ing poetry, so the students prepare
poems in different formats and teach
the formats to their partner class. Or
students may perform their own poetry, rap, or skit. Some classes create
game shows to quiz the partner class
on a specific Dr. Seuss book. Some
classes send packets of objects from
their community (postcards, pictures,
leaves) to their partner class.
In addition, some schools use Read
Around the Planet as a whole-school
celebration of reading. Each class
participates, and the project assigns
a different partner to every class. A
map on a bulletin board shows all
the places the classes are connecting
to. Teachers share tips and ideas with
each other, and use staff meetings to
The world language classes share
their presentations in the target lan-
guage and use the exercise to practice
their language skills. Spanish was the
most popular in 2011 with 109 classes,
followed by 33 French classes, 32 Eng-
lish language learners classes, and 16
special education classes.
read around the planet takes away the challenge of finding partner classes by offering a “dating service”
to match classes for a celebration of reading, mostly in elementary schools, but with some secondary
english and world language classes participating.
Evidence of Success
In 2002, 200 classes across the United
States participated; the project has
since grown to more than 1,950 class-
es in five countries, four Canadian
provinces, and 33 U.S. states. Due to
its size, the event now runs annually
during the last week in February and
the first week in March.
— Janine Lim is associate dean in the School of
Distance Education at Andrews University in
Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA. She is a co-founder of Two Way Interactive Connections in
Education, and she blogs about videoconferencing and distance learning at blog.janinelim.com.
Save the Planet by Printing Less!
Problem: ever see a student press print to get one small article on a webage?
Sometimes they take the top page as the printer spews dozens of sheets out, spilling
over the machine and onto the floor. it is a huge waste of resources—both natural ones,
such as paper, and the monetary ones for the school, such as ink, toner, and paper
Here’s a solution: print What You like ( www.printwhatyoulike.com) is a free web tool
that lets you select text and images that you wish to print while excising the rest of the
webpage that you don’t want. it is incredibly easy to use. all you have to do is go to the
website and paste the Url of the webpage that has the content you wish to print. a menu
of editing options will appear on the left side of the screen, and the site you want appears
on the right. You can now select what to keep and what to get rid of. The best part about
this is that you can remove all photos, change the font size, and type (great for students
who need larger print or struggle with reading). You can even resize images to be larger or
smaller. once you have selected what you want, you can print just that content and feel
a little better about yourself. This is a great site to share with students as well as fellow
faculty to make a small impact on the environment and your school’s budget.
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Adam Bellow is ISTE’s Young Educator of the Year and the founder of edu Techer.net. He is the director of educational technology for the College Board Schools. Explore more web tools and tips at www.edu Techer.net.