Children’s Laureate

Julia Donaldson has recently been awarded the role of Children’s Laureate.

This award is given once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field.

She has a partnership with artist Axel Scheffler and  they have become picture book superstars with titles including

The Gruffalo (which has sold nearly two million copies worldwide aSnail and the Whalend been translated into thirty languages),

The Gruffalo’s Child, and my favourite The Snail and the Whale.

Have a look at the official Gruffalo website.

Book of the Week

Four children with unusual talents are recruited for a top-secret mission.  There is only one rule – there are no rules!  How can they work together to save the world?

A cracking adventure begins…….

This is an excellent adventure book with puzzles, codes and a diabolical villain.

A-Z of Internet tools and techniques: Letter C

ClickerSo here we are with Letter C of the tools and techniques which you can use to get the most out of the Internet.

C stands for….

Clickers

What are Clickers?

Clickers are a simple remote personal responce system which look at bit like a TV remote control unit, and work in the same way.Clickers use infrared or radio frequency technology to transmit and record student responses to questions. A small, portable receiving station is placed in front of the class to collect and record student resonses. If the teacher wants each clicker can be linked to an indivudual studdent which allows for a unique and identifiable signal and response.

Clickers creates an environment for active participation by all students and provides immediate feedback about any areas of confusion over the content being taught.

For more information click HERE!

Bibliography

Scott, Elspeth. (2009). All kinds of e-verything. School Librarian. 57

Top Tips for Tutors: increasing reading for pleasure…

Make reading visible around the school by displaying attractive posters – ‘Good reads for historians…’, ‘Want to know more about the causes of earthquakes? Try these books…’

Have sections of a text placed in different corridors and areas so that pupils need to read one and find the next extract.

Recruit influential pupils to be book, author or genre ‘ambassadors’ – with an element of competition to see who can secure the widest readership.

Add small ‘recommendation’ cards to book displays with lively pupil or teacher comments, or try “If you like this then you’ll love…”

Show pupils how current literature has its roots in the past, e.g. Twilight and Dracula. •Take advantage of technology in the school – share book recommendations, extracts or reviews on the school’s intranet, screensavers and TV display screenReadings.

Read yourself – being a role model

Engaging with pupils as readers and getting to know their preferences

Referring to whole books/literary fiction rather than just chunks in textbooks, e.g. historical novels in history

Ensuring that all teachers promote reading in their subject areas, e.g. science fiction in science

Creating a reading-friendly environment.

Raising the profile of the library (MRC).

Giving book tokens/books as rewards or prizes

Reference

Department for Education. (2011). Encouraging reading for pleasure. Available: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/pedagogy/teachingstyles/b00192950/encouraging-reading-for-pleasure. Last accessed 22nd September 2011.

Banned Books Week

Banned Book Week focuses on the books banned or challenged in schools or libraries around the world.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.

Here are some of the banned books that you can borrow from the MRC.

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman

Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Check the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel daily for new videos. 

Horrible Histories…

How many of you managed to claim your free copy of the “Rotten Romans” book (of the Horrible Histories series) with Saturdays Peterborough Evening Telegraph?

 Horrible Histories

 You can continue to build your collection of Horrible Histories in every Saturday’s paper for just £1.99 each – a saving on the RRP of £3 per book! There are 23 in total to collect.Inside each Saturday’s evening telegraph you can find a Horrible Histories token – please hand these into the MRC as we are collecting them to try and win a share of £500.

 There’s a first prize of £350, second prize of £100 and third prize of £50 plus runner up prizes of a full set of books for the schools who collect the most tokens -so come on everyone let’s show them that Thomas Deacon Academy is the best!

A-Z of Internet tools and techniques: Letter B

So here we are with Letter B of the tools and techniques which you can use to get the most out of the Internet.

B stands for….

Bluetooth

“Bluetooth gives wireless communication between devices on an opt-in basis and can be used to transfer information easily.” It is an open wireless technology for communicating over short distances between devices.

So you can have bluetooth mobile phone headsets; headphones; mice; keyboards; printers; speakers; and even games consoles use this technology.

If you have an older PC that does not have Bluetooth embedded then you can get a Bluetooth adapter that will let the PC communicate with other Bluetooth devices. Most recent laptops come with a built-in Bluetooth, if this is missing you will need to get an external gadget, these are called dongles.

Bluetooth Bibliography Scott, Elspeth. (2009). All kinds of e-verything. School Librarian. 57