For this week’s topic, I selected to explore We Give Books. I have never heard of this website, and it was interesting to see that students could read ebooks for free. I signed up for an account and read many of the Llama Llama and Jan Brett books. In the site, there are many books that I use for lessons throughout the year.
I forwarded this link to my teachers at school, and a few have come to see me about the site. One teacher has started to use it in her class for independent reading time.
I reviewed the teacher resources page, and decided to use one of the lessons about the introduction of non-fiction to students in Kindergarten. We are about to finish a unit in that grade, so I hope to utilize it soon. I still need to read more of the ebooks to see which would work best for my students.
Also, now that my school has an iPad cart, one of my goals is to introduce more ebooks next year. I want to download the Overdrive app and place the We Give Books link on the iPad for students. I plan to spend a few classes at the start of the year going over the available ebooks options on free sites, the Overdrive app and the school’s databases.
This week’s post also had me thinking about ordering more ebooks through my vendors. I have thought about purchasing a few Kindles to download some popular ebooks for students to check out. Maybe initiating a BYOD policy for certain grade levels to download the reading apps so they can access the ebooks my school has available. I have not been too active in the ebook department the past two years, as we have been weeding and analyzing circulation data from the print collection. All of this should be done by the end of 2015.
Finally, I have a Shelfari widget on the library’s website, but I would like to encourage students to write book reviews on its account. I think I might try this with a grade level before the end of the year. Definitely next year.