Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tech the Halls 2: #GivingTuesday

Today's "Tech the Halls" technology tip (or deal) is in honor of #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. Learn more about #GivingTuesday by visiting the Giving Tuesday website or watch the short video at the end of this blog post. 

Tech the Halls: Take Two

Tech the Halls by giving back, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.
Use these sites on Dell or Mac, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Season's Readings from We Give Books, Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.
Helps children in need, so take a look, Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.

For every book you read online, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.
Books are doubled if within the timeline, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Use We Give Books site in your classroom, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.
And at home with your little ones too, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Visit the We Give Books website for a variety of children's books that can be read online directly on your computer, smart phone or tablet browser. Choose from thousands of beautifully illustrated, well-loved books written for the wee-babies to the teenagers. The books on this site display perfectly on a SMARTboard or other classroom presentation system, which would be great for whole class read-alouds or as a balanced literacy station. Individually, students can choose a book to read on a classroom computer or other device when they finish their assignments early or as an independent reading station. 

"But I don't teach an elementary or intermediate grade, why do I need to visit this site?" We Give Books is a great resource to entertain your personal children after school or at home! It would also be a fun site to use to change things up a bit: 
  • Foreign language teachers can allow students to select a book from the site to translate a section of it into another language or have students write a book summary or review in Spanish, French, German, etc. 
  • Speech, theater or drama teachers can have students select a book and bring the story to life by performing it for younger grades either virtually or physically. 
  • Art, consumer science, journalism or digital graphics teachers can use the illustrations to facilitate discussions about design elements, page layout, illustration techniques, etc. 
  • English Language Arts teachers can have students scour the books for figurative language, characterization, author's purpose, etc. and then compare it to the novel you are reading in class. 
  • Science teachers can have students select an informational text as a foundation for research. Students can do additional research on that topic or concept and then follow the picture book model to create their own children's book as a way to present their research. Think how much more fun this style of research papers would be to read! 
  • Social studies teachers challenge your students to find a book and relate it to a time period you are studying in history. Geography teachers can have students locate the cities, states, or countries that the stories take place, where the book was published, or where the author and illustrators live, etc. 
  • Math teachers can select a short book and time students reading it aloud. Then create a class graph to analyze the data from students' top reading speeds. (This will also improve their fluency, which in turn means students can read those timed test questions at a faster rate.) Or, challenge your students to select a book to write a mathematical word problem for the rest of the class to solve. 

Be sure to check out the Educator Resources section for more great ideas to integrate We Give Books into your classroom at any grade level (grades Pre-K through 12th). 

The best part of this site: while you read a digital book, the organization gives physical books to charities around the world! During the Season's Readings challenge, the organization will double the number of books they give to children in need. What educator doesn't value the importance of putting books into the hands of kids?! And of course, you can also make monetary donations to the site if you feel inclined to give. 

#GivingTuesday Video 

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