Saturday, February 22, 2014

Poetry Slam with Google Hangouts!

I had the privilege of participating in a district Poetry Slam via Google Hangouts and all I can say is it was an awesome experience!

The project was the collaboration and brainchild of 3 Instructional Coaches, 3 Computer Technology Liaisons, and 3 English Language Arts teachers at 3 different middle schools in our district.  All planning took place through Google Hangouts or Google docs.  

A view of our Google Hangout
Here’s basically how the Poetry Slam was conducted.
  1. Students wrote original poetry in the ELA classes.
  2. 4-5 students were selected prior to the Slam to read their poetry.  Time prevented all students to participating in reading.
  3. Proper etiquette, rules, format, etc. was shared on a Google document with the group. 
  4. A location and time was selected within each school for a hangout.  2 schools chose the library as their location!
  5. IT Coaches, CTLs (this included 2 librarians), and ELA teachers collaborated on each campus to enter the Google Hangout
  6. Once the Hangout began all 3 schools took turns reading their poetry.
  7. After each poem was read students were ask for feedback by entering information in a Google form. There were over 1,750 responses in the form.
  8. Students from other campuses were allowed to ask questions after each poem was read.
  9. During the entire process there was feedback from many through TodaysMeet and Twitter (#NISDpoetryslam) feeds that were visible on separate monitors. I displayed in Visible Tweets which was very enthralling to our students.
Tweets via Visible Tweets

The activity was incredible with our students totally engaged at all times.  Once they completed the Google form they were encouraged to make comments on our TodaysMeet and Twitter feeds.  Lurkers included school and district administrators who had a glimpse into a fantastic classroom activity that went beyond the walls of just one school.  I foresee the use of Google Hangouts in many other activities in the near future.  What a day with Google Hangouts, Google docs, Google form, TodaysMeet, and Twitter all smashed into one activity.  It was epic.  Watch out World Read Aloud Day - here we come!


  1. Congratulations on a FANTASTIC example of collaboration, technology and poetry! I truly enjoy this post and it's wonderful that you represented the librarian's role marvelously!

  2. This is AWESOME! I have passed on your blog to the teachers at my school!

  3. Jean,
    Thanks for your kind words. Sometimes I feel guilty because I'm having so much fun.
    Please let me know if you decide to have a virtual poetry slam.


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