Written by Eva Yeung, BSD Education
Spring is a time of new beginnings or even to revisit some goals that were set earlier this year. Take this April as an opportunity to reignite your students’ passion for reading and writing. In fact, UNESCO has set April 23rd as the World Book and Copyright Day to celebrate books and reading around the globe.
Internationally, people do celebrate and recognize the power of books. For such a small little rectangle, it holds creativity and knowledge from the past and the future, allowing people to share ideas and access new knowledge. Now this small little rectangle paperback is also available on a handheld device. With the help of technology, stories are brought to life and enhances the experience of reading when students can probe further with a simple search.
The rapid development of technology has enabled us to provide more scaffolding in the classroom, such as better personalized learning (platforms and apps that recommend books according to learner reading ability), and gamified learning experiences (achieve a badge for completing a book). Technology can also provide new ways for students to discover interests they never considered before. Consider trying these activities with your class:
- Challenge students to keep a reading blog to share and reflect on a book of their choice.
- Encourage students to practice giving constructive feedback and recommendations by keeping an unplugged reading review forum on your class bulletin. Suggest books and post them on the board and encourage students to post their ratings when they have read the book!
- Have students collaborate by choosing a scene or chapter from a book and to create their own version by making a video.