Information Services Centre
What is a library in 2018 and why is it a unique whole School facility and library media centre? Students and teachers use our beautiful library for many reasons: during class, researching, studying, revising. At recess and lunch students are either reading, using it as a 'hangout' space, playing games like chess and others, doing 'the' puzzle, or just reading in a quiet nook.
Puzzle: Natalia Covino and Emma Meredith.
ISC Book club from left: Hannah Fairweather, Genevieve Piercy, Jacinta Wyld, Jasmine Spencer, Emma Roberts, Natalia Hindle, Bronte Cunningham, Lucy Roberts, Grace Houghton, Pearl O’Connor, Jessica Ingle and Faith O’Connor.
The last two weeks have been exciting, with many students not only sharing stories of their holidays with us, but telling us about books they have read and enjoyed, and the ones they recommend we buy. Students strongly support the Borrowbox program (audio books) and are encouraging us to buy more content. Year 7s should have access to these through the School in the next week.
Digital content. The library, or Information Services Centre (the ISC) is also strongly encouraging students and their parents in Years 7, 8 and 9, to use the School database encyclopedia that we subscribe to, being The WorldBook Encyclopedia. This provides content that is accurate, reliable and in a language suitable for secondary students. To access this resource, students need to go through the School portal or log in from home. Passwords are on the Portal.
The more senior students will join the State Library of Victoria and will be guided through the vast range of resources available during dedicated Information sessions.
Clickview. All students at Garnsey campus have access to Clickview and I would encourage all parents to have a look at this with their children. Students can download programs to their laptop, watch and catch up on programs they may have missed, or improve their general knowledge. Clickview also produces their dedicated educational videos aligned with the Australian curriculum.
Throughout 2018, ISC staff will be working with teachers to help implement elements of the Digital Technologies curriculum into the School through the use of DLSR cameras and video cameras. These consist of using the green screen with Adobe Premier Pro; using Excel for charts, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Animate and After Effects, and assisting the VCE Media classes.
Mrs Reid and I will be continuing to take a variety of books to classes from different genres with accompanying book talks to entice more students into reading for pleasure. Topics covered will be the Holocaust, dystopian fiction and Human Interest Books. Next week, Literature Circles begins for Year 7 students. These are student-centred book discussion groups which enhances their understanding and appreciation of novels.
Finally, there will be two book clubs running throughout the year. A new Year 7 one starts next Wednesday, (the Wednesday Book Club) and the original ISC Book club meets every second Friday. Congratulations to our members of the ISC Book club who read over 1500 books between them in 2017!
Why should your child be reading?
Children need to acquire deep knowledge to learn effectively, and the digital age, where we can just 'google' for information is providing superficial knowledge. Reading further develops the student’s ability to think critically and carefully, provides them with a quiet, mindful space, and helps to develop good concentration skills. They learn how to understand the complex nature of the world as well as build their capacity for dealing with their own issues, relationships and ultimately, their transition to adulthood.
According to Dr Maryanne Wolf (Eminent Researcher Award and director of the Centre for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University in Boston), “The digital world is in fact changing attention, especially in the young brain, which is very susceptible. So you have addiction problems, you have children who are literally developing a reading brain circuit that is short circuited, that doesn't have the advantages because it's moving its attention sometimes 27 times an hour, they are not developing concentration…”