Friday, 5 February 2016

The Reading Cloud - One Year Old!

The Reading Cloud is a year old!

Here is a little reminder.

 The Reading Cloud is a fantastic online reading community designed to engage students, parents, teachers and librarians in reading for pleasure.

The system allows pupils, staff and parents to view our school library catalogue online and pupils are encouraged to use this to help with research, to write reviews about books they have read, blog about what they are reading and their favourite authors and search for new books and other library resources.

Children also have the ability to chat about books with their friends in this safe environment.  Staff will be using this too to ensure that it is moderated and used sensibly.  The chat facility will allow us to introduce the idea of social networking for children in a safe environment which is focussed around reading.  We would also encourage children to use the ‘Home Library’ function to catalogue books they have at home which can then be shared with friends.

The system includes a fantastic new feature called ‘Who Next’ which recommends new books and authors based on the books that your child has already read.  You will be able to use this feature at home to help your child select their next book.

You can access the system via the school website under the 'Library' tab or directly using the following link:

If you have access to an iPhone, iPod touch or Android phone, then you can also download a new App called ‘iMLS’ to access the library from those devices.  The app is available from the App Store and Android Market.

Having the library accessible in this way and having parents engaged with reading, will help to support our commitment to improving literacy standards.

Your child's username and password are on their library card or in their school diary.

If you need a reminder of your child's username or password or need any assistance using the READING CLOUD please contact the School Librarian.

We hope you are enjoying the new facility.

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