Last year, I decided to do a technology makeover on my daily Reader’s Workshop. My favorite part of this makeover was a wonderful app/website called Lino. The moment I saw it, I fell in love with the attractive interface and amazing ability to organize ideas. Rather than using this app for it’s actual purpose (as a digital bulletin board) I decided to use it for my class reading “blog”.
Earlier in the year, I had tinkered with the idea of reader blogs because of their undeniable power in getting students motivated to write about their reading. Rather than simply recording thoughts in a notebook mostly seen by their teacher, a reading blog allows students to publish their thoughts for their peer audience and get feedback. Unfortunately, our school’s wireless network was not supportive of so many students connecting to one Blogger account simultaneously and my reading blog dreams came crashing down.
I was crushed…and then the beautiful colors and adorable sticky notes of Lino entered my life!
Here is a little peek of how this tool has transformed reading responses and boosted comprehension in my classroom.
All of my students use the same username and password so that all of their ideas can be collected in one account and it is easier for me to review everyone’s blog posts.
Students are a part of one of my four reading groups depending on their greatest area of need. Each group has a page within our account where questions unique to their reading needs are posted.
Do you use student reading blogs in your classroom? Share your ideas below.