In August of 2013, Manchester Community Schools provided iPads for every student in grades 5-12. I worked on every facet of that process, and I will admit, I had some reservations about how it would impact reading--would our students not pick up books because they had this new device? A day didn’t go by during that process that someone didn’t say to me, “I bet your circulation numbers go down.” Or, “Kids won’t be reading at all now that they have a device in their hands.” And while I stayed vocally positive, my insecurities were there. What if they were right? What if this was the beginning of the end? I had built a community of readers that I was proud of, and I didn’t want to lose it.
It was an issue I struggled with because, ultimately, I love technology in education. I feel that it is the future. I love how it connects people, and I fully supported the move to give all students technology to help them learn and create. Yet, I knew we needed to be proactive in our promotion of reading.
After starting a corporation reading initiative, our circulation actually increased during that first year of being one to one with iPads. We introduced ebooks to our students, and we gained reading momentum. We meshed our technology and our reading, and we found success. In August of 2015, my Readitglobal co-founder, Bethany Hall, and I knew we needed to raise the bar for our students. We needed something new and exciting for them, and we wanted something that would blend the worlds of reading and technology.
Readitglobal does just that. Authors share letters to their readers about why they write/read the genre that they do. Readers choose books from that genre, and then connect using social media. The #readitglobal can be used on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Readers can follow @readitglobal on Twitter and Instagram, or the Readitglobal page on Facebook. Readers can comment for themselves about what they are reading, or they can comment for their students or children about the books that they are reading together. It allows all readers--authors, teachers, parents, students, professionals, etc. to connect.
Each month (October through March), check back for a new author, a new letter, and a new genre. Each week look on social media or visit the website for a new blog post, including posts from guest bloggers who will share how they use #readitglobal in their personal or professional lives. We hope you will join us for a new season of #readitglobal. Social media is one of the most powerful tools of our time, why not use it to promote something as timeless as reading?
October 1, 2016