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    Must Read Booklist 2014

    The Must Read posters are the sister set to the Teen Booklist and generally follow the same visual teme. That meant another 5 doodle art posters to draw. And I […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Wonder : The launch of the 2013 Tower Hamlets Book Award

    Wonder : The launch of the 2013 Tower Hamlets Book Award

    I’d returned to PhotoShop for this poster because I knew I could use it to work up a highly detailed piece fairly quickly. I hadn’t intended it, but some entrants […]

  • Over the bridge and far away

    Ah, the Dartford crossing in the grip of autumn fog after a day out at the Essex Schools Library services. It was (I hope, as I haven’t seen the feedback […]

  • Poster update: Wonder

    Now it’s getting there. We changed the theme from “Promise” to “Wonder” – it fitted the artwork better, and feedback from schools is that this is a better title, so I’m happy. […]

  • Do your homework!

    Have just been asked for some good places to get free e-books to put on tablets that a school have purchased. I found the above in my inbox this evening. […]

  • Making a pact with the devil

    This one’s a late evening rant. You have been warned. Because it doesn’t matter how many morons who think that librarians are too stuffy to design a library are recruited at huge […]

  • All pupils are equal…

    I’m desperate to find a school that will let it’s reluctant readers, it’s pupils who refuse to approach books, have a proper shot at reading in a novel way that […]

  • This is more like it (project update)

    One of our primary schools is the latest school to take part in my pilot and represents an interesting development in the project – in that it is no longer […]

  • Keeping up with the geeks (and a bit of sexism)

    Bashing Microsoft has long been a popular internet sport. It’s on par with blood sports in its viciousness, although perhaps not as nasty as Apple-fanboy baiting has become. Wild-eyed, rabid, […]

  • A self fullfilling prophecy

    … or “Why academics are unwittingly promoting racist propaganda.” Part of my work involves a yearly stint teaching online information skills, usually to 6th formers or KS4. Part of the […]

  • Minimum required specifications

    So, are eBooks and schools compatible? I’ve been running through scenarios of how school libraries could adopt digital texts and have whittled them down to two common choices: 1. “I’ve […]

  • CES Tablet PC Roundup From I haven’t been too fussed about tablet PCs recently since I found that the cheaper (read economical for schools) tablets such as the Elonex were garnering such […]

  • Controling interests (project update)

    My project has reached its fourth school, or rather it has returned to its second school. It is telling how much an invoice for a new iPod (even discounted) can […]

  • When does it become private education?

    From the Guardian State schools left behind in iPad revolution This carries on neatly from my posts The Apple School and Smile, it’s only a two tier education system. […]

  • Codec moments

    This isn’t really eBook related but there are parallels. Many of our schools appear to have bought flipcams for use in school projects. As an ex pat from the world […]

  • the Apple School

    A senior member of school staff recently commented that in the future “we will have to bite the bullet” and assume that all pupils will be able to supply their […]

  • Tablet PCs. The next big thing for schools?

      Elonex has recently caught my eye, mainly because the 7″ touchscreen Android tablet is on sale in Toys R Us amongst other suppliers for around £89. Although I haven’t […]

  • You shall not pass (sorry)

    Well, the iPods came back again today along with some feedback from the pupils. The one criticism of the project caught my eye as especially problematic to solve – the […]

  • Smile, it’s only a two tier education system

    If I was 7 years old today my parents would no doubt have bought me my own laptop, just as around 25 years ago we got our first home computer, […]

  • One down?

    It was innevitable, and I’m surprised they all made it this far, but plucky iPod number 5 has gone missing in action. Presumably another pupil will be thinking that Christmas […]

  • Using technology, parrot fashion

    Parrot fashion was how I (somehow) scraped a C in my French GCSE. I was never literate in the language, but the ability to string together a series of sounds […]