Week 1: The students at Wekiva Elementary and Midway Elementary communicated online while they read the book. We used an online tool called Edmodo which enables the students to join a group and provides a safe, walled garden in which to communicate with other students and teachers. Teachers posted questions and Mr. Capelle created badges that could be awarded to students as they answered questions posted.
We began our posts by describing our favorite game without giving away the name of the game. Other students then replied to the posts guessing the name of the game. This was a fun way of learning how to post, read posts and replies and learn how to reply to others. We remembered our digital citizenship lesson and pledge as we responded in a clear and respectful manner.
One teacher from each school will post questions for their students on a weekly basis. Students will post their answers and once again students will be required to respond to at least one other student's post, ask clarifying questions and learn how to have an online conversation.