Biblionasium Case Study – Supporting the Joy of Reading by Jennifer Underhill

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Jennifer Underhill, who is in her tenth year as a K-12 school librarian at FSUS, strongly believes the skills her students learn in her library helps pave the way for them to have a smooth and successful transition to adult life…In addition to managing the library, Underhill teaches collaborative lessons on  information literacy skills at all grade levels. One of the tools she relies upon to teach these skills is Biblionasium, an AASL awarded Best Websites for Teaching and Learning and a COPPA compliant digital platform. Underhill described Biblionasium as “a social network that allows students to log books, review them and share or recommend them to fellow kid readers.”

Parents or teachers must sign up first and then grant access to kids. Users get to choose an animated avatar and can then start to add books to their My Books section. Biblionasium’s catalog of 1.4 million children’s books, along with the ability to search by reading level, and recommendations from friends and educators, help students find the right books to keep them reading and encouraged. Reading Challenges, whether they are set up by the student or the teacher, provide students with a healthy rigor and keep them motivated, while giving educators tools to manage and measure their progress. 

The very nature of the Biblionasium platform is one that supports the research and critical thinking mission of FSUS.

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