Why involve your students in the Pearson Social Reading Program?
«The digital age is effectively reshaping the reading circuits in our brains… but there is hope: sustained, close reading is vital to redeveloping attention and maintaining critical thinking, empathy and myriad other skills in danger of extinction.»
Marianne Wolf, Reader Come Home. The Reading Brain in a Digital World
Harper Collins Publishers, 2018
Reading, for many students can be a solitary experience requiring concentration as well as quiet space. The Social Reading Experience allows teachers to share reading engagement strategies that build a life-long love of reading for all students.
How does the Pearson Social Reading project Work?
Students download the Pearson Social Reading App. Pearson publishes a shared text in a digital "reading room". Teachers invite their students to the reading room. The class interacts with an online text during a specific time frame and instantly the social augmented reading experience unfolds and begins to engage the students.
The students interact as they read, stimulated by the comments or twylls that appear at the side of the text: the comments increase the interactions between people and stimulate the sharing and exchange of suggestions, impressions, ideas pertinent to the subject of the activity or task.
Students begin reading and communicating in a very familiar environment about a set text or theme.
Listen to Maria Vittoria Alfieri presenting the latest Social Reading project by Pearson.
Where can students take part in social reading?
Social reading can be a great remote and digital-only learning experience, embracing Flipped Classroom practices, or it can also be carried out with a blended approach that includes face-to face moments of work and assessment inside the classroom (both formal and informal). Students can twyll in the classroom, at home, anytime and anywhere.
Benefits of social reading in the English Language Classroom
Social Reading creates a spontaneous interest in reading. It can enhance both reading and digital literacy whilst at the same time fostering reading and comprehension skills as well as soft skills such as critical thinking and decision making.
Students are required to read a text carefully and therefore engage in deep and personal reading compared to traditional "digital reading" that can be distractive. The students also not only become better readers but also attention is paid to writing and how they respond so writing skills are improved too.
The Pearson Social Reading Project creates an augmented extensive reading experience where students write and post comments in real time, which can include links to music, videos, images for example. Social reading can also be a fun learning experience where students are able to express themselves in a safe digital environment and by default it makes topics contemporary. The Pearson Social Reading Project involves a cross curricula approach embracing all school subjects as the key is reading and communication. It is a collaborative project and fosters inclusion as there are special reading tools for students with Special Educational Needs embedded in the App. Social Reading can also help students to concentrate and pay attention to responses and engage more mindfully with the text and the theme.
Didattica a Distanza Integrata and Digital Citizenship
The Pearson Social Reading Project helps students enhance their digital competencies and fluency and improve their digital literacy by learning how to use devices in an educational context, transacting, communicating and being responsible on line. By reading and responding to the twylls they learn to interpret information on line and communicate ideas contributing as an active participant in an online community where they can showcase their learning. If students are studying for a part of their course remotely they can easily take part in the project as the only tool required is a smart phone. This is a way of keeping the class community together and involving students in a project that can take place both face to face and remotely.
What do the students say? Reading the students interviews taking part in the Pearson Social Reading Orizzonti Sostenibili Project.
Coming soon! The Pearson Social Reading Project for English Language Teaching
Coming soon for 2021! A new innovative project for Scuola secondaria di secondo grado students in English. The project will allow students to develop their English Language competence, their reading and writing skills and their digital literacy at the same time. The Project builds into a national reading community, drawing students in to discover with the peers what pleasure there is to be gained from reading
and take part in a national reading community and discover with other students the joy of reading.
If you would like to take part with your class follow the Pearson Social Reading Facebook page or contact your local Pearson Agent or Pearson Educational Consultant.
More information about the English Language Teaching Project for Pearson Social Reading will be available shortly.
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