Teachers are encouraged to look beyond the traditional ideas of literacy

1st May 2009 at 01:00

Reference to Edinburgh's "book" festival is no longer quite accurate, as continuing professional development events make clear: this year, teachers will be encouraged to look beyond traditional ideas of literacy.

Technology and Literacy (August 24, 5-6pm) is a panel event which will show how video games, the internet and other forms of ICT might help pupils get to grips with literature. Panellists will include Australian "cyber-journalist" Lili Wilkinson, computer scientist Judy Robertson and Bill Boyd of Learning and Teaching Scotland.

Children and education programme director Sara Grady stresses that the discussion will concentrate on classroom practice, rather than theory. The use of Glow - the intranet for Scottish schools - in the classroom will be part of the debate.

Visual Literacy, Learning and Graphic Novels (August 20, 5-6pm) will show how comics can inspire pupils. The session will be taken by Mel Gibson, who wrote the LTS resource "Graphic Novels in the Classroom".

Ms Grady believes the UK is beginning to catch up with countries such as France, Germany and Japan, where graphic novels are a valid form of literature and not looked down upon as pulp fiction or "for kids". She says it is a good time, therefore, for serious events about comic books in the classroom.

Also on the bill is learning and creativity guru Guy Claxton (August 31, 5-6pm), in a session called Creating Enthusiastic Learners. He argues that the main aim of education is to form "engaged individuals who are prepared for the wider world". He will explore how schools can support successful and confident learners.

Creativity and innovation will be the focus of Curriculum for Excellence: Inspiring Excellence (August 18, 5-6pm). Brian Boyd, one of the minds behind the new curriculum, will look at how to put it into practice.

"Relaxing in Charlotte Square and hearing stimulating debate on the last of the summer evenings is a great way to earn CPD credits," Ms Grady says.

Tickets to each of the events for teachers cost Pounds 5.

Book festival

August 15-31, 2009

Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

For school bookingsenquiries:

T: 0131 718 5651

E: schools@edbookfest.co.uk

Questions about authors or event content: E: sara@edbookfest.co.uk

Relevant books can be supplied in advance, at a 25 per cent discount with free postage and packing.

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