Digital Citizenship Meets The OJCS Reading Challenge!
This year the OJCS Reading Challenge is designed to make reading fun, encourage our students to reach for new reading goals, and to teach digital citizenship while connecting globally.
We will be getting students to participate in the class creation of tweets, instagram posts, youtube videos or tik tok videos (whatever social media formats the teacher prefers, the accounts are owned and regulated by the teacher and are professional (not personal) accounts). These posts will share their class reading goals and accomplishments in fun and creative ways. The class will then check those posts regularly for likes and words of encouragement from around the globe. They may even be able to connect with other schools participating in their own reading challenge. Students will also use their blogs as a place to post book reviews and to blog about their personal reading goals. They can even embed or link the class social media posts directly to their blogs!
Class goals could include a certain number of books read by the class each week or each month, a certain number of books of a specific genre or a variety of genres read, etc… These goals are determined by the teacher or decided as a class and can change week to week or month to month.
Students love being online, so this is a way for them to practice their digital citizenship with post creation (spelling, hashtags, using photos and videos in posts) and take pride in their reading accomplishments, as well as get global props and encouragement.
The end-of-year prize is a classroom movie party for each class that participated regularly. The library will provide popcorn and candy for each class.