The Pearson-Betwyll project for 2018/2019

With the Pearson-Betwyll project we piloted social reading with students and teachers all over Italy in a literary journey in different stages. Thanks to Betwyll, participants were able to access a large virtual class where they could read and comment together on the Short stories for a year by Italian writer Luigi Pirandello through our social reading method.

The preliminary phase of the project was targeted at teachers: starting from October 2018, they could get familiar with our social reading app and method through a series of themed webinars and a dedicated class on Betwyll, where they could practice on Pirandello’s texts.

In February 2019 it was students’ turn to play: for six weeks, they had the chance to work on the selected short stories, developing their language, critical thinking and collaboration skills. All this having fun, practicing their creativity and, at the same time, becoming aware of their digital identity and of the netiquette.

Since Bewtyll is not just about books, but most of all about readers!

Digital technologies offer people greater reading opportunities, but tend to promote a superficial attitude towards reading. Commenting on a text in 140 characters forces instead to focus on that specific content, looking for what’s more relevant and, thus, examining the text and its author to identify its deep meanings. Our ambition is to recreate Euphemia’s square where, rather than the merchants imagined by Calvino, it’s readers who meet. And, thanks to books and their shared reading, they become more careful, conscious and engaged individuals, who are also members of a constantly evolving community.

Pierluigi Vaccaneo, Betwyll CEO


“I observed my students reading, twylling and getting more and more familiar with this new method. I saw them struggling with the choice of an adequate lexicon to express themselves more accurately, also learning to use technology in a more conscious and correct way”.

Read the interview with Bianca Iaccarino, Letters teacher at Liceo Vico in Naples

“I am convinced that the combination of reading-reflection-debate-synthesis (ouch, those 140 characters!)-sharing will invite the students to have a deeper and more personal relation to the text.”

Read the interview with Claudia Crescente, Letters teacher at Liceo Rodolico in Florence

“I don’t necessarily plan to have a final written test at the end of the reading activities with the students to assess synthesis, comprehension and analysis of one of the short stories read or others of their choice. At regular intervals, however, I listen to the students orally sharing what they understood of the scheduled texts”.

Read the interview with Sonia Mirigliano, Letters teacher at Liceo Vico in Naples

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