RM Books have become an integral part of lessons
See first-hand how teachers at Shireland Collegiate Academy add educational value to books using Book Notes overlays.
Teachers add audio, video, links, text and discussion overlays to fully engage their students in their flipped learning. They add fun quizzes to test students' comprehension.
Checking the auto-marked quiz results ahead of the next lesson, Shireland's teachers then personalise their next interactions with their students.
Teachers can personalise a text, they can contextualise it for their own setting
The Senior Leadership Team at Shireland Collegiate Academy were looking for a tool that could support their vision to flip the classroom. Flipped Learning is a pre-learning methodology designed to make the most of teaching time, enabling students learn the subject at home and debate it in the classroom.
It gives you challenges to do which makes you think more about the book
On discovering the annotation tools available in RM Books, Shireland Collegiate Academy had found a soltuion that supported this method of teaching. Students are allocated books to read at home, along with a set of annotations such as videos, audio, images and hyperlinks added to the book by the teacher. Students complete the quizzes within the books which are self-marked and presented back to the teacher, ready for their next lesson. This invaluable data provides the teacher with information to frame their lesson - which topics should they spend more time on, which students need more help.
Using the new annotations, the academy found:
When asked about their favourite annotations, students at Shireland Collegiate Academy show a preference for watching video.
Their reading age had progressed about 4 months without RM Books, but with RM Books we found their reading age progressed over 10 months
1) Investigate which books support the topic you are teaching
Use the search facility in RM Books to locate titles using topic and subject keywords and synonyms. There are a wide range of filters available to help you drill down and find titles that are going to be of most benefit to your students. You can also shortlist books using the wishlist.
When you have discovered the title you require, allocate the book to yourself or add the necessary number of copies to the school library.
2) Use the new annotation tools to add interactivity to an ebook
You can choose to add, Text, Weblinks, YouTube videos, Images, your own video, Audio, Attachments, Quizzes or Comments.
Once created your book notes are stored separately from the books, so even if the book rental period has expired you still have your book notes for next time. You can also push your book note annotations to individual or groups of students. Divide the book annotation task between teaching colleagues and share each other's annotated books.
I quite enjoy creating the overlays, it makes you really think as a teacher just how much scope there is around the literature
3) Introduce your project to your students
If students are accessing books from the library, make sure you have allocated them the annotations via the Book Notes tab prior to introducing the project - these can be allocated to an individual or group of students.
When the students borrow the book they will have the option to accept your notes.
4) Use auto-marked quiz dashboard to personalise your next interaction
You can easily monitor which students are reading which books and for how long using the reporting section on RM Books.
After using the quiz facility to test the student's knowledge and understanding of the subject, the assessment reports show you the auto-marked results in an actionable dashboard.
I let the children select [books] themselves, because I do feel with RM Books that the thing the children really love is the idea that they can choose, they have some ownership