Our #cyberPD event has become an integral part of summer professional development for so many outstanding educators! I am delighted to be co-hosting again this year, alongside Cathy Mere and Michelle Nero. This year, we're reading Digital Reading: What's Essential in Grades 3-8 by Bill Bass and Franki Sibberson. Our schedule is as follows:
Week of 7/6 - Chapters 1-2
Week of 7/13 - Chapters 3-5
Week of 7/20 - Chapters 6-7
Week of 7/27 - Wrap-up (live) Twitter Chat
We've moved our #cyberPD home to a Google Community this year! We still extend the invitation for people to visit individual blogs and comment there, but the Google Community will allow for yet another place to keep the conversation rolling. You can visit it by clicking here.
My thoughts this week are also influenced by the time I spent at NerdCamp in Franki's session on Digital Reading. She shared her slides publicly via Twitter, so I'm hoping it's okay that I provide the link HERE! You can peruse the slides to see more about the key points she made. My favorite quote from her session was from slide 17...
"Choice invites intentionality and purpose."
Can't stop thinking about this! I'm a huge fan of choice in the classroom, and I know we have to make sure we are providing supports as students navigate their learning journeys. These supports will allow them to be intentional, purposeful users of technology in their reading and writing lives.
In chapter 1, I kept going back to the idea of how and when I've been using digital texts/resources in our classroom and in my own learning. I teach in a school where every child has a device; for the past two years, that device was an Android tablet (Kuno.) In the fall, we'll be switching to Chromebooks. We have been fortunate to have connections at our fingertips, but the more I think, the more I realize I may not have been as intentional as I could've been about the choices I made regarding digital literacy.
Moving forward, the three anchors that Franki and Bill focus on will be absolutely essential! Authenticity, intentionality, and connectedness will definitely help me plan for future lessons and experiences for my fourth graders.
To that end, I also attended a session led by Pernille Ripp at NerdCamp and one thing in particular has really stuck with me. She said,
"We're not teaching digital natives. We're teaching kids who use technology."
That quote really supports what Bill and Franki were saying in the first chapter. Just because students are online doesn't necessarily mean they truly understand how to navigate successfully, how to make intentional choices, and how to truly "learn" digitally.
In chapter 2, I forced myself to think about the decisions I've made in my classroom in the past two years that I've been teaching fourth grade. Was I staying true to what I believe about reading and writing instruction, grounded in the workshop approach? Sadly, I feel like I lost sight of some of my beliefs as I've made the transition from first grade to fourth grade. This chapter in particular has really helped me be honest with myself! The questions Franki and Bill pose will be essential for me as I bring myself back to my roots.
I especially love on page 22 how they included the structural components of reading workshop and how those don't change just because we may be doing things digitally. The questions posed on page 23 will also help me as I meet with my readers next year!
I'm excited to now go over to our Google Community and read what others took away from the first two chapters!