Having an online library management system provides both primary and secondary schools with a whole host of benefits that enables them go above and beyond promoting reading for enjoyment at school…
Manage your school library with ease
With thousands of books to keep track of, you need a system to help simplify the administration associated with running your library. With Reading Cloud, simply scan the ISBN barcode and the system does the rest. Reading Cloud then automatically adds information such as the title, author, synopsis and images. Schools can track and trace resources easily, and manage the books leaving and being returned to the library, helping to inform purchasing decisions for popular books and reduce stock loss.
Support student learning
Engaging students to read to support their learning can be a challenge – Reading Cloud allows students to create their own profiles and avatars, and add and chat to friends to share their thoughts about their favourite books and authors. An automatic list of recommended reads helps students pick books similar to ones they have previously enjoyed. Teachers can also reward avid readers and make interventions for any reluctant readers by tracking this through the system.
Meeting curriculum objectives
Teachers can create targeted reading lists for specific year groups or class sets to support curricular topics. Reading Cloud’s catalogue search function encourages children to actively search their school library online to develop their information seeking skills, whilst the blogging and reviewing area where students can write about their favourite books and authors, builds their confidence, social skills and understanding of texts.
Drive parental engagement
Reading Cloud is accessible from any internet enabled device, meaning that parents can also access Reading Cloud at home. Parents can monitor their child’s reading progress and assist with writing and filming book reviews to engage with their child’s learning. Parents can also scan a book’s ISBN through the mobile app and get information on whether it’s in the school library.
Track and evidence reading initiatives
The ability to track, report on and identify key reading trends in your school will prove invaluable when it comes to reporting for Ofsted. With the key statistics Reading Cloud provides, you can see how many pupils are using your library, compare users by demographics and see the most popular titles in your school. You can also compare the most popular books and authors across the complete Reading Cloud database, giving you an indication of which books to purchase for your school.
As the Reading Cloud continues to develop I have no doubt that it will increasingly be an integral part of the school’s library services and literacy teaching.
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School