Giggling children: Boosting reading skills with online literacy resources

Giglets Education

Giglets Education supports pupils in developing a love of reading. Giglets is, at its heart, a growing online library designed to encourage independence and improve pupils’ motivation to read. The Giglets resource contains hundreds of books in over 20 languages, supported by audio storytelling, illustrations, animations and theme music. Interactive question sets help pupils demonstrate reading comprehension and tackle higher order thinking. Professional development materials also support teachers in achieving best practice in reading.

 

Website: www.giglets.com Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Images courtesy of supplier. Images courtesy of supplier.

Reading gurus Giglets Education has released an advanced version of its online literacy resource, the Learning Cloud, for use by teachers and pupils in Primary and early Secondary education.

The Learning Cloud is a ground-breaking online literacy resource, and its library now includes hundreds of books and thousands of learning resources aligned with the National Curriculum (NC) in England, the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) in Wales, and Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) in Scotland.


Each book in the library is enhanced with multimedia including audio stories, animations, illustrations and theme music. The texts are published in English and many have modern language translations in French, German, Italian and Spanish. The Learning Cloud reading solution is also home to books in Welsh and other Celtic languages, as well as some in other European and Asian languages, such as Polish and Arabic.


For pupils, two key benefits of the Learning Cloud include accessibility and increased reading engagement. Accessibility is supported within the book reader through a selection of visual features including dyslexic-friendly fonts, adaptable font sizes and multiple background colours. The Learning Cloud reader also supports text-to-speech, and many of the books are further enhanced by integrated audio stories read by professional storytellers.


Teachers using the Learning Cloud state that pupils are keen to engage with the Giglets books. This is in part because of the accessible book reader, and also as a result of the rich media (such as illustrations, animations, sound-effects and music) that helps to bring each story to life. The library holds a variety of genres within both fiction and nonfiction, with each book containing something to appeal to even the most reluctant readers.


In the words of Ann Bellis, headteacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Helyg in Blaenau Gwent, South Wales:


We have examples of dyslexic pupils engaging effectively, in the knowledge that they can continue reading texts at home if they haven’t finished at school and this has undoubtedly developed their self-confidence. Boys in particular have been excited by the visual aspect – Year 6 calling me in to show what they were reading, for example.”


Giglets Education is a multi-award-winning education technology company based in Ayrshire, Scotland. Giglets is named after a word used by the poet Robert Burns for ‘giggling children’, and released the first version of the Learning Cloud in late 2014/early 2015. As the name suggests, the resource is cloud-based (available online through any mainstream browser on all mainstream tablets and computers). The resource is being updated regularly, and the most recent release includes major enhancements in content and technology, all of which is automatically made available to all schools at no extra cost.


The Learning Cloud is used by teachers and pupils at schools throughout the UK, from London to Liverpool, from Cardiff to Glasgow, and from Essex to Humberside to Aberdeenshire. Further afield, schools in Australia, Qatar and Switzerland use the resource.


Visit giglets.net/contact-us/free-trial for a free trial, or contact info@giglets.net / 0843 557 4451 for more information.

Register for free to continue reading
Registration is a free and easy way to support us.
When you register, you'll join a grassroots community where you can:
• Enjoy unlimited access to articles
• Get recommendations tailored to your interests
• Attend virtual events with our leading contributors
Register Now
Login

Latest stories

  • How to handle stress while teaching in a foreign country
    How to handle stress while teaching in a foreign country

    Teaching English in a foreign country is likely to be one of the most demanding experiences you'll ever have. It entails relocating to a new country, relocating to a new home, and beginning a new career, all of which are stressful in and of themselves, but now you're doing it all at once. And you'll have to converse in a strange language you may not understand.

  • Is Learning Fun for You, Teacher?
    Is Learning Fun for You, Teacher?

    Over the weekend, my family of five went to an Orlando theme park, and I decided we should really enjoy ourselves by purchasing an Unlimited Quick Queue pass. It was so worth the money! We rode every ride in the park at least twice, but one ride required us to ride down a rapidly flowing river, which quenched us with water. It was incredible that my two-year-old was laughing as well. We rode the Infinity Falls ride four times in one day—BEST DAY EVER for FAMILY FUN in the Sun! The entire experience was epic, full of energizing emotions and, most importantly, lots of smiles. What made this ride so cool was that the whole family could experience it together, the motions were on point, and the water was the icing on the cake. It had been a while since I had that type of fun, and I will never forget it.

  • Free recycling-themed resources for KS1 and KS2
    Free recycling-themed resources for KS1 and KS2

    The Action Pack is back for the start of the brand new school year, just in time for Recycle Week 2021 on 20 - 26 September, to empower pupils to make the world a better and more sustainable place. The free recycling-themed resources are designed for KS1 and KS2 and cover the topics of Art, English, PSHE, Science and Maths and have been created to easily fit into day-to-day lesson planning.

  • Inspire your pupils with Emma Raducanu
    Inspire your pupils with Emma Raducanu

    Following the exceptional performance from British breakthrough star Emma Raducanu, who captured her first Grand Slam at the US Open recently, Emmamania is already inspiring pupils aged 4 - 11 to get more involved in tennis - and LTA Youth, the flagship
    programme from The LTA, the governing body of tennis in Britain, has teachers across the country covered.

  • 5 ways to boost your school's eSafety
    5 ways to boost your school's eSafety

    eSafety is a term that constantly comes up in school communities, and with good reason. Students across the world are engaging with technology in ways that have never been seen before. This article addresses 5 beginning tips to help you boost your school’s eSafety. 

  • Tackling inequality in EdTech
    Tackling inequality in EdTech

    We have all been devastated by this pandemic that has swept the world in a matter of weeks. Schools have rapidly had to change the way they operate and be available for key workers' children. The inequalities that have long existed in communities and schools are now being amplified by the virus.

  • EdTech review & The Curriculum Lab
    EdTech review & The Curriculum Lab

    The world is catching up with a truth that we’ve championed at Learning Ladders for the last 5 years - that children’s learning outcomes are greatly improved by teachers, parents and learners working in partnership. 

  • Reducing primary to secondary transition stress
    Reducing primary to secondary transition stress

    As school leaders grapple with the near impossible mission to start bringing more students into schools from 1st June, there are hundreds of thousands of Year 6 pupils thinking anxiously about their move to secondary school.

  • Generation Z and online tutoring: natural bedfellows?
    Generation Z and online tutoring: natural bedfellows?

    The K-12 online tutoring market is booming around the world, with recent research estimating it to grow by 12% per year over the next five years, a USD $60bn increase. By breaking down geographic barriers and moving beyond the limits of local teaching expertise, online tutoring platforms are an especially valuable tool for those looking to supplement their studies in the developing world, and students globally are increasingly signing up to online tuition early on in their secondary education schooling. 

  • Employable young people or human robots?
    Employable young people or human robots?

    STEM skills have been a major focus in education for over a decade and more young people are taking science, technology, engineering, and maths subjects at university than ever before, according to statistics published by UCAS. The downside of this is that the UK is now facing a soft skills crisis and the modern world will also require children to develop strong social skills as the workplaces are transformed by technology. 

In order to make our website better for you, we use cookies!

Some firefox users may experience missing content, to fix this, click the shield in the top left and "disable tracking protection"