Monday, July 14, 2014

Harry Potter is back ? Digital reading in the classroom






Ok ! It's Summer holiday for the most number of schools, I know ! Students are on holiday and teachers are finishing this school year and preparing the next school year.

For some days, in July and August, 
I will continue to share with educationalists resources, ideas or suggestions for the next school year.

Today I will write about Harry Potter's new short story. Harry Porter saga has an important role in reading at school.

The seven-book Harry Potter series, which recounts the early life of a downtrodden boy who finds out he's a wizard, has sold more than 400 million.

Harry Potter is always important. Look what it happened when J.K. Rowling shared her latest Pottermore.com story exclusively on Pottermore last week. Potter fans were so excited that th site crashed for hours. 

The saga recreated youth literature. Students loved so much the novels in the 90th's that teachers quickly understood that it was the best option to introduce Harry Potter books in the curriculum and could motivate a new generation of young readers in Languages curriculum.

The last time I wrote about Harry Potter saga was in June 2011 Reading Harry Potter on web 2.0 and July 2011 Reading Harry Potter : what now? my usual readers remember it.

We all were convinced after seven years that the story was finished. J.K. Rowling created Pottermore to keep the Pottermania alive. Time to time some news were published but nothing so important.

Meanwhile Rowling announced she was writing the screenplays for a series of films based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), 
her 2001 book set in the Harry Potter universe. 



Harry Potter saga (books)

In March, we learned the series would be a trilogy - void of prequels or sequels - initially set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter's saga starts.


Suddenly, last week, Rowling published a new short story with updates on the lives of the main characters of the past seven books on her fan site Pottermore.com. Harry Potter fans are so excited! What a pleasant surprise!



10 facts you should know before Brazil v Bulgaria 
#QuidditchWorldCup final 

"Potter scribe J.K. Rowling made millions of wishes come true on Tuesday morning July 8 when she penned a new short Harry Potter tale and posted it on the Pottermore website



Pottermore notification

Written in the voice of the fictional Daily Prophet's gossip correspondent Rita Skeeter, this post centers around the reunion of Harry Potter and his friends at the Quidditch World Cup Finals. Yes, inspired on World Cup.
Inspired on World CupSkeeter, who is supposed to be reporting on the Quidditch finals, devotes her article to the arrival of Dumbledore's Army's original six members (along with countless other DA members) arriving at the tournament. Among them is a 34-year-old Harry Potter who has "a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror's hair."


Harry Potter family

The 1,500-word tale is written in the style of a newspaper columnThe article reports that Harry took his sons James and Albus to visit the world cup compound "where he introduced them to Bulgarian seeker Victor Krum" and their mother, Ginny who is reporting on the matches.
Quidditch is the fictional game played on broomsticks that features in Rowling's Harry Potter novels.


The Quidditch World Cup Final | Pottermore
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Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final

By the Daily Prophet’s Gossip Correspondent, Rita Skeeter

"There are celebrities – and then there are celebrities. We’ve seen many a famous face from the wizarding world grace the stands here in the Patagonian Desert – Ministers and Presidents, Celestina Warbeck, controversial American wizarding band The Bent-Winged Snitches – all have caused flurries of excitement, with crowd members scrambling for autographs and even casting Bridging Charms to reach the VIP boxes over the heads of the crowd.
(...)

The Potter family and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army have been given accommodation in the VIP section of the campsite, which is protected by heavy charms and patrolled by Security Warlocks. Their presence has ensured large crowds along the cordoned area, all hoping for a glimpse of their heroes. At 3pm today they got their wish when, to the accompaniment of loud screams, Potter took his young sons James and Albus to visit the players’ compound, where he introduced them to Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum.

Read the short novel on Today Books website
The fictional new story is set at the Quidditch World Cup, but more importantly, it hints at more Harry Potter stories (and scandals) to come.



Indeed ! More fresh news on Pottermore : Live match updtates from Patagonia are on The Daily Prophet.

On Friday, July 11 the final of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup took place. 


Pottermore users had the opportunity to follow Ginny Potter and Rita Skeeter’s live updates from the Patagonian Desert, both here on the Insider and in the Daily Prophet offices on pottermore.com.





