Michael Hughes, who is an English teacher has set up Alive Poets Society site for pupils to publish their own poetry. Schools can request access for their own area of the site. It looks like a wonderful idea to me! Great for encouraging pupils to write poetry, especially leading up to National Poetry Day (October 16th). For further details please contact Michael on firstname.lastname@example.org
There is some fantastic new material available if you are involved in teaching information literacy in your libraries. Members of the CILIP Information Literacy group and the School Libraries Group have been collaborating on documents to support the Teen Tech Awards, and they have produced some excellent sheets which are free to download which you can use in order to support teaching this subject. You can find the sheets here and more information about how to enter the Teen Tech Award here.
Lenny Dutton (@missedutton), a school librarian in the UK for quite a few years, and a Google Certified Teacher, has now moved to the States. However, she is still creating and sharing wonderful stuff, as this slideshow, which she has allowed me to share via my Slideshare (so that I could embed it) shows.
This is a great new video from MLS. It is not about advertising their product though, it is about promoting reading for pleasure. I was one of the people who helped with the ideas. Enjoy! You have permission to show it wherever you need it. Apply to MLS for any other permissions.
LitPick is a site I only found about recently, and it is one I really like the look of. Although the site is based in the US, it is just as relevant to your keen readers in the UK, or any other country where students are happy to read books in English. I contacted the people who run the site, just to check that there were no hidden costs, and was reassured that it was completely free to use. Students can join to review books, which are then sent to them as eBooks if they live outside of the United States. Once a student submits a review, it is evaluated by one of their adult underwriters. Feedback on the writing is given, and once the review is approved, the student is able to choose the next title. Students can sign up to Litpick here. Students can earn points and badges for good reviews as well as the feedback, which is invaluable. If you wish to sign up a group of students instead and have an overview on what they write, that is also possible here. I have spent a little while looking at this and thinking about it, and can see no downside. Pupils get to read new books, and they are theirs to keep. Have a look – we all have keen readers who would love to be the first to get their hands on a book! And, just to make clear, as with everything I post, I do not get any financial reward for posting this. Enjoy!
A lot of readers will already know about the amazing email list called School Librarians’ Network (SLN). In fact, most of the articles on Heart come from SLN members. But for those of you who have not caught up with this amazing resource, this is how you join. School Librarians’ Network is a Yahoo Group, and to join SLN you first have to have a Yahoo identity. This is quick and easy – just ensure that you put that you are a school librarian, or if your job is of interest to us. We have many authors on the list, for instance. There are 1000+ of us on there so it is probably best that you use a different email to your school one, as there are a large volume of emails a day. (You can of course access all emails straight on the site). SLN is a wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom – whatever you ask, someone, somewhere, has done it before and has great advice to offer. We also have a huge files section, worth it’s weight in gold! You won’t regret joining SLN, the brainchild of school librarian Elizabeth Bentley, who moderates the group. Simply send a blank email to :
to access the group. You will still need your Yahoo profile set up to access the files. Hope to see you there!
Cotsen Children’s Library has interviewed children’s authors since 2009, and has just made these interviews available for free as podcasts. There is a good mixture of well known authors on there – Philip Pullman, Sharon Creech, Joseph Delaney and Kaye Umansky, to name a few. To read about the programme, and how the author Lloyd Alexander inspired the interviews, see here. To read more about the featured authors including transcripts of the interviews, see here. This is a great archive that Cotsen Children’s Library has built up – thanks to them for making all of this freely available.
BiblioFiles artwork by Aliisa Lee. Used with permission.