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Greater Essex County District School Board
Building Tomorrow Together Every Learner, Every Day
PE PS Students Think Globally
Prince Edward Public School
949 Giles Blvd. East Windsor
    Wednesday, Nov. 5,2013 
     Teresa  Iandolo,Principal
       Jennifer Minovski, Key Communicator
Sharing the Love of Literacy Across the Globe
- Prince Edward Students Connect Globally With Other Students -
Nathan Agostino sits at his desk, iPad in hand, waiting with anticipation.  “This is so awesome!  I wonder what others will think of my thoughts on the last chapters,” he says.
Agostino, a Grade 5 student at Prince Edward Public School is one of 30 students in his class participating in the Global Read Aloud Project, promoting the love of reading while connecting globally with other students.
Initiated in 2010 by Pernille Ripp, a 5th Grade teacher from Wisconsin, the Global Read Aloud Project provides an opportunity for students to read chapters from a book with their own teacher and then share their thoughts and questions with other students around the world.  The books are selected according to the students’ grade level.  Each one is studied for approximately 6 weeks and participating classrooms follow a schedule of sections to complete. 
Students then use various forms of technology to connect with other classes.  They may choose to blog, tweet, Skype or E-mail questions or comments about the chapter or section of the book they have just read.  Teachers decide how much time they would like to dedicate and how many global connections they make.  Nathan’s class at Prince Edward is using Edmodo to blog with students from different countries including Montenegro, in Southeastern Europe.
“This is a wonderful opportunity. The students gain an understanding of not only the book they have just read but how students may have different perspectives based on their global location,” says Matthew Burkhart a Grade 4/5 teacher at Prince Edward.  “The accountability of knowing that other students from different classes will see their work certainly motivates and interests the students.”
Burkhart is certainly right that this program has the interest of his students. “It’s one of my favourite parts of the day.  I can’t wait to read the next chapters,” says Agostino.  “I love that we are allowed to connect with other kids just like me in other countries.”
For more information contact Key Communicator Jennifer Minovski @ 519-253-1119.