With the Pearson-Betwyll project we are piloting social reading with students and teachers all over Italy in a literary journey in different stages. Thanks to Betwyll, participants will be able to access a large virtual class where to read and comment together on the Short stories for a year by Italian writer Luigi Pirandello through the TwLetteratura method.
The preliminary phase of the project is targeted at teachers: starting from October, they will be able to get familiar with social reading and our app through a series of thematic webinars and a dedicated class on Betwyll where to practice our method in first person on Pirandello’s texts.
In February it will be students’ turn to play: for six weeks, they will be able to work on the short stories proposed, developing their language, critical thinking and collaboration skills. This all, having fun, practicing their creativity and, at the same time, becoming aware of their digital identity and of the netiquette.
With Betwyll it’s not just books that become protagonist but readers, above all!
I observed my students reading, tweeting and twylling, getting more and more familiar with this new method. I saw them struggling in 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’m convinced that the combination of reading-reflection-debate-synthesis (ouch, those 140 characters!)-sharing will have put them in 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