Collins Big Cat provides a range of interactive resources that develop literacy skills. They are designed to be used in conjunction with the printed books by children working in groups or pairs. They can also be used with the whole class. They provide: talking books, active books, electronic big books, a ClipArt library and book review section. Talking Books give children the opportunity to: * Listen to the story as it is read aloud on screen * Read along to the audio following the text and pictures * Read the text on screen without audio support * Check each word individually with an audio prompt * Follow up with a range of interactive activities that relate to text, word and sentence level learning objectives. Animation and sound effects support comprehension and engage the reader. Talking books featured: Cat and Dog, In the Garden, The Robot, Tec and the Hole, Pirates, Look Out Butterfly, My Skateboard, Cats, In the Dark, The Oak Tree Active Books are designed as interactive electronic texts. They provide children with the opportunity to influence the development of a story, making choices and determining outcomes. Electronic Big Books are ideal for: * Whole class/ group work * use on an interactive whiteboard * generating group discussion * use in plenary sessions ClipArt library contains a collection of ClipArt characters and objects from the books, ideal for customizing worksheets, record sheets and own work, making models and creating presentations. Book Review is a downloadable form for the reader to fill in as a personal record of their own reading.
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With 40 years experience in Primary Education, Doug is now an independent ICT consultant working on all aspects of enhancing teaching and learning with ICT. A primary PGCE lecturer at Leicester University School of Education, Doug has also written a number of guides, training modules, books and training materials on primary ICT. Adrian Bradbury was born in Manchester and worked as a PE teacher before moving overseas to teach English in Europe, the Middle East and Far East. After returning to England he worked as Deputy Head in three schools and now divides his time between teaching and writing. As well as writing educational materials for HarperCollins and other publishers, he also writes humorous football books for children. His hobbies include playing the piano and all sports.
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