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iCan with an iPad

Course Details:

Are you considering or do you already have idevices in your school? Are you confident that you know all of the functions of the device? Using idevices (iPads, iTouces or iPhones) can be a way of capturing the interest of reluctant readers, encouraging young people to write for pleasure and they can be very powerful when used for teaching and learning but finding effective apps in the maze of the App Store can be problematic and very time consuming. Some apps can be fairly expensive and it’s hard to judge which are worth spending your precious budget on – are they ‘wow’ enough to justify the expense? This course will help you to be confident that you know how best to utilise the features of the device to suit your needs, working from basic functions such as effective use of keyboard functions to more advanced facilities - locking students in to one app for example.  Literacy apps will be showcased, especially engaging, exciting interactive book apps and apps that allow you to encourage students to write creatively and with enjoyment. Practicalities will also be addressed such as how can you buy apps safely  and which functions can you use to facilitate use by students with learning difficulties such as Dyslexia . There are many apps that can be used for reading for pleasure promotion that would not necessarily come to mind at first and you will be given a bank of ideas to enable you to use such apps confidently 

Suggestions for good Android apps will also be covered but the main emphasis will be on idevices because of the difficulty of showing Android apps via a projector.

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, SLA Website Content Manager and Editor, SLA Digital.  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!

Feedback from Course:

'Wonderful presenter, enthusiastic about books and technology for teaching and learning so made it all enjoyable and informative.'  LRC Manager, Copley Academy

'A very friendly and relaxed atmosphere, making it easy to ask questions. Extremely accessible.'  LRC Manager, Queen Katherine School

'An extremely, inspiring course.'  School Librarian, Merchant Taylors' School

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school library staff, public library staff

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.