I didn't want the book to end. I just have to be honest but if good books have to end then this ended the way I wanted it to. "But in this digital age, we both believe that we must keep our eye on the literacy assessment practices we have trusted for years."
Franki along with other mentors have had me conducting reading interviews with students for twenty years. However, I was nudge here and wrote revamp next to Franki's new list of questions. I completely agree if we want to foster digital readers we need to find out where they are to see changes during the school year.
I enjoyed the very encouraging pep talk on the bottom of p92. Digital tools are not meant to throw out things we've done previously. They are meant to be an addition for creating and fostering successful communicators. I feel comfortable with the suggested list of tools for assessing reading. I just need to now think with intention when and why we will use them in our classroom community. I am pondering if second graders can annotate on digital devices, has anyone tried this with primary children? I'd love some tips.
I want to quote Franki and Bill at my curriculum night, "I realize it was the conversations around these projects - not the projects themselves that truly mattered most." I think it's important to not only share the projects when they are completed but share the journey, which in turn may foster more conversations or an extended conversation. I do understand sometimes it's hard for students to share all they have done during their day when they are tired after school but we are doing some meaningful work hopefully out side of recess and lunch.
I have been using a website for quite some time for communicating with families and have always received positive feedback but I never considered this as an act for engaging parents themselves as digital readers. I think this could be another talking point at curriculum night. Who is a digital reader? Who has checked out our class website? Then if you have, you are a digital reader. This scenario might be a good lead in to guiding parents through the various tools we will use this year at our curriculum night and help them log in if necessary or have some intentional guidance for following through at home. I'm familiar with some of the other digital communication tools and will be spending some time over the next few weeks in deciding exactly what I will use this next year.