National Literacy Network – eLiteracy at Sciennes

Sciennes was delighted to be invited to Stirling Management Centre on Thursday 8th November to share ideas and practice with colleagues from across the country. Published author and Sciennes’ parent, Mary Turner Thomson, was able to share how her innovative and enterprising “Pencilling Creative Ideas” project has enabled three successive P7 year groups to become published authors themselves. Workshops on writing, editing, illustrating and marketing have provided a real life context to explore what is involved in publishing a book and our pupils’ books are available in bookstores, on Amazon and Kindle.

“On the Line
“On the Line” Kindle edition
“Mother Nature’s Children”
“Mother Nature’s Children” Kindle edition

Time Education Supplement Article

We also shared how we had created an ebook published in iTunes for our school’s 120th Anniversary, using sponsorship from the Big Lottery Fund and Growing Confidence scheme. The first instalment is available as a download.

This book was produced using a Mac computer and iBooks Author software, with some of the content coming from a Google Doc, some from an existing printed Centenary Booklet which was digitised using OCR software and some content from pupils using iPads. This book could only be published using a Mac computer and the downloaded book can only be viewed on an iPad.

Sciennes is part of a national 1:1 pilot using iPads in one P6 and one P7 class. Children in the P7 class with Ms French have created their own ebooks from scratch using an app called Book Creator.

Fiona Barker’s innovative practice in using a Wikispace for ‘Big Writing’ and Reading Conferencing was also highlighted.

We have had tremendous support from Susan Varga of City of Edinburgh Libraries and we shared how their Overdrive app gives access to hundreds of free ebooks and resources on our pupils’ iPads.

Sciennes was also fortunate to be invited to make a presentation at Glasgow Science Centre on Thursday 1st November at the Association of Directors of Education (ADES) Technology Conference where we shared how 1:1 iPads are enabling greater personalisation and choice within learning and teaching.