DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 2
2017 Volume 36, Issue 2 20 Contents Editorial Learning & teaching Research Share this Resource reviews This year’s shortlist contains a number of works by new authors, particularly in the category of Older Readers (suitable for high school) with four of the six nominated authors having written debut novels. For the first time, there are two self-published works in the category of information books (Eve Pownall). This illustrates the strength of publishing in Australia for children and young adults. Indeed, the numbers of works being submitted to the CBCA for consideration has again increased to well over 500. In a recent article by Linda Morris, the CBCA awards national chair, Professor Margot Hillel, recognised that ‘Australian contemporary children’s literature is thriving’, which is testament to the increasing numbers of books submitted for consideration, including high quality self-published works. If Book Week provides the stage or rationale, Oliver can be viewed as providing the tools the students and teachers can use. Using Oliver can be seen as a one-stop shop, providing access for students to write their reviews of the shortlisted titles, as well as for teachers and the teacher librarian to upload literature-based activities/links to the home page, specifically designed for Book Week. Screenshot – CBCA short list 2017 During Term 3, NSW school libraries have traditionally focused on children’s literature due to Book Week commencing around mid-August. With the shortlisted titles for awards being announced on 28 March, the interest and excitement builds from then, culminating in the announcement of the books which have been selected as either Book of the Year or receiving an Honour award on 18 August 2017. Book Week sets the stage for the exposure of students to quality Australian literature each year. It presents a wealth of opportunities to develop students’ skills, enabling them to: • think critically - evaluating/judging the shortlisted titles • create their own texts • communicate their opinions and feelings about texts • use digital technologies to create new information and products. A recent report published by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) entitled Digital Literacy Skills and Learning Report has examined the teaching of information and communication technologies in initial teacher education in NSW. The report recognised that there are opportunities to use and exercise digital literacies in every syllabus and in almost every situation. What was also expressed was the realisation that beginning teachers often lack digital literacy skills themselves. As leaders in information literacy, and more recently digital literacy, this presents an opportunity for teacher librarians to mentor and support beginning teachers, in addition to their students, in the acquisition of these skills through collaborative teaching. The focus on Book Week and shortlisted titles across a number of categories presents teacher librarians with many opportunities to use digital literacy to engage students and staff with fiction and nonfiction titles. Focus on quality literature This article illustrates the use of digital literacy as a framework for how Oliver may be used during Book Week to focus on quality literature, in this case any of the texts currently shortlisted for an award by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) in 2017. Additionally, other quality texts may be used as part of a focus on the 2017 Book Week theme, ‘Escape to everywhere’.
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