[MOSAIC] Shelfari vs. Good Reads

michele guerrette michele.guerrette at gmail.com
Wed Sep 29 14:32:30 EDT 2010

I have started using Shelfari with my students and it has worked well so
far. I belong to Goodreads as well, and I think they're equally as good. I
like the set up of Shelfari for kids because of the bookshelf that's shown.
 I sent a letter home and spoke with parents about the importance of knowing
where their child is on the internet and being with them. I've also
cautioned the students not to be friends with anyone except students in our
classroom (or other classrooms if you are doing it with other teachers),
since it is an open website. They also hear a lot about safety on the
internet from our technology person. The students do need to have an e-mail
address, but with permission from the parents they could set up a g-mail
account or other account.


On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 3:17 PM, Domina.Natasha <
Domina.Natasha at north-haven.k12.ct.us> wrote:

> I read the several suggestions about Shelfari.com and am excited about the
> idea.  I also know that Goodreads.com is similar.  I wonder if anyone has
> compared them to be able to recommend one over the other.  I'm also
> wondering if people who have used them could share their experience with
> whether I would need to worry about inappropriate material.  My last
> question (for now) is how you would handle setting up accounts for kids who
> don't have their own e-mail.  Do you have them set up e-mails in school?
> I love the idea of kids entering in books they've read and writing reviews
> about them--it seems like such a meaningful activity to do at the end of
> reading a book.
> Thanks!
> Natasha
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