"I asked my brother about the website he was on last night....I wanted to do it too. Thank you for teaching me about it today, Mrs. Miller. Now we can do it together."
"Shannon, the kids have been on BiblioNasium tonight. What a great website for them to keep track of what they are reading. Can I sign up as a parent too?"
Since we started using BiblioNasium a few weeks ago, I have heard all of these things and more. Our students, teachers and even the parents are enjoying it and finding unique ways to integrate it into their world of reading.
Last Thursday, the 3rd graders were using BiblioNasium and one boy asked me to come see what he was doing.
mackinVIA and he reads them at home often too. He has been reading the new set of eBooks about states which I placed into a special "Our State eBooks" Group within Van Meter's mackinVIA. (These are the Our Amazing States eBook series from Rosen Publishing).
What an AMAZING idea! Donovan had developed a way for our eBooks to be connected within BiblioNasium!
Tonight, Hagan also earned two badges for reading which made him VERY excited! He wanted to know how to get more. I showed him the "Reading Log" and "Challenges" pages. This was two ways he could earn badges.
I am really excited about this connection between the eBooks and BiblioNasium! This will be a place that our students can write reviews, log their reading, recommend eBooks to one another, and set up Challenges like the one Hagan did....That is something that I am going to do for each grade level. Since I am the one who set up all of the students accounts, I can set up a special "mackinVIA eBook Challenge" for each grade level and it push it out to each student. The eBooks could change throughout the year and there could be different eBook Challenges too.
Wouldn't this be a great place for the students to connect and read over Thanksgiving, Christmas and summer break....I am definitely going to set up Challenges within BiblioNasium and mackinVIA for these!
I encourage everyone to check out BiblioNasium. I cannot wait to hear the ways that you and your students are using it too!