Videoconferencing and Social Media Boost Reading

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Collaboration tools allow students to interact with their favorite authors.

Story by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

Thanks to technology, reading just got a little bit more interactive. Teachers like Stacey Riedmiller, a fourth-grade English teacher from Ohio, are making use of social media to reach out to the authors of students’ favorite books, reports Education Week.

Some teachers use social networking platforms like Twitter to begin conversations with popular authors, and others make use of videoconferencing and even Google Docs to give students a better understanding of what it takes to be an author.

“It’s kind of changing the way we bring literacy to kids,” Riedmiller says in the article.

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