 ICT class and Jasmine’ 5-7 year olds. What seemed like a simple task turned into quite a lesson of learning. I thought my kids would grizzle about doing this but there was only silent affirmation when told. Here is how it looked:-
- Students worked out their partner as they were to read in pairs
- As a class, discussed what books would be appropriate for young ones
- Students found books they thought the young ones might like to have read to them either from the library or from the prep-2 classrooms. Not surprisingly most of the books featured animals. (Remember that my students live on farms or in small rural towns)
- Spent 15 mins working out who would read which pages. Even the poorest of readers were capably reading their share!
- Practised speaking to the webcam in the tools>video settings option of skype and showing the page of their book.
- Had to work out our setup for video projection of the class. A student team put up a tripod with a webcam on top.”
- At the appointed time linked up with Jasmine from Tipperary Cattle Station in outback Northern Territory.
- Jasmine’s class read their book as a whole class.
- ICT students came up in pairs and read their book
As we ran out of time, several of the girls stayed in at lunchtime to read their books. Then students from each school shared their lunchbox via the webcam and we learnt a little of each other’s food supplies. We have a school canteen, they do not. They are in the outback and food supplies are only flown in each week etc
Did you take part in World Readaloud Day? If so, what did you do? This was a fabulous excerise that will definitely be repeated next year.