Monday, 11 March 2013

A7: There is no friend as loyal as a book: Creating Electronic Books to engage reluctant learners

Steve Bunce

'If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.' Toni Morrison

Electronic books can be created by teachers and students to offer bespoke content and features. How can schools begin this journey? Which formats, layouts and interactivity would be most effective to create engaging books, especially for children with low literacy skills?

A research project, sponsored and supervised by Hull University, is being carried out in schools in the North East of England. Working closely with a particular school in an area of high deprivation and low literacy, the researcher, Steve Bunce, has been interviewing and consulting the school librarian, parents, staff and students to create electronic books.

This seminar will share the findings of the project to date, linked to the current research into electronic books and new technologies. It will especially show how the teachers' pedagogical approaches need careful and close attention, to gain the greatest impact. All three are essential - the appropriate pedagogy, the relevant content and the accessible technology. Finally, we will consider the potential for schools to publish not only for themselves, but to the national and global market.

In conclusion, the seminar will show the potential for electronic books in schools, with real examples from the research project. It will consider the current research into electronic books in education and finally, promote discussion about the future of electronic publications by schools.

'Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.' (Groucho Marx)

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