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Virtual Book Launch- “A Boy Like Me”

From Townsville to Tasmania students and librarians participated in the virtual launch of Libby Hathorn’s latest picture book “A Boy Like Me”. The book is a very special picture book written in poetic form about peace and illustrated in a “painterly way”.Together with the book’s illustrator Bruce Whatley, Libby read the book to over 200 students from the Hutchens School, Bondi, Cameray, Curl Curl North, Gymea Bay, St Ives North and Woollhara Public Schools. Librarians from Townsville and the NSW Department of Education and Communities participated as well.


Using a combination of technologies a SMART Board, a SMART Document Camera, Bridgit software and Polycom Video Conferencing, Libby and Bruce were able to turn the pages of their book for students and librarians  to view across the nine sites.


Students and librarians were able to ask the author and illustrator the questions that mattered to them. Using the document camera the relevant pages of the text could be shared with all the sites to illustrate key points in the text to answer their questions.


Finally at the end of the discussion like all good book launches there was a book signing. Libby and Bruce picked up the pens from the SMART Board Multi-touch and signed the “shared book” together for all the students and librarians to see.


Look for other opportunities to video conference with Libby Hathorn an ambassador for the National Year of Reading and other authors on our video conferencing events calendar.


Sea Eagles Video Conference for National Year of Reading


On 28th February the Manly Sea Eagles will video conference with schools and talk about their “Sea Eagles Read” program. This program uses First Grade Rugby League players as mentors and tutors in weekly reading sessions in schools. www.seaeagles.com.au/default.aspx?s=community-sea-eagles-read

At ELECTROBOARD we are developing a program of video conferencing events and as it is the National Year of Reading we will be providing events hosted by authors.  For instance on April 3 Belinda Murell will speak to students via video conferencing. www.love2read.org.au

Belinda is the author of The Locket of Dreams (shortlisted for the 2011 KOALA awards,  2011 YABBA awards, 2011 COOL awards, 2010 WAYBRA awards and Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award), The Ruby Talisman (NSW Premiers Reading Challenge) and The Ivory Rose (out May 1). She is also an Author Ambassador for Room to Read.

Video conferencing with inspirational leaders from our community provides students with an opportunity to learn 21st century communication skills through curriculum related outcomes. Look for further events on our website www.seeshareshape.com.au

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