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The Living Book - Augmenting Reading For Life
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In the EU, 1 out of 5 15 year-olds are low achievers in reading. According to the PISA (2012) results, the proportion of low achievers is dramatically high in CY (32,8%), RO (37,3%), IT (19,5%), PT (18,8%). Students also show a general de-motivation towards reading. Lack of interest in childhood continues in adulthood. The proportion of non-readers is very high in Portugal (60%), Cyprus and Italy (44%), and Romania (48%) - source: EB 2013 on cultural participation.Children from disadvantaged households and with migrant backgrounds are less likely to be able to read well at school and to be motivated to reading than their classmates – and this has the potential to be devastating for their future lives.Reading is the key to unlocking every child’s full potential and opens up a world of possibilities.“The Living Book – Augmenting Reading for Life” aims to address these urgent needs by developing and testing an innovative approach whose main aim is to motivate 9-15 year old students to read more (at school, at home and in their communities) and enjoy more the experience of reading. Student motivation is, in fact, a key factor in successful reading.To engage the most unmotivated and underperforming students, The Living Book combines customised reading path with digital creativity. We will explore various solutions to “digitally augment” the experience of students while reading a book. We wish to turn the physical book into a “Living Book”: an intense-lived experience for young readers who can participate, transform and augment what they are reading, thus applying digital competences, collaborating with peers, developing reading skills and, ultimately, being more engaged in reading. This approach will be supported at school, as well as at home through the engagement of parents.The multi-stakeholders strategic partnership will:- Author “The Living Book Guidelines”, e-publication providing teachers and other relevant stakeholders with methodological guidelines to implement The Living Book- Develop the OER - The Living Library Platform ( and toolkits with the aim of offering students and teachers online “ready-to-use” tools to augment the reading experience with rich media content. The books in the Living Library will be brought to life with contents curated and created by students and teachers from across Europe.- Develop a set of 8 practical lessons plans. The plans provide teachers with examples on how to integrate the living book approach into their classroom activities and practically define the competences of the Augmented Reader- Launch of 2 Blended training courses for Augmented teacher and Parental engagement. Both courses foresee the self-assessment of learning outcomes and the recognition of competence acquired by teachers through a certificateThe resources will be launched, pilot tested and widely disseminated across Europe.The dissemination strategy is oriented to reach the school sector, at first, as well as relevant stakeholders active in other sectors, such as public libraries, e-book and digital publishers, local organisations, “GLAM” actors, technologists and digital makers, citizens. Sectorial and cross-sectorial strategy will rely on 12 multiplier events organised in 6 countries and further activities, such as the circulation of 2 recognizable brands (Augmented reader and Augmented teacher), press-conferences, e-newsletters, mass-use of social networks.Structurally embedded in the logic of the project are:- 1 Joint Staff training Event held in Cyprus to deepen The Living Book approach and ICT-enhanced reading- 4 short term exchanges of groups of pupils in RO, PT, CT and EE. A unique occasion for 24 students from vulnerable groups to take part in an international experience and collaborate with EU peers in reading activities and experiences of augmentation.Main impacts on teachers will be: increased competence in cultivating young students’ motivation and reading abilities; a greater responsiveness to the needs of disadvantaged groups by developing, amongst others, competences in involving parents to support pro-reading strategies. In the medium/long term, these impacts will be sustained by: the availability of multilingual OER; the creation of communities of Augmented Teachers, that favour networking, and stimulate continuing professional development in this field.Main impacts on students will be: Fostered a positive attitude towards reading and greater motivation thanks to the attractiveness of the blended approach proposed, the social dynamics created, and the support of parents. We expect this impact to be amplified in the medium-long term: dissemination activities, carried out even after the end of the project promoting the Living Library, will generate a higher number of users, thus increasing the community and fostering an even higher engagement on the side of participants that have participated in its testing and creation
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