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Literacy & Communication Projects

Literacy projects to develop student's communication & relationships with their families, peers & communities.

Writing on a blank page is daunting for everyone. Bookform's page guides students to collect oral histories, stories & information, using voice-to-text (any language) & contributions from others, to automatically create a digital & print book for school projects. Students content can be shared in the classroom for literacy lessons & more, peer-bonding & identity development.


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August 2018
This project far exceeded all of our expectations. The students formed amazing friendships with their resident and the joy it generated for everyone involved was wonderful." The King's School teacher, Kathryn Fraser 2018

About the innovation

The Family Book Project

World-first technology scaffolds students in literacy & communication projects through experiential learning. Students collect personal life stories and photos from family & community into a printable digital book.

Used by: 

Australia:The King's School, The Scots College, Tangara Girl's School, Reddam House, Canterbury Boy's School.

Singapore: GIIS Global Indian International School.

USA: Anthea's Advanced Academy

TV coverage: Write of Passage

Enquires to: office@bookform.com.au


Channel 7 Sunrise coverage 4 Nov 2018
The King's School, North Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
In a progressive move, The King’s School has partnered with two local businesses to ensure their students become well-rounded individuals, ready for any future.The Year 9 students are using newly integrated Internet Communications Technology & voice-to-text Artificial Intelligence technology to interview local Arcare Oatland’s aged care residents on their lives and create personalised memoir books to present at Grandparent’s Day.Eleven keen English and History students have been paired with eleven residents and throughout term 3 will use first-in-the-world technology, developed in Sydney, to easily collect and save some of the resident’s life stories and knowledge.Head of Enrichment and Extension at The King’s School, Kathryn Fraser, said “The boys emailed me their expressions of interest as they have chosen to participate in this enrichment experience themselves and all of their reasons were truly inspirational.They see the importance of being able to use their skills to listen to someone else’s life story, document it and gift it to them and their families as a great privilege. The relationship the boys form with their resident is paramount to the project’s success and they can see how this project and the time spent with the older generation contributes to both their academic and character education.I look forward to seeing how they will grow throughout the project as they learn about their resident’s life and gain insight into how the world has changed throughout their lifetimes.”In an effort to be more relevant, students will ask questions from the adolescence years section of the templates, including questions on school, hobbies, friends, sports, music, life lessons and turning points.  The interview-style interaction is great practice for future-proofing students for job interview situations and develops complex communication skills, in a stress-free environment.Arcare resident ‘Jacko’ was delighted that his partner student, Angus, was from the same country town, Coolah “I’m so glad I’m doing this project with a bushie like me,” he exclaimed.When asked if they thought intergenerational interaction was important, one King’s student responded, “I think it is good to communicate to elderly, as age doesn't really give a reason why we couldn't communicate in the first place.”Arcare Community Marketing Manager, Rachel Aquilina, bused back to the school with the students. “They were all so excited, chatting and sharing the highlights of the stories their resident had told them, it was wonderful.Not only is this program giving our residents the opportunity to put their life stories to paper for their family to keep forever, but these students will have the opportunity to learn about a life we may never imagine of in this day and age. We are very excited for the relationships these students and residents will build over the weeks,” Rachel said.Students have been going to aged care as a community service activity for many years, usually to sing or dance or recite some prose, but with technology the interaction can accomplish so much more, for the people involved and the wider community.Students don’t have to type or write fast enough to capture the resident’s spoken stories, they simply press ‘record’ and sit back to enjoy the interaction. Once back at school, the students login to the online book to edit the transcribed stories and listen to the audio files to check facts and maintain their resident’s book’s ‘voice’.The resident’s own family can also contribute content and photos directly into the printable digital book, ideal for family members living elsewhere.Students learn to use technology as a tool to enhance their usual capabilities and practice interacting with technology through voice-commands.The King’s students will present the finished books to the residents and their families at a Grandparent’s Day celebration hosted at Arcare Oatlands.The King’s School: An Anglican day and boarding school for boys. Founded in 1831, it is Australia's oldest independent school. http://www.kings.edu.au/Arcare: A family-owned business delivering our unique brand of 5-star aged care to older Australians since 1997. https://arcare.com.auBookform: An online program to automate collecting family & community stories into printable digital books. https://bookform.com.au
The Future of History is with Students
Tangara School For Girls started the ‘Write of Passage’ program this week; helping nearby Arcare Glenhaven aged care residents collect their life stories using new ICT & AI technology to create personalised memoir books.The technology makes the usually tedious and time-consuming process much easier, students use template questions and voice-to-text, so they can focus on enjoying the stories and expanding their worldviews, and edit the text afterwards.At the end of October, the Residents and their families will be presented with their personalised memoir book and the audio files of the stories. Often families say they miss their loved one’s voice after they’ve gone, so this is a cherished extra.Coordinator of Personalised Education at Tangara Girls, Rita Sakr, said “The students are very interested to meet older people in their community and hear some of the amazing life journeys they’ve had, from a time and place so different from what they are growing up in now.They take the responsibility of documenting the lives of these older Australians as very important in saving real Australian history and culture, for future generations to understand and enjoy.”One Tangara students said, “My resident wasn’t very talkative, so I had to think of ways to prompt longer answers.” We all agreed that it was good practice for many situations.Arcare resident Pamela told me during the first session, “After my heart attack and operation I couldn’t remember much, so my daughter had to put me in this Home, but when this lovely girl asked me some questions from my past, I started to remember lots of things. It’s wonderful.”Arcare Lifestyle Coordinator, Chloe Pearson said, “ We give every resident a Samsung tablet device for their personal use to Skype with family or use for entertainment, but we’ve found very few clients use it. Now that the students are using the resident’s own device for this project, maybe they will become more comfortable with using it by themselves too.”Often families regret not asking more questions or documenting their loved ones stories. It seems that by the time grandchildren are interested in their grandparents as people, those people are long gone.Initially I thought students could be an unrealised labour resource and useful in helping save some life stories and knowledge, but now it has become so much more. Kids are learning valuable life and communication skills, using technology as a tool, and older people are being cognitively stimulated as well as socialised.25% of the population is going to be over 65 soon, so we need to raise children to be empathetic and respectful of older citizens, or there will not be enough people coming through to work in the required industries.Tangara School for Girls: We believe that the best education develops the whole person: it integrates the pursuit of academic excellence, the acquisition of skills and the development of the student's character. http://www.tangara.nsw.edu.auArcare: A family-owned business delivering our unique brand of 5-star aged care to older Australians since 1997. https://arcare.com.auBookform: An online program to automate collecting family & community stories into printable digital books. https://bookform.com.au

Implementation steps

The Family Book Project

Instructions: https://bookform.com.au/schools/

Online project for students to do at home.

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