This summer I am again joining in the amazing community and discussion of #cyberPD. This summer's book is Digital Reading: What's Essential in Grades 3-8. Click here to read more about #cyberPD or click here to join the Google+ discussion group!
Digital Reading: Reflections on Ch. 1-2The opening chapters of the book focus on how to define digital reading and how to incorporate it into your current reading workshop. What I especially appreciated about these chapters were the vignettes - especially the comparisons between two example students. This really helped me visualize how digital reading could work well in a classroom setting - and how it could work less well.
There is a great multi-page questionnaire to get teachers thinking about the role of digital texts in the classroom. For myself, I have not yet made many strides towards using digital texts. In past years, I have had the occasional student bring in a device to read a book during read to self time, but that has been about it. We started blogging this past year, but mainly used our blogs as a way to share writing and book recommendations with a few partner classes.
The only time I have used digital texts with students has been displaying excerpts on the SmartBoard during writing workshop or sharing Love that Dog. (Because the book is written as a poem, I wanted students to see the words as well during our read aloud.) We are not a 1:1 or BYOD school, so I have not yet done any work with students on how to use programs or apps for annotation, etc. during digital reading.
I am looking forward to learning more about how others incorporate digital texts and digital reading into their classrooms, as I seek to figure out what fits best with what I want to accomplish with students.