IAPS Library Cluster Meeting
Reading Promotion and
• Excellence in English: What we can learn from 12
outstanding schools (2011):
• Reading, writing and communication (2011):
• Moving English forward (2012)
• “Around the school, an attractive and well-
stocked library is often an indicator of effective
support for pupils' wider reading and
information retrieval skills.” Reading, writing
and communication, Ofsted (2011)
• “To ensure that the library is strategically
managed and developed as well as open and
available to children as much as possible, it is
recommended that schools employ a
professional librarian “ Primary School
Guidelines, SLG (2013)
• “An effective school library acting as a
powerhouse of learning and reading within a
school is a unique resource.” (School Libraries: a
plan for improvement. National Literacy
“All schools should
………develop policies to
promote reading for
enjoyment throughout the
Impact of School Library
Services on Learning
The findings reveal a considerable body of
international evidence showing that school
libraries impact on:
• Higher test or exam scores equating to
• Successful curriculum or learning outcomes,
including information literacy
• Positive attitudes towards learning: including
increased motivation, improved attitude
towards learning tasks, self-esteem, and
wider reading for pleasure.
(Robert Gordon University Research, October 2013)
Creating a Reading Culture
• PIRLS - Reading all over the world
“ Children who read most frequently for fun were
also those with the highest score on PIRLS”
• PISA 2000 - Reading for change
“Being more enthusiastic about reading and a
frequent reader was more of an advantage, on its
own, than having well-educated parents in good
• Research shows that reading for enjoyment is
“more important for children’s educational
success than their family’s socio-economic
Progression in International Reading and Literacy
Programme for International Student Assessment
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Some strategies to encourage reading
• Regular timetabled library based English lessons
and/or tutor periods: guided reading, reading
• Accelerated Reading- Star Reader Year 7/8
• Local Book Award- Year 6/7 transition project
• Local Book Quiz
• Rewards, assemblies, newsletters,
• Bookweeks , Big Reads and Readathons
• Reading Buddies Year 7/12
• Carnegie Book Group- G and T- Year 8-11
• Manga and creative writing groups
• Staff/6th form Book Group
• Reading Champions
• PLRS – Premier League Reading Stars
• Exploiting ICT – VLE ( forums, blogs, votes)
Facebook, Twitter, booktrailers, animoto, Pinterest
and other Web 2.0 tools
1 Conduct a mini reading survey in your class.
What is the most popular book? Who is the
most popular writer? Present your findings in a
spreadsheet at the end.
2 Read a play with a friend
3 Read a collection of poems and copy your
favourite one. Write a paragraph or series of
notes explaining what you found interesting
4 Check out the Book websites on Fronter
5 Read the first chapter of a book and fill in a
6 Listen to a story CD or tape
7 Design a bookmark
8 Read a non fiction book about something you
are interested in and use what you learn to
write a mini-guide.
9 Write a review of your first favourite book.
Find images and even quotes and explain what
it was that made you love it.
10 Read a cartoon or comic book story and
transform it into a written story (prose)
11 Design a new front cover and back cover for a
non fiction book of your choosing. Try to make
it appeal to teenagers.
12 Write a play script based on a story/theme
13 Play the Story bag game
14 Play Book title charades
15 Design two posters, one to promote reading
and one to promote the library. Think about all
the resources on offer, there are more than
16 Contribute a book review to a webpage, for
17 Try out some of the Word Game websites ( see
18 Write an acrostic poem or a riddle using
Skim read a few non fiction books on one topic, then write
a top tips sheet for readers. This should explain how to
use non fiction books, what the contents and index pages
are, how a glossary can help and anything else you think
might be useful.
Use animoto to make a book trailer
When you have read a book
Write a Star Reader Quiz of 10 questions`
Make a wordsearch based on the book
Write a new blurb for the book
Design a new book cover
Script an interview with the main character
Write a “problem page” letter from a character to an
Write a different ending to the book
Draw a map of the book’s setting labelling it with the
Draw one of the characters in your book and label it with
descriptions from the book
Write a letter to the author explaining what you liked and
didn’t like about the book
Research the author of the book and prepare a
presentation for the class
Draw a storyboard/cartoon version of an incident in the
Write a playscript for a scene in the book
Write a secret diary of a main character with at least 3
Pick a descriptive passage from the book and use a
thesaurus to find synonyms for the descriptive words
Try and write a 50 word summary of the whole plot
Imagine you were making a film of the book – design a
Book Quiz http://animoto.com/play/H7Dm18R4Q86C0LjUdZuGMA
Teachers are Readers http://animoto.com/play/8H7Hk5CGCoZoJQfwZKg5jg#
Why Read http://animoto.com/play/1dqcQ0VATlR7rfw8H2S1aA
Lewisham Book Award http://animoto.com/play/SnnOTxXWF7IMTXEzzOxpjQ
CoLA Library http://animoto.com/play/P4Wiviqfgk7Ow3VspX83EQ
Staff as Reader s http://animoto.com/play/WtLnSa0of42z2RKYNQXtww
• Create videos quickly and easily
• Select a theme, embed images, videos, add text,
• Free educators accounts available
• Easily accessed by students
• Embed on Fronter or any webpage or blog
• A virtual wall of stickies
• Embed links, images and videos
• Password protect
32 Interesting Ways to use Padlet
Interesting Ways to use Voicethread in
Voicethread for Education
• A collaborative multi-media show that allows students
to comment on images, documents, ppts and videos
verbally or by text.
