The Living Book combines reading and digital creativity
to promote a love for reading among 9-15 year-old students.


The Living Book story

Chapter 1: What’s at stake?

In the EU, 1/5 of 15 year-olds are low achievers in reading.

Groups at higher risk of poor performances include students from socio-economically disadvantaged families, those with less well educated parents and those from migrant backgrounds.

Reading has fallen out of fashion with youngsters all over Europe.

In the UK, in one recent year the number of 11 to 17 year olds who do not read at all has more than doubled from 13% to 27%

Poor reading performance combined with a general disinterest for reading has long-term consequences, both for the individual and for society.

Reading is a primary skill, the one that allows us to ‘be’ and live in a complex world, to make free and responsible choices as citizens, to work at a higher level, and to enjoy our lives more fully.

Chapter 2: An answer

Inspired by the Internet of Things, which refers to the possibility of connecting the internet to the world of physical objects, the project wants to connect the physical book to the digital world to turn it into a ‘Living Book’. An intense-lived experience for young readers who can participate, transform and augment what they are reading, thus applying digital competences, collaborating with peers, developing reading skills and, ultimately, being more engaged in book reading.

 

The Living Book blended approach

A comprehensive framework for developing teachers’ ability to support students in growing the reading skills and love for reading
and to help parents back this strategy at home.

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Classroom-based collaborative and task-oriented activities promoting book reading and understanding

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Application of emerging digital technologies to the traditional text-based book to help students interpret stories and reconstruct them in their own eyes

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Social offline and online dynamics leading to the creation of communities of book readers across EU

Chapter 3: Plenty of resources

The Living Book Guidelines

An e-publication providing a methodological framework for increasing pupils’ reading skills and motivation to book reading, and for making a correct use of digital technologies for this purpose.

The Living Book Library

Open Educational resource that conjugates Reading and Digital Creativity to bring books to life! A “world” of resources for teachers and students across EU and beyond to read, socialise and apply digital skills.

Lesson plans and toolkits

8 modules divided according to the age of students, both for humanistic disciplines and sciences/technologies area. The plans provide teachers with examples and ideas on how to integrate the living book methodologies into their classroom activities.

Training Course for Augmented teachers

A comprehensive training curriculum articulated in 8 sessions to develop knowledge and skills in teaching and learning using the Living Book approach.

training course on parental engagement

A training offer to equip parent educators and teachers with the required competences to provide professional guidance to parents in how to best support children’s development in reading through the adoption of the Living Book approach.

Mobility for augmented readers

4 short term exchanges of groups of pupils in Cyprus, Estonia, Romania and Portugal to foster the activation of trans-boundaries communities of young readers.

Chapter 4: Who's behind the project?

Chapter 5: Be an augmented teacher

The Living Book needs teachers from different disciplines (Humanities, ICT and Technology) to test our resources! We need you!


Why should you engage with us?

• To experiment a new model in your classroom to convince the most reluctant students to start reading while strengthening their digital skills and creativity
• To join flexible and high quality training opportunities and courses for your professional development
• To get a Certification as Augmented Teacher and support us in disseminating the model and resources in your territory
• To strengthen your European profile and boost the internationalisation of your school by joining a local team of highly qualified teachers

CHAPTER 6: GET INVOLVED!

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