Modernizing Book Clubs: The Classroom Digital Reboot

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Nicole Rubin  
Explore how to innovate traditional literature circles with digital tools that expand learning. Roles such as "The Padlet Diction Detective" and "The Blogger" will engage students in cognitively complex tasks that will deepen understanding. Learn how students can use digital tools to connect learners and extend discussions and communication.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Special education
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology standards.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to modernize the traditional "book club" process through a transformational use of technology. Participants will use interactive technology including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Blogger to engage students in cognitively complex tasks. Participants will be introduced to content and materials that will increase engagement and promote metacognition in their students. As a former language arts teacher and reading specialist, engagement in the upper grades as well as with students who struggle has become increasing difficult in the advent of technology Through the modernization of book clubs and taking them "digital", students who are digital natives can be comfortable in their creative output using technology. This format of teaching book clubs can be done using any devices, and can be modified for implementation fro schools with limited technology. Participants will be shown surveyed engagement data and outcomes from students who actually participated in the unit.


Intro to "book-clubs: including suggested titles focused on cultural equity (5-7 minutes)
Discussion with peer to peer interaction about technology infrastructure necessary to facilitate process (5 minutes)
Planning and structure of digital book clubs (5 minutes)
Review of job descriptions and output formats using a "scavenger-hunt" format of a Hyperdoc(15 minutes)
Assessment and Grading Procedures (10 minutes)
Interactive Practice Contest using shared text to complete jobs previously described (15 minutes)

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Nicole Rubin, Prosper School District

Nicole Rubin is an Instructional Technology Specialist with over 14 years of experience in multiple classroom and district settings. Nicole is a certified Google Trainer and is Level 1 and 2 certified, allowing her to facilitate district level trainings regarding technology integration and implementation. Nicole has presented at conferences including an IGNITE session at ISTE 2018 multiple ISTE 2019 session as well as others and has spearheaded many district initiatives, including the charge to become a Google Reference District. Nicole has also presented with Google and EdTech Teacher on the topic of Digital Literacy and Google for Education products