• Moderated by teacher. No special equipment needed
• Embed in Fronter or any blog/web-page
• Create on-line booklets from your Word
documents and embed on Fronter
• A simple tool that makes your resources look
more attractive on the web
• Create a virtual pinboard
• Visual – particularly useful for Arts and technology
• Share boards and pins- collaborate, collate and
comment on a mood board of photographs, images ,
weblinks etc. Organised by Themes.
• Group projects or to gather and share information in
Using Pinterest in Education
Livebinder of Ipad Apps
• An on-line ring-binder of websites,
Word documents, pdfs, images,
• Share and search other people’s
• Search by subjects and themes
E-readers- readers and tablets
• Nook – Barnes and Noble
• Kobo- Smiths
• Kindle- Amazon
• Sony e-reader
• Cooler Reader
• Samsung Nexus
• Kindle Fire
• Ipad Mini
• Galaxy Tab
• Nexus – Google PlayStore
Of course you can also use e-reading apps for PC and Macs
Amazon reported in August last year that its
eBook sales were now outstripping hard copy
book sales (114 paid-for eBooks downloaded for
every 100 hardback and paperback books sold)
Definite advantages- we don’t want to be left
How have you used them so far in your schools?
• http://www.zinepal.com/ Create your own E-
• http://tinyurl.com/3tjy6wk 30 best sources of
free E-books ( Gutenberg etc-40,000 free e-
books- readable on any device
E Book Readers: Considerations
• Use? Loanable
• Public library compatability
• Wi-fi or 3G
"Lending Kindles preloaded with third party content, such
as an ebook currently in copyright, via a library or
learning centre, would breach the current stated Kindle
terms and conditions of use as far as UK users are
concerned. The Kindle terms and conditions state that
the digital content is for personal use only and in terms of
the accepted definition of personal use in UK copyright
law, Amazon have confirmed that this does not extend to
personal use of one e-book (purchased by an institution
as account holder) by a large group of learners".
• Using low specification Kindles is fine, but they’re only black and white and they don’t
run all eBooks (no Wimpy Kids, for example – they only run on higher specification Kindle
• Using higher spec Kindles (Fire etc.) and tablets/iPads means that children can be
distracted by other apps on the device, or by easy access to the internet. How can you be
sure that they are reading?
• How do you buy books and get them onto the devices? Who pays? How do you manage
it? On a large scale it all gets very fiddly.
• If a child is reading a book on a reader of some kind, can they read it on any of those
readers (take any eBook reader from the library and carry on reading) – or are they locked
to the one device?
• What about desktop computers in schools – or laptops? Schools already have these. Can
they be used for reading eBooks?
• Is it OK for children to take these devices home?
http://www.ransom.co.uk/ E book newsletter
E-Books- Issues to consider
• Details of the licensing agreement. Do you own or lease the
• Annual access fees?
• What happens to purchased books if the subscription is not
renewed? All disappear?
• How much relevant KS3/4/5 content is available. Some
publishers not on board
• Usage reports?
• Integrate with your LMS
• Plug Ins and additional software requirements?
• Single, multiple or unlimited use?
• Use on interactive whiteboards?
• Mobile app?
• Note taking/annotation features?
• Which browser is it viewable in/compatible with?
• 650 publishers plus 300 due to sign- 80,000 titles
• Not kindle but compatible with PC, laptops, tablets, mobiles and
e-readers (kobos, android devices, Ipads)- any device with adobe
• Aiming for a free platform
• £95 set up fee
• No commitments after that. Load 1,000 Gutenberg books
• No hosting fee. No annual fee.
• Brief MARC records so can integrate with catalogue, Compatible
with all LMS
• Usage reports
• Can buy a starter pack of titles. You keep everything even if you
leave the platform
• £200 set up fee plus £500 a year includes 2,000 free downloads
• Not yet integratable with all LMS ( eg Eclipse)
• All managed by Browns remotely
• Lose your E-books after 2 years if you decide to not pay the
annual support fee
• 7p per download once you have used your 2,000 quota up.
• Two types of access- multiple users and limited access
• E-books on CD to load onto Pcs, Ipads, netbooks and laptops.
Networkable so can download onto as many devices as you
• 8-12 different books for £100-£150 a set.
• If you spend over £200 you also get £50 worth of print copies
• Complete E-book library: 100 books for £1899- plus hard
copies of all the books ( worth £600)
• Starter E-book library: 50 books for £999 – plus hard copies of
all the books
• Permanent licence
• Fiction and non-fiction titles for struggling readers. Free
• Loan model is based on a ‘one license’, 'one user'
model, digitally wrapped for a set loan period, which
expires automatically. Compatible with all major LMS
• Over 53,000 new and backlist titles available for loan
• Selection, administration and management information
is available through a secure school library portal.
• End user access is available through a branded ‘white
label site’ provided by Askews and Holts to meet the
school library specification.
• Overdrive system. £2,500 a year includes
£1,250 credit for building up an e-book library
• Overdrive used in public libraries.
• Minimum is £1,500 with £500 of that to spend
on e-books :school roll of 500
• Textbooks mainly at the moment
• Buy or Rent by month, term, year or 2 years.
Free to join.
• Pay per download but no overheads
• Part of the RM network system originally –
developing a library and general e-book
• 1,000 free classics. Free trials.
• “No single place at school is more important in
developing reading than the school library” (Paul Kropp,
The Reading Solution)
• “My vision of learning for children and young people in
the future, has the library, in all its forms, at its
heart.” Professor Tim Brighouse
• The way to get children reading is to leave the library
door open and let them read anything and everything
they want. ‘Terry Pratchett’