For #WRAD14, A Hangout with Matthew Winner & A Student Who Didn't Learn to Read Until She Was 10

We had two Firsts for our Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA last night -- an East Coast guest (who rocks the library world), and a student (who didn't learn to read until she was 10).

Matthew Winner, aka The Busy Librarian, agreed to hang out with us, midnight Maryland time. We were thrilled! Matthew's enthusiasm for the idea of reading aloud to children and for World Read Aloud Day on March 5 is infectious.

Rosie Sutherland, a King Kekaulike High School Junior, joined us too. Rosie describes a childhood full of read-alouds. She didn't learn to read until she was ten. Rosie's favorite childhood book? Bottersnakes and Gumbles, written by S. A. Wakefiled and illustrated by Desmond Digby.

See for yourself how Matthew and Rosie inspired us to join the World Read Aloud Day celebration, March 5, and to spread the good word throughout the year about reading aloud.

Be sure to check out the hangout's Show Notes for celebration ideas mentioned and additional resources.

On behalf of fellow Google Rocks! Hawaii panelists +Michael Fricano II+Jody Brown, and +Michelle Carlson Colte

A big MAHALO to Matthew and Rosie for making a difference for children!


Also posted on SEABURY READS.

12 Ways to Join the Twitter Party to Celebrate Digital Learning Day 2014

Digital Learning Day raises awareness about the ways digital learning supports educators.

Here are 10 ways you can celebrate, on Twitter!

1. Follow the official Digital Learning Day account @OfficialDLDay

2. Use the hashtag #DLDay to share your thoughts and activities, and

3. Use #DLDayLive to share your photos and video.

4. Join the Digital Citizenship #digcit chat at 7PM EST (2PM HST)  This did not happen.

5. Check out the hashtag #make4dlday to see what innovative educators who took the #Make4DLDAY challenge are sharing.

6. Change your Twitter profile for the day to show your support.

7. Join the Parent-Teacher Chat #ptchat at 9 pm. EST

8. Join the National Association of Elementary Principals @NAESP's tweet chat on digital safety and citizenship using the hashtag #digisafety. 8-9PM EST (3PM HST)

9. Join the New Tech Network's Flashmob on Twitter at 2PM EST (9AM HST)

10. Check out ISTE's Special Interest Group Mobile Learning (@SIGML) Showcase Webinar (7:30PM EST) followed by the App Smackdown tweet chat at 8PM EST, using the hashtag #DLDay.

11. Check out these Twitter chats to celebrate #DLDay, that have already occurred: 
12. I'll add more Twitter celebrations here, as I find them.



Hangout on Air 18-and-above Age Restriction No Longer In Effect

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Googler +chee chew is the hero of my day/week/month/etc. for letting me know via the Hangout Help G+ community that one need not be 18 to participate in a Hangout on Air! (One must be at least 13, of course, which is the Google+ minimum age.)

This is fantastic news for our TEDxYouthSH student organizers, who want to record their planning hangouts for team members who cannot attend.

Thanks, Google!