So I have been experimenting with Pinterest to create online, visual Reading Lists.
What do I mean by this? Well I have been creating Pinboards using Pinterest to collect images of book covers and grouping them into themes. I have had several requests from Science to create a reading list to support different curriculum topics, and this seems to be working quite well, although some of the topics have been challenging (if anyone knows of any fiction books which covers fizzy sports drinks – please let me know!). Students have picked a book related to their academic study and have gone onto write a review of their chosen book as a homework activity.
The benefits over a traditional list are:- no reprographic costs, new titles can easily be added, and they are easily accessible by students and staff.
These reading lists can be embedded in our VLE alongside the assignment and I have put a link to all the boards on our Oliver Homepage.
I plan to promote with other subject areas, as this is just one other way the MRC can encourage and support Literacy Across the curriculum and the Reading for Pleasure Agenda!
Banging on again about the focus on Literacy and Reading for Pleasure – well it is my main passion!
Many teachers who have experienced the new Ofsted framework have been faced with this question:-
“What are you doing to promote reading for pleasure in your subject?”
So to offer some support to teachers I have been setting up Pinterest boards based upon different areas of the curriculum. This is mainly a request service so far, and over the weekend I have been working on Pinterest boards for Health; Microbes; Diet, and Plants.