Global Read Aloud

The Global Read Aloud Project.

What is it? “One shared read aloud – One global connection” the tagline on the blog reads. Pernille Ripp designed this global project just last year. For 2011 we are going to read Flat Stanley or Tuck Everlasting, depending on the age of the child you’ll be reading to.

I was inspired to write this post when I read both Jee Young Kim’s post and Jen Diaz’s post about the Global Read Aloud. I’m fairly new to connecting and collaborating–it was just last week that I participated in my first chat–and, like Jee, I am looking forward to participating in global projects this year.

Last year I was an infant on Twitter, so I did hear about the Global Read Aloud, and it fascinated me. I was curious, but I didn’t have the gumption to join in.

In less than a year, however, I have joined the Global Read Aloud–I’ll be reading with my 7th grade class–, and I even signed up to help with the planning. I jumped right into the wiki and added a few links and pages, including a participant map.

Learning to make the map and getting the code to work on the wiki was very rewarding. As a result, when Clive Elsmore, @CliveSir, was looking for a couple more presenters to fill in the last of the schedule for RSCON3, I volunteered to show how to add a map to a webpage. But that’s a topic for another post!

I hope you will join us in the Global Read Aloud. If you are hesitant, like I was a year ago, remember what Ms. Frizzle always said, “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.”

Just say yes! I, and hundreds of others, will help you along the way! Any questions? Just leave them here and I will answer or find someone who can help.

By Scott Kidder, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0