The Chicago Scholastic Reading Summit


I had the honor of presenting at the Scholastic Reading Summit yesterday in Chicago. It was fun sharing the story of Parma Elementary with my principal Ms. Haney.  My hope is that they found value in what we had to say.

This past school year my students were obsessed with YouTube. Many of them didn’t just watch YouTube videos, they also created them. Their passion towards creating content has made me want to spend the summer trying to figure out how I can better serve my students that live in this YouTube world. One thing that I have decided to try is creating more YouTube videos. I’ve  created a lot of videos in the past, but they are mostly just one take videos. It seemed like a good idea to try and make videos like the ones my students are watching. Filming myself playing Minecraft didn’t seem like a good idea, so I decided to try and tackle Vlogging. I’m not going to do it every day this summer, but I will do it when I’m doing a lot of school related activities. You can find my two vlogs from the reading summit below.


2 thoughts on “The Chicago Scholastic Reading Summit

  1. Colby, what camera/device are you using to shoot your vlogs? What editing software are you using?
    P.S. We met at The Center for Teaching Through Children’s Book’s Social Media Institute in
    chitown last year. We broke bread together at Junko’s house in Evanston. Going to my first Nerd Camp in July! Excited to be a part of it!!

    Going to listen to your podcast with my mentor, Dan Blank, tonight.


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