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Photo via websuccessdiva Flickr Just about a month ago, I proposed the idea of a blogging alliance between educational bloggers.  The response has been incredible.  To date there are 73 educators involved from around the world.  In this month of reading and commenting I have learned a great deal from these amazing men and women, I have built new friendships, and started new conversations.  It has truly been an incredible experience to have educators, passionate about learning, coming together to support each other.  If you are looking for some excellent educational blogs, may I recommend those in our alliance?  By clicking this link, you will be offered the opportunity to subscribe to the “bundle” of blogs in Google Reader.  All of the work has been done, all you have to do is subscribe!  Join us in this journey of learning, exploring, and sharing. The blogs range in topics and focus from k-12 and higher ed.  Even though I teach in the elementary school, I have found the blogs geared toward middle, high school and higher ed to be fantastic. I learn something new every day. A few of the blogs are in Spanish or Portuguese, don’t let this stop you from reading them.  Google Reader makes it simple to translate a blog to your language with the click of a button.  As you are reading the blog, simply click on the “Feed Settings” button above the post and choose “translate to my language”.  That is it!  Even if you view the original blog to add a comment, Google Translate keeps the blog translated for you. How cool is that?!  There really are no boundaries to learning any more.

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Posted by admin | Posted in Interactive book, Interactive Whiteboard, Language Arts, Primary Elementary, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Web2.0, Websites | Posted on 11-06-2008

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What it is: Lookybook is amazing me today. This site, still in Beta version, is a place where kids can go to read and view picture book in their entirety. These are quality picture books such as “Alphabeasts” by Wallace Edwards and Franklin books by Paulette Bougeois. After a book has been read, it can be reviewed, rated, shared and put on a virtual bookshelf (Shelfari style), you can also purchase the book directly from this site. The site is simple to use and navigate and registration is completely free. I am so impressed, before I could write this post I spammed all of my teacher friends with this website! :) Seriously, you should go take a look right now and then come back and finish reading my post..it’s okay, I won’t hold it against you!

How to integrate Lookybook into the classroom: I can think of about a million applications of a site like Lookybook in the classroom. It is truly like having a virtual library of picture books right in your classroom, but best of all, your students have the same library when they go home!! Lookybook can become part of your classroom library of books, books can be read by the whole class using a projector (no more “I can’t see the pictures!”). The ability to review and rate the book right within Lookybook is wonderful because students learn to share their reactions to a book and discuss with others. Invite students to create their own virtual bookshelves where they can share their very favorite picture books. This is a great site for struggling readers to visit at home with a parent. The possibilities of this site are exciting and I can’t wait to see how the kids end up using it! An added bonus? You bet! Lookybook allows you to embed picture books right into your own blog or webpage. You read right, you can add full versions of the picture books right to your class webpage! I ask you, does it get any better than this?!

Tips: This would be a great site to use with Book Adventure, all of the books I have searched have had quizzes on the reading motivation website.

Leave a comment and share how you are being amazed by and using Lookybook.

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