This is another fantastic resource from Teen Librarian author Matt Imrie. (@mattlibrarian) This resource is aimed at teaching the Dewey Decimal System to primary school children. Matt has generously allowed this as a free download so long as you credit him as the source. Enjoy!
Lenny Dutton, the inspirational @missedutton who calls herself – rightly – An Excited Educator, has once more come up with a great video and a way of engaging pupils using the interactive quiz tool Kahoot. Read about it on her blog, and watch the video to be inspired!
The Hay Levels is a new YouTube channel, with 3-5 minute short films by leading academics and experts on various subjects to do with AL subjects. They include Simon Singh talking about the Big Bang Theory, Marcus du Sautoy talking about Trigonometry and Logarithms, Richard Dawkins on Irreducible Complexity in religion and Simon Schama on the Weirdness of History. Great as lesson starters to get pupils thinking – and free!
If your school is teaching the EPQ this year, you may want to consider this free course from FutureLearn, which is designed specifically around the EPQ. These courses are free, online and developed by universities. There are lots of other courses on there too, which you may want to point your students towards.
There has been a discussion recently on SLN (School Librarians Network). If you don’t know about it, this is a Yahoo Group and a very valuable source of information – most of the information on Heart comes from this group. However, the discussion was about how you could use the extremely popular programme/app Minecraft in schools. Sarah Pavey from Box Hill School in Surrey – one of the most innovative school librarians I know – sent me details of a project that she does with Year 7 pupils. She has created a video which she has uploaded to YouTube for us, and has also included her lesson planning sheet which you will find in the Files section to the right, entitled ‘Castles’. Sarah decided to replace the building part of the lesson where Year 7 pupils brought castles they built at home with virtual reality instead using Minecraft to construct the castles. Sarah told me:
Year 7 do a module on concentric castle design. The subject teacher has already covered the basics in terms of history of design. We begin with a joint lesson between myself and the subject teacher in the classroom. We turn the class into architects for the queen/king (history teacher) and we explain that the ruler is on a generous but limited budget for their new castle and wants to make sure they get the latest features while at the same time it is safe and good value for money. We get them to brainstorm ideas collectively and then to argue why they should have that feature eg if they suggest having a portcullis I will ask them why on earth I want a gate with holes in it when I could have a solid one etc etc. Next we look at the books they might use for information so we give each pair of students in the class a couple of books and they have to explain to the rest of the class how they might use that book for research or why they might reject it. Then I show them a few websites on screen. Third part is that we tell them every good architect has a model to explain their ideas to a potential client but they can opt for a hi tech or lo tech option and there will be a prize for the top 3 in each category and then an overall winner. Each architect has to build their own. So lo-tech is models made of various materials including lego or cake (very yummy chocolate cake last year!!!) and the hi-tech include Minecraft. Basically with Minecraft they build the interior and exterior of the castle and then use something like Screencast-o-matic or their iPad to film it and add a commentary as they walk around it. We do research sessions in the library. Once all the entries are in I go back to the classrooms and award points for research, presentation etc and the class teacher does the history content.
Matt Imrie (@mattlibrarian) has been working on a way of explaining plagiarism in a contemporary way for students at his school to really understand the issues. This is his presentation, and I think he puts the issue over really well. Matt is happy for you to use and adapt his presentation for your own students.
Once again, Philippa Godwin from Alde Valley School has generously shared some amazing documents with us. She has prepared lesson plans for Visual Literacy, and you will find these in the files section to the right of the page. Again, she has generously shared them in Word so that you can adapt them to what suits you – but do please acknowledge her hard work and generosity in doing this for us. A big thank you to people who are happy to share their hard work with us all!
When CILIPSLG visited the award winning library at the Duston School, we were shown a copy of their library skills booklet that every student works through. We were invited to take copies home for ourselves, and I was so impressed that I asked if I could share it with you all on Heart. As well as downloading from the Issuu site, you can download from the Box files as well. Visit the school webpage here: http://thedustonschool.org/ If you have similar booklets you would like to share with us, please email me on the Contact address.
Have you wanted to dip your toe into Twitter, but been held back by a lack of know-how? Well now you can jump straight in, with a new How-To Guide created by John Iona. Beautifully simple with clear pictures, you will soon be tweeting away! Have a look in the How To folder in the Box files on the right of the Heart front page, to download your copy now. If you use or reproduce anything in any of the folders, please have the courtesy to acknowledge the librarian who put a lot of hard work into creating these resources. Thank you!