Year 7 Information Literacy Programme: DDC

I’ve been working with the Year 7 students to introduce them to Dewey Order, or DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification), as part of their Information Literacy Programme.

I started by telling them a silly story about Mr Dewey, his wife, and their big house which was full of books. obviously when his wife couldn’t find her favourite cookery book she set him the task of sorting all the books out to make it easier to find what you want.

The story explains how he organised all of knowledge into the 10 main subject areas and then gave them subject numbers. The students are then given a floor plan of his house and have to label each room with the main subject area, the main Dewey Shelf number and then run around the MRC shelves to find each subject area, note the colour on the spine labels and then finally colour in their floor plan.

It can be a bit hectic but at least it gives them more confidence and gets them moving around the MRC.

Carnegie Shadowing Reading Group knows best?

Yesterday the results of 2011 Carnegie Book Award was announced.

The TDA Reading Group have been shadowing the judges by reading as many of the shortlisted books as possible.

Greenaway TDA Winner

TDA WinnerWe voted for our favourite Carnegie and Greenaway book on Wednesday and “The Prisoner of the Inquisition” came out on top in the Carnegie list, and “Big Bear, Little Brother” led the way for it’s illustrations for the Greenaway Award.

Greenaway winner 2011

Carnegie Winner 2011The actual winners were

Carnegie Winner = Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Greenaway Winner = FaRther illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith

Wikipedia and Bias

Here is a very short video I put together about Wikipedia turning 10 earlier this year (2011) and how you have to read for bias.

In many cases no-one knows who puts the information onto Wikipedia as the video says it could be a professor, a mad professor or a mad man.

So if you do choose to start your research by looking at Wikipedia then do remember to check all the information in other reliable sources – like Britannica Encyclopedia – which you can gain access to via the Oliver Homepage – either through the VLE or check out the quick link on this page!

Playaways launch

We launched our new Playaways in June 2011. I created a Video and loaded it on YouTube to promote these, please click below to watch.

Remember to come in to the MRC and borrow a Playaway – they are very easy to use.