One of the best ways to get your students motivated about reading is to provide them with online platforms where they can meet other student readers and share their recommendations, reads, and book reviews. When students know that people other than their fellow mates or teachers can read and interact with what they post, they can show more engagement and interest .
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been wading through some of these platforms and handpicked some of the best available online. All the websites mentioned below are student friendly and can be used with your students in the classroom. Check the list out
1- Library Thing
This is one of my favourite book clubs. It is a community of over a million and a half book lovers. It requires a signup. Once you are registered you can then connect to people who read what you post and also interact with what they publish.
2- Good Reads
This is also another book club that I am member of. What is cool about this website is that you decide upon titles and genres you like and Good Reads gives you insightful recommendations and right into your inbox. You can also join in discussions about books you or your friends read.
Shelfari is a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. It lets you create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends and learn more about your favourite books for free.
This is a platform where kids connect to their teachers, friends and parents to share and recommend their favourite books and good reads. It also provides books with different reading levels and has a great and intuitive reading logs.
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors.
Scholastic has a section in which teachers and students can share what they are reading and discover new books based on their friends recommendations.