Reaching your students anytime: How Reading Cloud can promote reading and research remotely

  By Sue Polchow   - Tuesday 26 May 2020

Did you know that you can signpost curricular weblinks, star reviews, recommended authors, book trailers and book lists using Reading Cloud for the school community to access wherever they are? Are you eager to let your students know about recommended reads and homework help?

Recently as part of the ongoing Reading Cloud Customer Success webinar programme, I put together a webinar all about using Reading Cloud tools and features to promote literacy and curricular initiatives with your students. During the session we looked at how to create and push out recommended reading lists to a range of audiences such as must reads for individual students and reading groups or coursework assignment lists for form groups or year groups.

We explored how to choose a featured author, star reviewer and book of the week - all ideas that are bound to get your students thinking about their reading choices. Readers may then want to share their thoughts on what they have enjoyed reading and we looked at how the review area enables the inclusion of prompts to assist students with writing book reviews and also has the option for videoing a review, both activities which could be set as a homework task.

During the webinar, I also showed how the Links function could highlight curricular websites and e-resource portals and is also a popular place to add book trailers and book award links. We then looked at the community data dashboard to see popular books and authors by key stage with school library readers all over the country. In addition to this, there are reporting tools which can generate lots of information about reading patterns identified from past loans within your school library. These insights into reading trends can generate lots of reading related facts and figures, ideal to share with parents wishing to help their children with exploring new authors works and choosing what to read next.

I do hope that you get chance to view this webinar as it demonstrates the range of features available to enhance Reading Cloud for optimum student engagement. Hopefully it will inspire you to try some of the suggested ideas within your Reading Cloud library system and see the immediate effects. Once published your content can be instantly viewed by your student audience although some things such as sending in reviews or viewing tailor-made reading lists will require them to log in. If you haven’t already enabled remote access for your student community, don’t worry as there is also a webinar available on the Customer Resources Hub which covers everything you need to know about creating student logins for enabling anytime, anywhere access. Here are the links below:

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