Joanne is amazing, she has so many great ideas for "big kids" -- so hop over and check out her blog!
Okay, back to the amazing reading find! My teaching partner, Chelsea, deserves all the credit for finding this gem as an ad on Facebook. The website is called Learn 2 Earn. The website was designed for reading fundraisers. Students are able to log on the the site and for FREE log minutes and books they've read. Then, they can gain sponsors for the minutes or books they've logged. However, after playing around with the site, my teaching partner and I discovered, it'd be great for our online reading logs! Teachers can create a class "tree" for free and easily set up student accounts. They even have a way to print out a class set of directions and user names and passwords for each student. We've been thinking about going digital because this year our paper version was a real struggle for many of our kids and not very motivating. We do have our 40 Book Challenge in place but that hasn't had the pull as it has in years past.
So, what's just so great about Learn 2 Earn ?...
I think pictures are worth more than words. Here's some of the features like an "Owl-vatar", owl shop, and profile page that had my fifth graders begging to use the iPads during our "Friday freetime" at intervention.
Why is this great for teachers?
As a teacher, I can post questions for students to answer. You can choose from Common Core Aligned questions by grade or write your own.
When students can respond they show up in my digital turn in tray. You can navigate through the responses one by one or see them all in your "news feed." I can score the responses online and provide feedback. Teachers can leave visible comments or leave comments just visible to the student who wrote the response. Students can also comment on each others' books to create a reading dialogue outside of class (WHAT?!). Think of this like a safe Facebook Page all about books!
pdf version and word version) for our students if you're interesting in starting your own Learn 2 Earn.org Whooos Reading Class Tree!
What gets your students motivated to read more?