3d Images

3D David CopperfieldThis is a fantastic and creative idea from Durham High School for Girls: 3D pictures.  Jacqui Durcan, school librarian, originally got the idea from art education where they look closely at an object to identify all the different layers.

National Story Telling Week as a great opportunity to make the images.  You need a descriptive scene from a story and then have the students identify all the different descriptive elements that best represent the story.  Then working in teams students produce the finished piece.  Students have to work carefully together to make sure things are in the right order – back ground to foreground – and as an exercise it is excellent for group work, planning and prioritising.

Past 3d image projects have included African Tales, Grimms Tales, Stories from Dickens and stories from the Canterbury Tales.

T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme

The shortlist has been announced for the 2012 T S Eliot Prize.  The 10 shortlisted poets and their works are:

  • Simon Armitage The Death of King Arthur
  • Sean Borodale Bee Journal
  • Gillian Clarke ICE
  • Julia Copus The World’s Two Smallest Humans
  • Paul Farley The Dark Film
  • Jorie Graham P L A C E
  • Kathleen Jamie The Overhaul
  • Sharon Olds Stag’s Leap
  • Jacob Polley The Havocs
  • Deryn Rees-Jones Bringing the Wren

The Poetry Book Society in partnership with the English and Media Centre are also running a shadowing scheme.  Open to GCSE and A level students, students are encouraged to read the poems and to take part in a poll vote for their choice of winner.  A level (or equivalent) students can also enter an essay competition to write the best 500 word rationale for their choice of poet.

This would be a perfect opportunity for a reading group to participate in the shadowing scheme as along with two poems from each of the 10 shortlisted collections discussion ideas and biographies are also available.  All downloads are available at www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/15.  A teachers guide is also available on the emagazine website at www.emagazine.org.uk.

The emagazine also includes 6 suggestions for schools and colleges on how to organise the reading and discussion of the poems at www.englishandmedia.co.uk/eliot/6suggestions.html.

The deadline for rational entries and student poll closes on 18th December 2012.  The Award Ceremony with the announcement of the T S Eliot winner along with the student poll and winning student rationale is on 14th January 2013 at the Wallace Collection, London.


Valentine’s Writing Competition

Movellas is offering a young person’s writing competition on the theme of ‘Love’ especially for Valentine’s Day.  Entries can be submitted as a short story or as a poem.

Prizes are available for the winning writer and also the winner’s school:

Overall winner:

  • School – SMARTBoard IWB 800i
  • Writer – £200 Selfridges vouochers

1st runner up:

  • School – SMART Document Camera
  • Writer – £100 ASOS vouchers

2nd runner up:

  • Writer – a selection of teenage books from Random House

3rd runner up:

  • writer – cinema tickets for 2 people

Closing date for entries is 20th February.

Free Trial Subscription: Newsademic

Newsademic is an international newspaper written and edited for KS3 and 4 students to support PSHE, History, Geography, Science, English and RE curricula.  Subscribers receive a fornightly email with a PDF file which can be read on screen but has been designed to be printed out and read as a paper copy.  An intranet licence allows students to access an HTML searchable version of Newsademic via their school network.  Each issue is also accompanied by two levels of activities.

Annual subscription rates start at £20 (excluding VAT).  Newsademic is offering 2 months free subscription: www.newsademic.com/promo/h0112

Library Day in the Life Project Round 8

This week is the Library Day in the Life Project Round 8.  Coordinated by Bobbie Newman of Librarian by Day, this is a great opportunity for librarians to talk about and publicise what it is they do all day.  Librarians can take part by through blogging, Twitter, photos and videos.  This is open to all librarians around the world and from all sectors.  It is always a great way to get a glimpse into other jobs that librarians are imvolved in.

More instructions on how to take part and for adding your details can be found on the Library Day in the Life wiki.


Costa Children’s Award Winner Announced

Moira Young is the winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award for her dystopian thriller Blood Red Road.  It was a strong shortlist for the Children’s Award with Frank Cottrell Boyce, Martyn Bedford and Lissa Evans all being nominated.

Other category winners:

Novel award: Pure by Andrew Miller

First novel award: Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson

Biography award: Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas by Matthew Hollis

Poetry Award: The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy

We now wait to hear who will be named as oveall winner for 2012.

Northern Children’s Book Festival 2011

The Northern Children’s Book Festival is the largest reading celebration in Europe and takes place in the North-East region every November.  The two week festival brings together 12 Local Authorities and encourages children to enjoy reading.

This year the Gala weekend is taking place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November from 10am to 4pm at Benfield School, Newcastle.  Book your tickets now and sign up to see your favourite authors (limited places available).

iPads in schools

Moorside Community Technology College in County Durham have been using iPads for a year in all areas of the curriculum.  Jeff Wilson, ICT Director and Gem Horth, Learning Centre Coordinator gave a presentation to the Librarians in Durham Schools (LIDS) group on the initiatives being used with iPads.  The Learning Centre is using iPads during after-school clubs and iPads are also being used in research lessons alongside print based resources.  Included in the presentation was a video blog made by the Headteacher showing the different uses of technology within the school.

Heads Blog – New Technologies