LaGrange, Ga., February 22, 2017 – Earlier this month, middle school students from Gardner Newman took a spin on reading aloud. During World Read Aloud Day, they grabbed Chromebook computers, logged into Google Hangouts, and linked to Mrs. Freeman’s third grade readers at West Point Elementary. Over video chat, the elementary students were able to see and hear the story of The Book That Eats People as it was read by the older students.
The idea to host a virtual session was implemented by Gardner Newman’s Media Specialist, Michelle Taylor. She attended a West Georgia RESA professional development conference that shared ideas on incorporating technology into reading. In Troup County, increasing literacy among students and incorporating the use of technology is important in engaging learners. World Read Aloud Day is celebrated each year as a way to motivate children, teens and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and to create a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people.