Monday, April 13, 2015

Building Community and Inspiring Young Readers

By Linda Ashida

How can you use technology to improve the writing skills of your students AND build community AND inspire young readers and writers?

Just ask Dean Burrier-Sanchis and the students in his Spanish for Heritage Speakers class!

Dean's students wrote and illustrated original children's stories and today they visited Salt Creek Elementary School today to read their stories to students in the dual-language program. Many of the students used iPads to create their work.

Check out the video and photos below to get an idea of how much the high school students enjoyed sharing their work, and how they inspired the young bilingual readers and writers!

To continue sharing and building a learning network, Dean's students will also be setting up academic Twitter accounts.  In the near future you will be able to see more of their work by searching the hashtag #EPHEG.

Have you used technology or social media to engage your students and share with authentic audiences?  We'd love to hear from you!

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