if:book uk has run imaginative projects in schools exploring new media writing and the future of the book, including Found, funded by Booktrust and working with actor Toby Jones and Queensbridge School Birmingham with whom we continue to maintain strong links.
Project Wonda with author Aoife Mannix ran in three London primary schools; The Story Park and Set Poetry Free are currently in their pilot phase.
The Hotbook ran with three secondary schools across the UK, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and has been downloaded and used by many more.
We’ve run CPD days for schools, given talks to teachers and school librarians, written articles on education and spoken at the Festival of Education 2012 and Heart of English at the RSA in 2013… Contact chris at ifbook dot co dot uk to discuss how we might work with your school.
HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO INSTALL AND USE HOTBOOK
A FREE DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCE FOR TEACHING LITERATURE AT YEAR 8, FUNDED BY THE ESMEE FAIRBAIRN FOUNDATION.
«The Great Wipe hath irrayzed much of world culcha, butta few bits of licheracha haveth bn found – pleez help mi choose most bestest 2 exxibit»
- the curator of a history of the book 2/2/3010
This message is being beamed from the future to secondary students in the UK via HOTBOOK, a ground breaking and free digital resource created by if:book.
HOTBOOK aims to ignite a passion for literature (past, present and future) by introducing and exploring fragments of great works and presenting them in a way that will excite an audience that is more at ease with an electronic game or gadget than a book and with people who spend time social networking rather than reading.
HOTBOOK is a free digital literature project for Years 8 and 9, designed to run over 6 weeks. Teachers can download the free software and access 40 short pieces of digital literature (or ‘litch bits’) including poems, play scripts, extracts from novels and non-fiction. Each week they release a new batch of ‘litch bits’ for students, which starts with a message from the future by the mysterious Curator.
The software is a self-contained social network. Once the HOTBOOK is installed on a school system, teachers and students can log on to read and comment on each litch bit. The accompanying Anthology and Teachers’ Guide includes texts of all the litch bits, with classroom activities for each one.
‘These are a fantastically creative set of multi modal resources with which to deliver the rich experience of both language and literature at the heart of the revised curriculum at KS3.′
- Ellie Clarke, Head of English at Queensbridge School
In the HOTBOOK poems and extracts from plays, novels, non-fiction texts and broadcasts are presented as short films, Flash animations, podcasts and HTML web pages. They include Macbeth’s “Tomorrow, and tomorrow” speech as stop frame animation, Christina Rossetti’s poem “Spring” performed by cartoon rabbits, a rap version of Chaucer’s Prologue, an animated version of Benjamin Zephaniah’s “Talking Turkeys” and a story of computer gamers by cult sci-fi author Cory Doctorow.
HOTBOOK also includes rebooted classics and new commissions from award-winning contemporary writers such as Daljit Nagra, Kate Pullinger and Naomi Alderman, who were asked to write examples of the literature of the future.
Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, HOTBOOK is conceived as a way to help less confident readers stay interested in literature at an age when many young people start to switch off from books. We are very grateful to Everythingweb.net for generously providing hosting support.
HOTBOOK has been piloted in three schools and thoroughly evaluated by the Research Team at Booktrust.
if:book also runs CPD workshops for schools. Contact us for further information and to discuss your needs.
Schools booking for a workshop can also receive a free, live online chat with the HOTBOOK Curator