Monday, October 15, 2012

Lewis & Clark Event in the Works!

We are partnering with Inspired Classroom to create a unique and exciting interactive event — blending reading, technology, science, and history that will kick off on Thursday, November 15, 2012.

This event will include a LIVE virtual field trip to Travelers' Rest State Park in Montana — the only spot along the route where archeologists have uncovered physical evidence of the Corps of Discovery's encampment. Education Specialist Allison DuPuy will show students the area and facilitate discussion with local interpreters explaining the evidence of the Corps’ campsite and telling stories about that era of American history.

Groups will be able to sign-up and join the trip at various time slots available during the day. Groups can participate either through their local videoconferencing equipment or any web browser.

[Image right shows an example of Inspired Classroom's Allison interacting with a classroom during their popular program on Bear Hibernation.]

The field trip will kick off a reading journey on Read A Route's Lewis & Clark Trail. Readers will have up to three months during the event to travel from Camp Dubious in Missouri to Fort Clatsop at the Pacific Ocean's coast.

Allison will help further enrich your group’s journey by suggesting related activities and projects and facilitating sharing — and reading competitions — between groups.

Registration will open soon - stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Reading with Lewis & Clark; Idita-Read Celebrations

I have been enjoying following some WorldWide IDEA's Idita-Readers extend their journeys on the Lewis & Clark Trail and Ice Age Floods route. That's AWESOME! Meanwhile, some teachers and parents building new routes to unveil by the end of summer. Go Trailblazers!

But, I also absolutely have to give a warm-felt shout out to the 2012 team sponsor, Downeast Dog Scouts Troop 159, who recently sent me some cool photos of them and their participants. The troop is an affiliate of the Dog Scouts of America in Hancock County, Maine that promotes responsible dog ownership, bringing people and dogs together to learn, socialize and help in the community. Reading is the cornerstone of all learning and many of the dogs in the troop are Reading Education Assistance Dogs. The troop sponsored five teams for WorldWide IDEA's Idita-Read 2012, because, troop leader Robyn Douglas told me, the event "is a fantastic project for a group that loves dogs, the outdoors and the promotion of positive canine relationships through education and reading with children."

Below are a few of the photos she sent me of activities. Each team had a troop member dog as their mascot. Thanks Troop 159 for doing so much to support your local readers - looks like everyone had a blast!
Troop members meet with some of their participating readers to kick things off!

A large map in the hallway highlighted each team and their mascot.

Looks like participants got some goodie bags from the troop!

Close up of map featuring team mascots.

WorldWide IDEA's Idita-Read logo featured on the cake to help celebrate.

Another reader gets a victorious high-five at the Finish Line.

WorldWide IDEA Idita-Read participant awarded his metal.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Event Mileage Nears 2 Million; Lewis and Clark Route Available

What a thrill it has been over the last few weeks to see our WorldWide Idita-Readers push the pace and nearing the 2-million-minute mark — what a GREAT way to celebrate Spring!

Meanwhile, readers and Team Managers have been asking for more routes for their avid Read A Route fans. We have just published a Lewis & Clark Trail, completed next by popular demand. We expect to continue to enrich that route as we can, as there is a lot to showcase as part of that historical set of events and cross-cultural interaction.

That 3,114-mile route leads students along the primary route that Captain Meriwether Lewis and William Clark scouted during the Corp of Discovery expedition, 1803-1806. As with all of our pay routes, reading it is based on an affordable per-reader fee. For this activity that covers nearly 52 hours of reading time, the cost is just $3.63 for a solo reader. Readers can simply visit the Route page and click the "Add to Cart" button, check out, and then they are ready to roll!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Readers SPRING into action!

The Iditarod® may be over, but Team Managers in WorldWide IDEA's Idita-Read like to challenge their readers over Spring Break to get growing on their reading time, skills, and imagination by sinking deep into some good books. Break times vary, but already we have seen bolts in route progress, with finishers more than doubling in less than a week!

Nearly 3,500 readers are cruising through some very cool books. From Kindergarten through 8th Grade, readers have been reviewing some engaging new novels as well as some old classics that are consistent reader pleasers. Special kudos to the 3rd Graders and 5th Graders for sharing more than 100 book reviews (each grade) with everyone!

For those who have not done much reading yet, take advantage of your break and other moments of reading opportunity to SPRING into action and get a good jump to finish the race in Nome!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

More than 100 reach Nome within 10 days!

Our annual WorldWide IDEA's Idita-Read event has been gaining some serious steam this week! More than 100 readers on the Iditarod Trail - North route have already reached the finish line in Nome, with our total quickly nearing the 1 million mile mark. Meanwhile, Book Reviews are also piling up with nearly 300 submitted to share with our Read A Route community. Way to go everyone, keep it up - we expect to see many more of you celebrating in Nome very soon!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

100,000-minute Milestone Reached on Event Day 4!

With currently about 3,000 readers on 187 teams participating in WorldWide IDEA's Idita-Read, the 2012 race is heating up fast! Readers from 27 U.S. states and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are adding up the miles and to book reviews, which is so awesome to see on the Iditarod Trail - North route!

Meanwhile, we have had a lot of feedback from our Team Managers, which has helped us target trouble spots and make some improvments to further streamline the process. We are very grateful to all of our Read A Route site users for their input to help make an increasingly polished product for everyone - thank you!

Keep up the amazing reading time and great book reveiws everyone!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Anticipation Builds for Event Kick Off!

Everyone is excitedly counting down to the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race and related event, WorldWide IDEA's Idita-Read. Both get rolling this Saturday, March 3. I had the good fortune of being in Anchorage this week, and took some great photos of the 77th annual Fur Rondy Festival. I have posted some of those on this checkpoint page for the Iditarod Trail - North route, our route for this year's event.

Meanwhile, I also got a chance to stop by the Iditarod Headquarters, based here in Anchorage. To the right is a photo of me browsing the official souvenir shop, picking out a few sled dog-related books for my family.

Looking forward to this year's big 2012 race - have fun, everyone!