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Snap2A: Learn How To Flex Your Students’ Reading Muscles This Year!

Location: W176bc, Table 1

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Listen and learn : Snapshot

Monday, June 25, 4:30–5:30 pm
Location: W176bc, Table 1

Jennifer Lewis   Shannon Miller  
Learn how your students can use technology to flex their reading muscles! We'll share technology resources that empower students as readers and allow opportunities for collaboration. We'll also discuss how use of these tools supports the ISTE Student Standards and Future Ready Libraries framework.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

What does reading look like in Future Ready Schools and Libraries?

Reading was once considered a quiet, remote activity. However, 21st century learners are social readers who utilize technology to construct knowledge and collaborate while reading. In this session, we will demonstrate how our students leverage technology to enhance their reading lives and flex their reading muscles. We will also discuss how our students use technology to collaborate with others both within the classroom and outside the school based on their reading.

Technology tools such as Follett’s Destiny Discover and Biblionasium help our students select books to read. In addition, online book trailers and songs expose students to new books. We also encourage our students to read a variety of texts for pleasure and for information, including online databases and eBooks. These resources all contribute to developing a culture of reading in the schools where they are utilized.

Our students must have opportunities to collaborate both locally and globally in order to broaden their perspectives. We will share tools (for example, booksnaps and shelfies) that our students use to share their reading lives with others. We will also demonstrate ways in which our students connect with others beyond our own schools to discuss books.

This session will also discuss how these technology resources support the Future Ready Libraries framework.

The purpose of this session is to demonstrate how to use technology and collaboration as tools to enhance students’ reading habits.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

Implement use of technology tools that encourage reading.

Utilize technology to boost collaboration among readers within the classroom and outside the school.

Relate reading-related technology tools to ISTE Standards for Students and the Future Ready Libraries framework.


The presenters will share stories of building reading cultures in their schools and how this effort was strengthened through the use of technology. (10 minutes)

Then they will discuss how this effort supports both the ISTE Standards for students and the Future Ready Libraries framework. (10 minutes)

The presenters will share specific technology resources that encourage reading and collaboration among readers. (30 minutes)

We will close with a question and answer session. Participants will leave the session with tools, skills, and confidence needed to implement use of technology resources to support students’ reading habits. (10 minutes)

Supporting research

Building a Community of Readers with Destiny and Biblionasium

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Jennifer Lewis, Indian Knoll Elementary School
Shannon Miller, Van Meter Community School

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