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Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

Course Details:

Encouraging young people to read for pleasure is naturally at the forefront of all of our minds but it’s not always an easy task. There are so many other attractive passtimes open to our students that sometimes reading can seem a poor alternative to computer games etc.  You may already be using Accelerated Reader to ramp up the excitement but are you using it to your students’ best advantage? 

This course will enhance your use of Accelerated Reader and give you a more in-depth knowledge of how best to use it to make sure your school is a ‘reading school’.  You will consider recently released, exciting new books and some older favourites which you may not be aware of, as well as acquiring a toolkit of online resources that you can use to promote reading. 

By the end of the day, participants will have a better knowledge of the use of Accelerated Reader for users, and updated information about books and genres. They will return to their schools with a ideas of online resources that can really help students of all ages get excited about picking up a book and bring reading into the digital world that they already inhabit.

Trainer: Bev Humphrey

Bev Humphrey is now a Literacy and Technology Consultant after spending 10 years as a school librarian.  She worked in an all boys secondary school in South East London and during this time developed a passion for encouraging her students to read and write for pleasure, often using online media to do so.  She was given a Reading Hero Award by the Literacy Trust at the end of the National Year of Reading for her work during this year and her international collaborative writing project, the Write Path was shortlisted for a Times Educational Supplement New Literacy Initiative Award in 2009 and has twice been shortlisted for a Lemos and Crane Literacy Award.  Bev also worked with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as a Lead Practitioner for literacy.  As a consultant Bev has presented at seminars and conferences all over the country for E2BN, Renaissance Learning, CILIP, SLG and SLA amongst others.  A self-confessed geek, Bev lives much of her life online and loves using exciting new technology as a motivator for young people’s learning.  She is a member of the SLA Board and Editor – ICT@SLA.  Bev is at her happiest when enlightening colleagues in education about the possibilities of literacy presented by new technologies for enthusing young people about reading and writing for pleasure or when she is working with school librarians who are of course her favourite people!

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session)

Venues and Dates:

  • 24 November 2016, 09:30-15:00: Eccles Library, Eccles Gateway, 28 Barton Lane, Eccles, Manchester M30 0TU [Map]
    Special attendance fee applies for delegates who are non-members of the SLA but work in schools which subscribe to Salford SLS.
  • 29 November 2016, 09:30-15:00: Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill, Walthamstow, London E17 9RZ [Map]


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