Literacy 2.0 – Share a Story Shape a Future

When Danielle from There’s a Book asked me if I could contribute to the Share a Story – Shape a Future celebration and on the topic of technology. I had to take a moment to think. I adore technology but I have a huge rule about not blogging about my kids on this blog. However I did have something I wanted to add to the conversation and I think this time breaking that rule is okay. Here is how I used technology to combat a reluctance to read with my seven year old Adisyn. Make sure you stop by Danielle’s blog for special giveaway stuff and more information on Share a Story.

Using technology to foster a love of reading at my house is a given. My
husband is a Senior UI Prototyper at a major internet company and I
contract myself out to the same company from time to time. We eat, sleep,
and breath tech and tech pays the bills.

When my daughter went to Kindergarten last year we learned that she was
just not that interested in reading at all. Going into first grade here
she still wasn’t up to grade level and I began to get worried. It wasn’t
that she couldn’t read she just didn’t want to. I wanted to devise a way
to make reading more fun for her so was born.

I worked with my husband over a few nights and we picked a theme that was
free to use for WordPress and installed it on the new URL. Then I filled
in all the information about Addie and put a picture of her in as well so
that she could see it was her website. Then I explained to her that after
she has read a book she can review it on her new website.

Of course she lacks the ability to type up a review, and the maturity to
explain complexities of writing style and illustration critique so we went
about it in another way, a way that I think fosters more time together and
helps confirm her love of reading.

We have a video camera that my Father in Law bought when I had my son last
year. So we employ that and allow Addie to review the book via video.
Behind the camera my husband or myself will ask her questions about the
book which aids in prompting her to remember information about the book
she read and be able to pass that same information back to the camera in a
comprehensive manner.

This year we have watched Addie grow into a love of reading and she has
since abandoned her blog for the most part. Only asking to make a video
for a book that she really and truly loved. However she is reading more
than ever and the complication of the text grows all the while and she is
now just a smidge above grade level.

I will leave you with Addie’s most successful review:

Stop by these other blogs who are participating!
Digital Storytime
With iPad books that look more like toys and entertainment how likely are they to be used as tools for literacy and how does it affect the reader, children?

Happy Birthday Blog
Using video to extend the meaning of a book beyond its pages, teach basic skills, entertain, and provide primary sources of information. The post includes examples of all these ideas, plus ideas to produce your own video as a literacy activity. And that’s not all….there are links to the sources of video I have used to write my blog.

Book Dads
Using the Nook Color with young, beginning readers.

Using apps/iPhones/iPads/Tablets/etc

Book Chook
Online Resources for Reading and Writing

Imagination Soup
Reading On the Go!
Reading in the Car, at the Doctor’s Office, at Grandma’s House . . . Books, eBooks, Playaways and more!

The Scoop
Hasta la Vista, Hardy Boys: No e-reader can compare to the beauty of a book on a shelf, ready to be re-opened at any time … but what about books you don’t want on your shelf forever?

Paul W. Hankins
Digitizing the classroom. How digital media can be used in a classroom setting to enhance the literacy experience.

Great Kid Books
E-books for children, tweens and young adults

Teach Mentor Texts
Using technology to encourage kids to read. Specifically by having a blog for students and offering books in different formats like on the Nook and as audiobooks.

Miss Remmers Review
Taking a classroom into the digital realm with limited funding. Stop by to see which teaching tools Miss Remmers uses on a daily basis.

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9 Responses so far

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    Oh, I hope Adyson doesn’t give up on reviewing books. We need more kids talking about the books they love.

    Thank you for sharing this very creative way for helping a reader gain her voice and find a passion!

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    Awh! That is such a great idea! I’m so happy your daughter has developed a love for reading. (And that video review you included is adorable!)

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    awesome. excellent idea.

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    Way to go, Addie! We do book reviews as well. I was thinking they’d like being recorded, but they’d probably like it even more with a video camera. Thanks for the idea!

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    This is awesome! I absolutely love it!!

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    Adyson you did a wonderful job reviewing the book. You should let Bob Staake now that you made the video. He is very active on Facebook. I am sure he would love to see it!

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    I absolutely love this idea Pam! It’s so unique and something I could see kids of all ages getting excited about, even if it’s just for a little bit. Plus Addie is such a cutie! I really hope she’ll get back into reviewing again at some point in the future, Turkeybird needs someone to chat with about books some time! :)

    Thank you so much for posting Pam! I’m so happy you participated today!

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    Oh my goodness, she is too cute! What a great idea to get her more interested in reading! :)

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    Please share w/ your daughter how great she did with her review!! I’d love to see more kids reviewing books for other kids – great idea and anytime she’d like to be a guest on Book Dads to give a review, she’s welcome!!

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