The story of the girl shot by the Taliban for speaking up for women’s education is one of idealism and stubborn courage, and a reminder that women’s rights and many children’s rights to education are continually threatened. Barr’s moving, funny, inspiring memoir of growing up gay in Motherwell is a virtuoso piece of autobiography that paints a vivid portrait of our country’s recent past. Through the life of radical poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, we gain a vivid portrait of how post-World War I Europe led to fascism.
Heartbreaking but not without hope, this is a beautifully written love letter to the family lost in the 2004 tsunami and an account of grief and living with it. A 13-year-old Japanese autistic boy’s explanation of how he sees the world is fascinating and insightful. This fascinating account of Britain’s biggest imperial disaster, the first Afghan war, is a lesson for our times. Hastings’s immensely readable epic history runs from the outbreak of war until Christmas 1914.
Laing explores why six masters of American modernism might have been so haunted by alcoholism. Solomon writes about the challenges of families who have been marked out as different by disability, illness, circumstances or desire. A book about the lives of others and others’ problems, clearly and persuasively written by a leading psychoanalyst, that may tell you a great deal about yourself. This lavishly presented selection of works ranges from 1989 to 2012, across genres and continents. As gripping as a Le Carre thriller, this is the remarkable story of two Germans who took radically different paths in life that converged when one tracked the other down as part of the British War Crimes Investigation Team.
An engrossing compendium tracing transatlantic pop from the post-war youth explosion to the digital revolution. The winner of the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award is a cracking yarn that brings together a criminal underclass, drugs, sex, gambling and royalty.
What happens when you give creative tools to students and allow them to use their own voice?


In 2012 her school, Sinarmas World Academy, decided to embark on a huge publishing project with the aim of publishing 1,000 books in 7 months! This is the story of her students who went on to become published authors with an international audience. My students are each creating a resource that will be available for download across the world. The books that they are creating are giving them a platform to share their work as a finished product. Writing a book is a fantastic way to make connections in learning and to reflect on learning. Each student wrote an explanation about a body system and an information report about a focus part of that body system. They also had to create a movie showing an experiment or demonstration that linked to the body system. I have read the books many, many times to check for spelling, grammar, factual text, that the facts have been reported correctly and information cited properly. Like I said, it is a BIG process but then again we are really publishing these books and putting them online. As these children are under 13 years old, I invite the parents to come to school where I help them to set up the iTunes and iTunes Connect accounts.
After about 2 months I took a look at the download stats for 6 students who had recently published to the Apple iBookstore.
We learned that in the US, Australia, Canada, the UK and the Netherlands, some or even all of these students are ranked in the top 200 downloads.
Jane Ross is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Digital Literacy Coach at Jakarta Intercultural School.
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Running from her 1925 birth until the end of the Falklands War in 1982, this is a fair reminder of just how extraordinary Thatcher’s achievement as a woman was.


Each book in my class has been research-based, includes student-created photos, videos, voice recordings and hand-drawn diagrams. To go beyond the text, each student had to draw accurate diagrams to accompany their words. My students are 9 years old but I have taught them a simple referencing style with author, year, book title and page number.
As well as this they also took their iPads home and took pictures showing how they can actively keep their body system healthy at home. They are easy to use, capture is so immediate and creating dynamic digital interactivity is very easy to do. They were so excited to show their books and talk about the body system that they had researched. I also have to check the quality of the images (not blurry and connects well to the text), that the font is consistent and easy to read. This means that the parent becomes the publisher and has full control over the book accounts. We were thrilled to discover on the US iBookstore that all six of my published students are currently in the top 150 downloads for children’s non-fiction books. My students are going to inquire into the brain and I hope I’ll motivate them to publish their learning through an eBook. The students have learned about cover design, contents page, how to cite information, layout, font, color, relating pictures to text, creating accurate diagrams and how to put it all into a sequence from the beginning to the end of the book.
In these books the students had to really demonstrate their understanding of their chosen body system by creating diagrams to go along with their text. It’s so empowering that their class work is able to be accessed by so many teachers and other students.



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