Hillcroft LRC

The Great Kindleby

Posted on: December 13, 2013

Two students using Kindles with their course tutorThis week the Learning Resources Centre LRC team were out in the classroom with our students and course tutor on the Breakthrough Maths and English: Revolutionary Readers course. The course was building their skills in reading to an audience and silently by working on the F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.

In preparation for the course the LRC staff had  bought copies of the two film versions of the Great Gatsby. One directed by David Merrick  starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow and the other the new Buz Luhrmann version starring Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo di Caprio. They’d bought Kindle versions of the novel to use on Kindle wifi keyboards and Fire versions.

As over 30% of Hillcroft students are dyslexic the Kindles have the read out loud facility on them. Our LRC team were helping the students practise reading out loud from the ebook readers in the classroom. As the LRC staff took photographs of them today using the Kindles many of the students explained how they had enjoyed the book even though at first they hadn’t. And it had given them great insight into the 1920s.


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