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17 Ways to Make Reading Engaging With GAFE

17 Ways to Make Reading Engaging With GAFE

By Jessica Sanders 

The state of reading is not looking good in the U.S. In fact, 66 percent of 8th graders tested below proficiency in 2015 and the United States ranked 24th out of the 65 countries in the Program for International Student Assessment.

Luckily, Google makes your life as a teacher easier every single day, and it can make reading more fun for students as well. Using integrated 3rd party apps along with native tools like Google Sheets and Google Classroom, students will be excited to read more, talk about they’re favorite books, and work on collaborative, reading-based assignments. 

More: 6 Top-Rated Google Apps for Education 

Google Sheets

1. Track reading (and include rewards—see Google Calendar idea below).

2. Start a book recommendation library for students to access at any time. Include spots for book title, author name and whether students can find it—in the school or classroom library.

Google Slides

3. Allow students to recreate their favorite book scene with a Google Slides “digital book”—they can add videos, images, text and more.

4. Have students create a persuasive slide show to convince their peers to read their favorite book. Have students vote with Google Forms to encourage friendly competition.

Google Classroom

5. Connect your Google Classroom with Newsela to share articles directly with students.

6. Share your reading-related NearPod lessons with students through Google Classroom, making it easier to access for students.

Google Hangouts

7. Bring authors “into” the classroom with Hangouts.

8. Be the host of a live book debate by connecting with another classroom.

More: How to Use Mystery Skype as a Classroom Tool

Google Calendar

9. Add reading rewards to a class-wide calendar. Include reminders to motivate students to read more and reach a new prize level.

10. Add all reading assignments in advance so speedy-readers can see how far ahead they are.

Google Sites

11. Start a classroom book club website with Google Sites. Have a different student each week be the “guest author” and write a blog post.

12. Have students create the blog they think their favorite book character would create.

Google Play Books

13. Give students access to mobile reading materials with Google Play Books

More: 15 Expert Google Drive Tips for Teachers

3rd Party Apps

14. Use Haiku Learning to embed movie-versions of book scenes from YouTube and ask students to compare the differences between what they read and what they watched.

15. Host an interactive book discussion with Pear Deck. Share with students directly from your Drive afterward.

16. Have students to re-create their favorite scene from the assigned reading in Pixton—encourage them to share with their peers as well.

17. Put students in groups and have them create a mind map on a certain theme, plot point or character with Collabrify Map.

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