Bookshelves for everyone
There is a website called Shelfari which allows for people to create their own online bookshelf by adding books from an online collection. Shelfari is really cool because the database is directly linked to Amazon, which means that virtually every book is available. The books have full summaries and the website allows for you to rate the books and write your own comments. Then you can share your book collection with other people. When you add books to the shelves that you like the website suggests other books that are similar for you to read – I have found those to be so useful!
There are a number of ways that shelfari could be used in the classroom. As a teacher you could create your own shelfari for students to navigate through. Students will be able to see summaries – teacher notes on books, and ratings. Check out this example. This is one of my pages on my class website (along with my polldaddy). Students will be able to move through my bookshelves – and click on any books they are more interested in to see full summaries. It was really easy to incorporate the flash html script into my WIX website.
Students could also create their own shelfaris. The website does not require a certain age – although there does need to be an e-mail to sign in. Students could use school emails or temporary e-mails. Students then could share their bookshelves with each other and with the teacher – and create dialogue about books.