DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 2
2017 Volume 36, Issue 2 26 Contents Editorial Learning & teaching Research Share this Resource reviews This activity engaged students in a task that was authentic, relevant and enjoyable. They applied critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students working collaboratively to solve the Oliver Twist mystery Share the learning Oliver is much more than a library management system. For all NSW public schools, Oliver is a valuable teaching and learning tool that engages students to access information and develop critical reading choices. Teacher librarians are encouraged to share their teaching strategies and ideas as they build their confidence in using the extensive features of Oliver. The department social media group, SLS forum in Yammer, is an ideal portal for the sharing of these ideas. This forum can be access through the staff portal. Digital breakout One of the highlights of this celebration was Mandy Kirk’s lesson for Year 7 students that showcased the teaching and learning potential of Oliver. Mandy presented a ‘Digital breakout’ activity called Oliver Twist. The activity was developed using the software Breakout EDU digital that provided the framework for a game-based scenario. Using the Oliver library management system, students were required to solve a series of problems to unlock a number of codes that would ultimately enable the students to establish where the character Oliver was enjoying a holiday. Year 7 students participating in a Digital breakout activity Students searched the catalogue to gather information needed to solve a number of puzzles. The puzzles involved identifying cataloguing subjects, Dewey numbers, book titles, and solving pictograms. Students worked collaboratively as a group to solve the mystery. Oliver’s Orbit interface As students select books, they are encouraged to be more critical about their reading choices and to share their opinions with others. Using emotive and persuasive language, students compose book reviews to share with other students within Orbit. Students draw on their knowledge of books, their opinions and preferences to work collaboratively to construct stage appropriate reading lists. Julie Grazotis acknowledges that the students at Banks Public School are confident and proficient users of Oliver for borrowing, searching and research. The functions and features of Oliver can be applied to the syllabus, especially in English. Students develop skills in persuasive language, point-of-view and critical thinking. Oliver provides students and teachers with a valuable port of communication to connect with information and literature.
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