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Goodreads is a Good Read

April 11, 2013

PHS English students are expanding their personal learning networks using social media tools including Google+, GoodReads, The New York Times Student Opinion Page, and KQED Do Now.

Google+ allows students and teachers to collaborate online in a variety of ways.  They can communicate with teachers and classmates through discussion posts or video discussions called “hangouts.”  They can use the same tools to reach out to students, teachers, and experts worldwide or in the classroom next door.  Here is an example of one of the many ways Google+ is used in English:

Goodreads post

Students use Goodreads to develop and maintain a lifelong love of reading. Imagine it as a large library that teens can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. They can also post their own reviews and catalog what they have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. They also participate in discussion groups, can contact authors, and even post their own writing. Senior Amber Redinger said, “I like the GoodReads, because then you can get other points of the book from other people to have a better look on the book before you check it out. Or if a book sounds interesting from someone else point of view, it might make you want to read it.”  View an example from GoodReads:

Goodreads post in MBC

Finally, students read informational texts such as The New York Times and respond to posts about current events.  This allows them to engage in conversations with teens from Boston to San Francisco about issues that matter to them.  As a result, some students have been published on the Times page, including our own Cristal Monsilbais. Senior Ramon Luna said, “It’s awesome to read other people’s opinions and points of view on different subjects.”


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