Mobile Learning – Welcomed in the MRC

Those of you who are “alive-alert-awake” will have noticed the new Mobile Learning posters in the Gutenberg area of the MRC.

This means that you can use your mobile phone, iPad, blackberry etc to check/send emails; use the internet; use educational Apps; read an ebook etc.


But if you want to listen to music or make (or take) a phonecall you need to go somewhere else.

So silent mobile learning is acceptable, and encouraged – why not come and tell me what your favourite App is at the moment!

Welcome to a new academic year 2012-13!

A big Welcome to all our new Year 7’s, 13’s and welcome back to our Year 11 students too!.

Make the most of the space today as everyone else will be back tomorrow.


Here’s a video about the FAQs about the MRC

(Multi-media Research Centre)

Futures 2012


Year 8 Students are just starting to embark on their Nuffield STEM Futures Project.

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

They can shoose from 8 different research topics, ranging from re-designing household projects, or clothes, how we can use alternate energy sources.

They will need to think about local, regional, national, and global issues and impact.


Their class boxes are being stored in the MRC and are collected at the beginning of each of their lessons.


To support this teaching and learning I have created a display with books from around the MRC, and have included QR codes.


These QR codes link either to a sample of the websites and videos available via Oliver or to two of my podcasts – one explaining Dewey and the MRC layout, and the other demonstrates how to use the Subject Index.



Early days so far but it has already been handled.

I do encourage students to touch and borrow these resources.

Future Trends in Libraries

Latest “Call to Arms” for Now is the Time for Libraries


MRC Open Evening

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As part of the Parent Workshop Programme the MRC opened its doors (metaphorically speaking as we don’t actually have doors!) to over 50 parents who attended the Homework Workshop last week.

Parents were shown how to access their childs’ homework area on the VLE and then listened to six presentations from eachof the colleges about subject specific homework setting.

I then spoke briefly about how the MRC supports Homework, our opening hours, and access to resources including the online databases and then took them for a browse around the MRC. Lots of questions about  staff help; journals and how many items students could borrow; and many took away the leaflets I had prepared. An exceelent opportuity to talk with Parents.