School buys ’fast food’ book vending machine

Sunday, 16 July 2017, 10:59:14 PM. A VICTORIAN school has introduced the first “literacy vending machine” in the southern hemisphere in a bold bid to improve students’ reading and writing.
Alice, 6, Tom, 8, and Isabelle Dunckley, 4, hit the Great Australian Storybooks. Picture: Jay Town The $20,000 machine dispenses short stories that take one to five minutes to read. Students at Bannockburn P-12 School, near Geelong, are writing the stories that are dispensed by the machine. YEAR 1 PUPILS TO GET READING TEST READING TO BABIES GIVES THEM LITERACY HEADSTART DIGITAL-AGE STUDENTS FALL BEHIND IN HANDWRITING Principal Rob Nelson said the short stories — a “fast food version” of books — would encourage children to read and write. The Short Edition machines first appeared at French railway stations as a way to entertain commuters. It is believed there are only two privately owned machines outside Europe — one in a Los Angeles restaurant and the other at Bannockburn. Writing is “unsung hero” of literacy, experts say. Picture: ThinkstockSource:Supplied “It’s a great incentive for the students to write,” Mr Nelson said. “The story machine will hopefully stir the passion in children to write. “We know that children love to show their grandparents, parents and family what they have done at school. The idea that anyone in the community could read a child’s story will hopefully inspire them.” Research from the US has found writing can dramatically boost a students’ reading ability. It improved their reading fluency and comprehension of texts written by others. Dr Noella Mackenzie, senior lecturer in literacy studies at Charles Sturt University, said writing was the “unsung...Read more
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