Literature Circles 2.0: Technology-Infused Book Clubs in the Digital Age (B335)

Explore and create Sold out!

[Explore and create : BYOD]

Tuesday, June 27, 4:15–5:15 pm

Lee Araoz  
Literature Circles epitomize student-centered, collaborative learning in ELA, and when infused with technology, the learning experience is transformed! Join in a discovery of web-based applications including AnswerGarden, Padlet, G Suite, Seesaw, Smore, Recap and TodaysMeet. Learn how these apps enhance the Literature Circle experience for students and teachers.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: While this session makes use of free, web-based applications, participants with IOS devices may want to download the following apps:


Additionally, a Google Apps For Education account, while not mandatory will allow participants to maximize their learning experience.

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: BYOD/1:1 instructional programs
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Administrators : Digital age learning culture
Students : Empowered learner

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will:

Learn how to infuse technology into Literature Circles using a variety of web-based applications including Padlet, G Suite, Recap, Seesaw, Smore, TodaysMeet and Quizizz.

Understand how to deploy, manage and assess the Literature Circle/Book Club experience in a 1:1 environment.

Learn how to extend student choice beyond book title selection into the technology tools they’ll use to create, collect and share Literature Circle discussion content.

Gain an understanding of the value of content creation in the K-12 classroom.

Engage in a tech-infused Literature Circle simulation with a choice of the apps introduced in this session.

Technology Intervention (Tools used):

AnswerGarden - a minimal tool for maximum feedback
Google Slides
Google Forms
Google Hangouts
Google Classroom
Padlet - digital corkboards
Recap - student video response and reflection app
Seesaw - student-driven digital portfolios
Smore - digital flyers
TodaysMeet - embrace the backchannel
Tricider - brainstorming and voting amazingly easy
Quizizz - multiplayer classroom games



A brief overview of Literature Circles using a collaboratively created student Google Slides presentation. (10 min)

Turn and talk to your colleague: How do you think technology can be infused in Lit. Circles? The answer will be recorded using the answergarden application. (5 min)

Demonstration of how each tech tool is integrated into the Literature Circle with student created content examples. (15 min)

Groups will engage in a Literature Circle simulation deciding which applications they’ll use to record and share their meeting discussion topics. The Tricider tool will be used for this. (15 min)

Quizlet Live Review Game: Literature Circles 2.0 - small groups of four will compete using the application. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team! (5 min)

Assessment: Individuals will take a Literature Circle 2.0 multiple choice digital quiz using the application. A prize will be awarded to the winning participant. (5 min)

Closure: An exit ticket survey created with a Google Form will be taken and the results will be displayed and discussed (5 min)

Supporting research

Daniels, Harvey. Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups. Portland, Me.: Stenhouse, 2002. Print.

MacKenzie, Trevor. Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice. Irvine, California: EdTechTeam, 2016. Print.

Peralta-Nash, Claudia, and Julie A. Dutch. "Literature Circles: Creating an Environment for Choice." Primary Voices K-6 8.4 (April 2000): 29-37.

Wagner, Tony, and Ted Dintersmith. Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era. NY, New York: Scribner, 2015. Print.



Lee Araoz, Lawrence Public Schools

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San Antonio

June 25-28, 2017

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