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John Seely Brown

The web has just begun to have an impact on our lives. As fascinated as we are with it today, we’re still seeing it in its early forms… My belief is that not only will the web be as fundamental to society as electrification but that it will be subject to many of the same diffusion and absorption dynamics as that earlier medium.

Readers and Reading


Choosing literary texts for the Australian curriculum
Recommended texts presented by Deb McPherson, Ernie Tucker and Helen Sykes @ ETANSW Conference 2011.  This comprehensive review of texts will assist English teachers in selecting texts adopting the Australian Curriculum.  Texts are listed under the ACARA Cross Curriculum Priorities: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Sustainability.

Literacy campaigns: Access to books is the first step
Article by Stephen D Krashen, author of The Power of Reading.  '"Reluctant" readers are often those who have little access to books: Worthy and McKool (1996) studied 11 sixth graders who "hated to read." Nine of the 11 had little access to interesting reading material at home or in school, and none had visited the public library during the previous year.... Ironically, even though all were described as "reluctant readers," all appeared to be quite enthusiastic about "light reading" (e.g. comics).'

Getting kids to Read: Motivating Reluctant Readers
A collection of good ideas shared by Australian teacher Andrea Kelley who says 'The most important thing a parent can do when helping their children to read is to show that they value it.' 

Reading development - Scholastic
Designed for parents but useful to all with an interest in the development of a love of reading. This site has a wealth of information on the topic.

Encouraging reluctant readers and avid readers
From Focus on Fiction, a chart of comparisons between avid and reluctant readers may assist when planning literature programs for your students.

Books and Reading group
Located on Education Network Australia's (EdNA) site, this public group for all those interested in children's and young adult literature, particularly by Australian authors. You are encouraged to get involved in discussion and the sharing of teaching materials and resource lists.

Premier's Reading Challenge - Vic | NSW | Qld | WA | ACT | Tas | SA |
The Premier's Reading Challenge [named Premiers' Reading Challenge] is a state-based national event for all students in Prep to Year 10. The aim is to promote a love of reading. It is not a competition, but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.