I just found out today about a cool online tool that I can't wait to share with you. Have you heard about BiblioNasium? Here is the video overview.
What do you think?
I've already sent an email to the folks at BiblioNasium, asking if they could create a special librarian account, "to rule them all," I mean, to have visibility over multiple classrooms.
Right now, this is set up so that each teacher can have a class of up to 27 students.
The cool features that I love are:
- the electronic reading log, with book covers for graphic interest
-the capability for parents to give their kids reading challenges
-student visibility of teachers' reading list (which might help us as we encourage our faculty to read current children's literature)
-I have mixed feelings about the lexile levels, but I think that teachers will really like that, and it could be a useful tool
-an introduction to social media for our students, by sharing their bookshelves with friends, teachers, and parents
-students could win gift cards for iTunes, Game Stop or Amazon by logging their reading minutes for five days in a week (powerful incentives!)
-it's free, but I didn't see any ads
-it looks like they are working hard to keep it safe for our students
This site was launched on May 30. It's a baby!
Check it out. Let me know what you think. Link to the video in your camp scrapbook, so that you remember to tell your teachers about it!