LIRE 2.0

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Project Title:    Lire 2.0 – Lifelong Readers

Project Number:    2015-1-IE01-KA201-008625

Promoting reading communities through the use of Web 2.0 technologies, and shaping up lifelong readers and learners of the digital era.

LireThe EU High Level Group of Experts on Literacy paints the complete picture: “An estimated 20% of adults lack the literacy skills they need to function fully in a modern society. An estimated 73 million European adults lack qualifications above upper secondary school level, many because their poor literacy makes educational progress impossible.

The latest results from PISA, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, show that one in five EU 15-year-olds had poor reading skills. Even as literacy becomes more necessary, reading levels have stagnated.” These numbers reflect the grim picture of literacy in Europe, which of course needs to be reversed, if the EU is to achieve its ambitious educational, social, political, and economical goals. LiRe2.0—much like its precursor project LiRe—asserts that the most effective way in improving one’s  reading skills is reading for pleasure: reading that we choose to do of our own free will, anticipating the satisfaction that we will get from the act of reading.

A lifelong learner is first and foremost a lifelong reader. A lifelong reader is self-motivated, finds value and pleasure in reading, and thus reads, learns, and evolves throughout her/his lifetime. The LiRe2.0 project aspires to contribute to the effort of creating European schools, universities, and professional environments that are populated by millions of lifelong readers. The project dispels the widespread notion (especially amongst parents and educators) that technology is the enemy of reading. LiRe2.0 is based on the opposite assumption: Innovative use of ICT-based, open educational practices and resources that link up informal, non-formal, and formal reading/learning, can play a significant role in enhancing people’s reading attitudes, reading engagement, and reading skills; especially in the case of disengaged or reluctant readers and marginalized learners.

The LiRe2.0 project is expected to address low achievement in basic skills through more effective teaching methods and develop basic and transversal skills by using innovative methods in order to:

  • Provide innovative pedagogical methods, best practice guidelines, and implementation strategies towards scalable, systemic, and sustainable use of ICT for reading promotion.
  • Involve in the project and convince all stakeholders that innovative use of ICT-based educational practices and resources can enhance people’s reading attitudes and engagement.
  • Inspire, guide, and facilitate the creation of reading cultures and communities among pre-teens and teenagers, university students, and working adults, through the use of Web 2.0 technologies and other forms of digital/social reading and “book-talking”.
  • Describe, implement, and disseminate multiple ways in which technology can encourage reading for pleasure and reading engagement, in various settings, and for diverse readers (pre-teens, teens, university students, working adults).

The consortium is made up of the following organisations:

Partner 1 LMETB Ireland
Partner 2 CARDET Cyprus
Partner 3 IPCB Portugal
Partner 4 UPIT Romania
Partner 5 DOUKAS Greece
Partner 6 Innovade Cyprus
Partner 7 ILS Ferraris Italy

 

For further details please log on to our website: www.lifelongreaders.org

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Lire2.0 Final Conference

LiRe2.0 (Lifelong Readers2.0) is an Erasmus+ EU funded project for which LMETB are the lead partners. The project aims to promote reading through the use of ICT and Web2.0 Tools for learners of all age.

As part of the project, a Toolkit has been devised and is freely available on the project website www.lifelongreaders.org. Within the Toolkit there is a wealth of resources that can be used by all educators in the classroom to promote reading.  The resources include Lesson Plans, Tool Descriptions, and information on a wide range of best practice technology, reports and programs. These resources are adaptable across any curriculum.

As part of the project, LMETB will be hosting a Final Conference in The d Hotel, Drogheda on Tuesday 26th of September from 9.00am-1.30pm.

The Final Conference aims to demonstrate the findings of research conducted within the project as well as a detailed viewing of the LiRe2.0 Toolkit. The Final Conference will also feature key note speaker Stephen Howell who is the Academic Program Manager for Microsoft. Stephen will be speaking on the importance of innovative Web2.0 Tools within education as well as giving a demo on a variety of new and relevant Microsoft tools. Attendance at the LiRe2.0 Conference will be beneficial to any educator involved with IT, Literacy or reading promotion and all participation assists in the dissemination of the project by LMETB.

More information on the project can be found on the project website www.lifelongreaders.org or on Facebook @lifelongreaders2.0

You can access the invitation to this conference by clicking the image below.

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For further information about Louth & Meath Education and Training Board EU Projects please contact Ms Imelda Prunty iprunty@lmetb.ie

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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