School: Bourchier Street Primary School, Victoria, Australia
Date: November 24, 2015
Since introducing ePlatform in August 2014, Bourchier Street Primary School has enjoyed a boom in book borrowing. More than 4,300 eBooks have been loaned in just over a year. That’s an average of over 350 loans a month – not bad for a school of 600 students.
And it hasn’t been the death knell for hardcopy books. Tracy Fitzpatrick, Teacher Librarian at the School says that ePlatform hasn’t replaced the borrowing of hard copy books – on the contrary, she says: “It’s actually enhanced it”. “We have found that most students will still borrow a hard copy text each week, however pupils are using the eBook library to borrow from their classrooms or homes.”
Winning kids with the cool factor
Technology like iPads and mobile devices are the playground of the young – and ePlatform fits into this landscape. Tracy expands on this – “We have found that boys, and senior students in particular have enjoyed reading from iPads – it has made it cooler to read. ePlatform has also supported our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programme really well.”
It’s keeping interest up during lessons too. “Our school has a massive push on Just Right reading time so the students use the ePlatform during this time in the classroom,” says Tracy.
Key reasons for success