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

Location: Room 006AB

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Registration code: B335

[Explore and create : BYOD]

Tuesday, June 27, 4:15–5:15 pm
Location: Room 006AB

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:

Google Classroom (class code: sfq17t)

**Do not use your G Suite for Education Google account to join the Google Classroom class. It will not allow users to join classes outside your district domain. Use your personal Google account like the one you use for Gmail.**

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
Related exhibitors: Flipgrid , Google, Inc. , Seesaw , Quizizz Inc.

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, Flipgrid, 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 Classroom
Flipgrid - student video response and reflection app
Padlet - digital corkboards
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. Participants select the tool they will use for this. (15 min)

Flipgrid Reflection: Literature Circles 2.0 create a Flipgrid video reflecting on your experience with Literature Circles answering the following questions:
What do you like about Literature Circles?
Has your group worked well together? Why or why not? Explain your answer. (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

Lee Araoz is currently the District Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Lawrence Public Schools, in Nassau County, New York where he provides job-embedded professional development on a daily basis as an instructional coach, teacher trainer, and assistive technology consultant. Mr. Araoz is a Google Certified Educator who has presented extensively in school districts, college campuses and at educational conferences around the country. His dynamic presentations highlight the various ways teachers can integrate technology to facilitate and enhance student-directed, passion-based learning experiences in K-12 classrooms. Lee continues to expand his PLN in the belief that a connected educator is a better educator.

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