Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Become a Sponsor for the Global Read Aloud #GRA14

What is the Global Read Aloud?
The GRA is a global literacy initiative that started in 2010.  The premise is simple; facilitators read a pre-selected book aloud to their students during a set 6 week period in early October every year and then use whatever technology they have at hand to connect their students with other students.

Why are sponsors needed?
The project is growing so large that the website is no longer functional as a way to engage/inform all members.  A better website is therefore needed, as well as trademarking of the name and logo.  Also, the work put into the project is extensive so funding to cover an hourly rate to do that work is needed.  

Who is involved?
Students from Kindergarten through College from more than 60 different countries, on 6 different continents are currently participating between October 6th and November 14th. This is a yearly event.

How many are involved?
The first year, 2010, 600 students connected.  This year more than 308,000 students are connecting as we speak.

What does it cost?
Nothing, this project has always been free for any participant to be a part of and I do not make any money from doing it.

What tools are used?
Any technology that facilitators have access to can be used.  The more popular ways of connecting are Kidblog, Skype, Google Hangouts, Twitter, Tackk, Padlet, Wikispaces, as well as Edmodo.

What do sponsors get?
They will be linked with this international project through the website, as well as any presentations, both live and online when suited.  The participants involved are very passionate and share the GRA with others around the world, writing grants, presenting, as well as doing spin-off projects highlighting the tools they have used, thus further ties are established between the sponsors and the project.  Sponsors can also be promoted as tools to use during the project.  Publishers can benefit if their books are selected as the official selection of the year.  

What does the project need?
Funding to cover trademark, web-site creation, plus coverage of hourly rate for work to further expand and run the project.  Currently I spend about 20 hours a week running the project.

Where do I get further information?
To read more about the project, please visit our FAQ here.
To see what participants are doing around the world tune into Twitter using the hashtag #GRA14 or visit the Wikispaces here.
Please contact me, Pernille Ripp, if this opportunity is something you would like to further discuss.   I can be contacted via email p@globalreadaloud.com  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ask Peter H. Reynolds Week 2 #GRA14

It is time to start submitting your questions for Peter for the second week, hopefully he can squeeze them in.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Add Your Location to the Map (And Your Activities!) #GRA14

I apologize for the lateness of this this year, but the map is finally ready.  I even tried to post an earlier map and that failed, so please add your location or link to your classroom on our official Google Map for the year.

To add yourself to the map, click the link and then add your address in the bar and click return, it should then come up with the marker - click on that marker and say save to map.  

Link to map:  Click here


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ask Peter H. Reynolds #GRA14

Peter has said that if he can find the time, he will answer one or two questions each week from the participants in the Global Read Aloud 2014, so submit your question here!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Connections Wanted Form #GRA14

While you can post to Our Edmodo Groups in order to find a connection, you can also fill out this form.  The results of the form for you to browse to find a connection, can be viewed here 


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