Quidditch World Cup
Brazil vs Bulgaria

"The stadium is full and the noise is deafening. We await the arrival of both team’s mascots, who will put on a pre-match show. The Bulgarians, of course, bring their celebrated dancing troupe of Veelas, which constitutes a major reason for the team’s popularity, at least with men. Brazil’s Curupiras have already caused a great deal of mischief so far this tournament but are similarly popular, mostly with children. Security wizards stand by all around the perimeter in case of trouble.
While we wait for the opening performance, let’s remind ourselves what these teams look like and compare some key statistics." (...)
Transcript of the Live Coverage from the Daily Prophet’s Quidditch Correspondent, Ginny Potter and Gossip Correspondent Rita Skeeter



Education:


Visiting pottermore.com we discover even more exciting pieces of exclusive writing from J.K. Rowling, We explore Harry Potter’s story online and begin a journey of our own – learning to brew the perfect potion, mastering the art of duelling and getting sorted into our Hogwarts house! 


Do you want better for the love of reading?


Digital reading:

Reading is one of most important skills that we have to teach and develop in School education, no matter the age of students or the level we teach.

Students return to school later this summer. They would like to discuss with you the new Harry Porter short novel with updates they read online on Pottermore.

Why not surprising them and have some reading activities on Quidditch World Cup Teachers will be glad to read the Quidditch World Cup in Languages lessons. And students will read online with a feeling of great pleasure. Just delighted.

Now you know why I am writing again about Harry Potter ! Aim ? Reading in school education ! No matter the resource - paper or digital reading - the approach - formal learning and informal learning - we will stimulate new readers, and captivate poor readers among our students.

They would to know Harry Potter about to turn 34, Hermione and Ron all together as good friends.


The Quidditch World Cup Final | Pottermore

In the 90's, Harry Potter was the first saga that contained a suitable number of pages and a good story to captivate young students really absorved into a book.

Diversity in children and adolescents' books had long been a complex issue. Since there, despite good  efforts and some big strides forward in the years before, children's books remained disappointingly short of enough culturally diverse stories.

So this is about some very well-known books. It made a change to the sort of books educators normally read in the classoroom.

Harry Potter books and now the Quidditch World Cup contain some gothic elements, such as an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, some unexplicable events, supernatural creatures and ocurrences such as prophecies and visions. Young people loved it! Three larger-than-life characters cannot have a place in a conventional realistic novel, but they have it.

And today, the touch screen generation continues to love Harry Potter novels no matter their age. Older and new generations are huge fans. 

And this refreshing new fictional novel with updates published on Pottermore will be the perfect digital reading for your students back to school next August/ September.

Schools have experienced a huge influx of digital learning tools in recent years.

Devices:

The students will be happy to practice digital reading in the classroom. They will be using their laptop, tablet, iPhone, or smartphone.

Languages curriculum: reading and writing

The students will studying prose: liteature ; journalism
  • The narrative
  • The chronicle

Pottermore account :

Students may need a free account to read the Daily Prophet articles. I'm sure that a great number already have it. 

If students are too young, sign in with a school account or teacher/class account.

Pottermore social networks:

The students can follow the last news and updates on


The Quidditch World Cup Final | Pottermore

Some thoughts:

During 14 years, since the first Harry Potter book captured our imaginations - students imagination and mine - the classes have been involved in incredible projects and wonderful reading and creative writing activities.

There are merits of reading on a screen versus in print. Both are magnificent.

Of course comprehension may suffer when students read on the digital devices but teachers will be supportive preparing comprehension activities and will pay attention to be sure of the best digital reading.

Working with some students with learning disabilities, I have found that audio coupled with the text has been a vast improvement over just one or the other.

"We have to move into the 21st century, but we should do so with great care to build a 'bi-literate' brain that has the circuitry for 'deep reading' skills, and at the same time is adept with technology," 

Maryanne Wolfdirector of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University in Medford, Mass

Digital technology has a pivotal place in how students study and socialise. Digital devices are a central part of school life now.


"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."


Harry Potter (quote)


G-Souto

14.07.2014
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