Bleublancrouge fights illiteracy with the Literacy Foundation by launching a new awareness campaign in honour of the tenth anniversary of The Gift of Reading®. The campaign is featured on TV, in print and on postcards.
Wiki New Zealand has just been launched and is a very interesting website supplying us with NZ data in a way that is accessible and informing. Knowing more about our country, what happens in it and how it affects us is something that is increasingly important to us all, and especially to our students. Finding that information is not always easy - to aid in this process is what Wiki New Zealand wants to do. Check it out.
This year all 21 classes at Raroa were introduced (or reintroduced) to the library and the way it works with a series of Library Treasure Hunts, that students accessed by scanning the QR codes around the library. With ipads and phones in hand they discovered where the fiction, non-fiction, comics, series and magazines lived. They watched videos (see below) to make sure they knew how to issue their own books and what would be available and expected of them in the Raroa library. It was a great way to get the kids moving around and to keep them engaged. Nothing like using a digital device or 10 to promote reading and independence.
I have always loved having Dorling Kindersley non-fiction books in our school library (and have great difficulty weeding them out even when they are falling apart!). Their children's books are ideally designed to appeal visually and content wise. This new online DK site - DKfindout! - does the same wonderful thing, with all sorts of subject matter collected together. Well worth a look as another place online for students to find reputable, safe content.