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How to make reading (even more!)exciting


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Tools to use to encourage reading

Tools to use to encourage reading

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  • 1. Caroline Roche Lead Practitioner for Humanities 2011 [email_address]
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    • Go to the site: and sign up for a free account
    • If you want an educators account, which you can use with several pupils, that is not free, but not expensive either.
    • Use it to comment about students work
    • Use it to show pictures and ask for comments
    • Use it to spark reading ideas
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    • Use Voicethread to comment on books for a book prize like the Carnegie Medal
    • Use it with AL pupils for commentary on texts
    • Use it with your primary school partners to do transition work
    • Use it with other schools as a community project
    • Use it with partners in other countries
    • Time difference is not an issue!
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    • Livebinders allow you to collect resources in one place that you would like a student to look at
    • It creates a ‘walled garden’ without overly restricting pupil searches or ‘spoon feeding’ them
    • It is simple, and the pages update themselves without you having to do any more work!
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    • Glogster is a great way to get your pupils interested and engaged
    • Use a glog to promote a book on your VLE
    • Or get pupils to produce a glog about the book they have been reading
    • Have a look at this glog, which took me only 10 minutes to create
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    • Skyping is an excellent and free way to collaborate with others. Download Skype for free, and using a simple videocamera or microphone you can use Skype to do all of these wonderful things ….
    • Register your class here:
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    • Talk to another colleague about a problem, anywhere in the world
    • Have a meeting of local school librarians, some joining you via Skype
    • Get your pupils to talk to others about books without the bother and expense of a trip out
    • Talk to your incoming Year 6’s on a regular basis, get them to submit verbal book reports via Skype
    • Talk to an author, as we did here with Tommy Donbavand earlier this year
    • Talk to another school about their experiences and use it for a story starter
  • 10.
    • International writing event which takes place every October, created and led by Bev Humphrey
    • Every day stories are started by children’s authors, and your pupils have an allotted time slot to comment on their stories
    • This year lasted two weeks, and had two primary days and one poetry day
    • Contact: [email_address]