Tony and Scott asked a few teachers, media specialists and other participants of March Book Madness 2017 to write a blog post documenting their MBM experience. Here is one of those blog posts...
What is the power of one voice? As I reflect in awe of the excitement that March Book Madness 2017 (MBM) brought to both my schools and media centers, I realize it all comes down to the power of each voice.
Any time we can provide opportunities for students to have and share a voice, it is powerful! I look for multiple opportunities throughout the year for students to simply “love on” books. Whether it's new arrivals, our Mock Caldecott, Buckeye Book Award, Global Read Aloud (Pioneered by Pernille Ripp ) or MBM, we have golden, precious moments to let books open the hearts and minds of those we teach and help readers find and share their voice!
This year the 16 contenders for each MBM category were amazing! We especially focused on the picture books. Using Scott and Tony's introduction video, sparked instant conversation and opinions. Through the collaborative efforts of Hilliard media specialists Phyllis Brown and Ashley Lambacher, Padlets were born as a launchpad for each book. Trailers were posted to advertise each book with a link to yet another (unsuspecting) Padlet for each book for students to share their voice. From there the beauty happened!
Does one voice have power? Yes, the power to communicate and share!
I took it to the students (with just a little nudge from EdTech coaches Lauren Davis and Kara Ripp) and simply asked, "How do you want to share your voice about your opinions of these awesome books?" Ideas sprang up from watching our tech mentors like:
"I want to do a self-video like @thelivbits"
“or a song like Emily Arrow !”
“How about a Chatterpix where the main character talks?”
“An iMovie trailer!”
“Can I record my voice in Vocaroo.com and post as a QR code?”
"Can I just type my opinion in Google Docs and post to the picture book Padlet or our Destiny Catalog for other readers to read?"
“Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes!” All that and any other way YOU can imagine sharing your voice!
Does one voice have power? Yes, the power to collaborate and create!
The thing is EVERY child has a voice and MBM is accessible to every student! The kindergarten students held a lively debate between Snappsy the Alligator and Wolfie the Bunny with the two sides facing one another, talking one at a time back and forth, connecting each opinion with "buuuuut...". Third graders read and watched others’ response on Padlet and wanted to talk face to face, so some Google Hangout times were held between schools. The fourth and fifth graders read aloud to our youngest and modeled how to talk about books: This book is ________ because....
Does one voice have power? Yes, the power to inspire, connect, agree and disagree.
Twitter provides me with a way to share a window into the world I live and love -two Elementary media centers. As the students found varied ways to share their voice, I stepped back and noticed with wonder, snapped photos and videos in abundance, and tried to capture in 140 characters "all the wow"- to show the world how much we simply loved these stories.
Does one voice have power? Yes, the power to celebrate!
The beauty in all of this sharing of our voice came in moments where the authors and illustrators took time to share their voice back as comments on Twitter or extended an invitation to Skype. The beauty came when students went to the MBM site to check their brackets and celebrate books that moved ahead (still vowing to love the ones who didn't). The beauty came when THE founders of MBM asked little old (50 this year- there- I put it out there!) me to be a guest blogger for MBM (What? Me?! What would I possibly have to share?!)
Does one voice have power? Yes, in every way!
The power to communicate, the power to share, the power to collaborate, the power to create, the power to celebrate, the power to inspire, the power to connect, the power to agree, or disagree. Yes, each of our voices have the power to change, grow hearts and minds.
Thank you, Scott and Tony for dreaming up MBM. Thank you for s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g me to share my voice beyond my 140 -Twitter-characters -comfort- zone in my first-ever public blog post.
How will YOU share the power of your voice?! (Did you know only 14 votes separated Gaston and Ivan the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla?) Our voices have the power to change the world, people! (Ooh! I sound a little Kid President!) Get Up, get Reading, get Sharing and Shine! The world is waiting!
Media Specialist Hoffman Trails and Norwich Elementary Schools