Sharing texts and stories with pupils is just one of the many vital roles of educators in schools, and accessing a rich source of materials can sometimes be a challenge. Onilo is a unique cross-curricular literary resource, which presents books through familiar digital media such as interactive whiteboards and computers. Onilo transforms well-loved children’s books into Boardstories – eye-catching, animated picture books – providing an online library with extensive resources for the primary classroom.
The set of teaching materials that come with each story are perfect to get lessons started. They including guided reading plans, activity sheets, interactive whiteboard resources, higher order thinking questions as well as SEN and EAL resources. Each Boardstory is accompanied by this complete set of resources with lots of ideas for home activities as well.
Boardstories aim to ignite a passion for literacy in young children while even encouraging reluctant readers by enabling them to share and experience reading in an inclusive and supported environment. Ultimately, Onilo inspires children to read by building a bridge between the digital and printed worlds and making both more accessible.
Onilo already reaches around 250,000 teachers and pupils at primary schools across Germany, and is fast gaining popularity with teachers in UK schools:
Verity King, Year 3 teacher at Aerodrome Primary School in Croydon, London, says:
The Boardstories cover a variety of themes to interest boys as well as girls. It’s child-friendly so children can use them independently. Pre-made resources are also ready to use which has reduced the time I spend planning guided reading.”
Naomi Weaver, Year 1 teacher at Castledyke Primary School in Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire, says:
Boardstories have large text so that all children can share and read at their own speed. Some texts have audio which the children have enjoyed as it makes a change from me reading to them. The children have also liked being given the passwords so they can access stories from home.
There are now over 70 Boardstories available, with new titles constantly being added, including a picture book retelling of Alice in Wonderland; an interactive Three Billy Goats Gruff; The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, and Julia Donaldson’s Day Monkey, Night Monkey.
Rebecca Van Dal, Onilo’s Business Development Manager, explained:
The Onilo vision was to improve children’s literacy so we set up a social business to create a digitally enhanced media-based reading experience alongside traditional books in order to expand the possibilities teachers have for teaching literacy in the modern classroom. Children are increasingly using modern technology, which is why we make resources that are ideal for the interactive whiteboard or computers. Onilo is fast becoming loved by children, teachers and librarians.
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