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myON – A Whole World of Reading in Ireland

St. Patrick's Boys National School Ringsend, Dublin, Ireland

St. Patrick’s Boys National School Ringsend has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2018 to support the school’s literacy strategy. In 2020, the school invested in myON, the digital library, to increase access to reading materials and reading engagement for all pupils at any time.

After discovering St. Patrick’s fell into the top five schools in Ireland based on the number of hours spent reading myON books in the 2020/21 academic year, we got in touch with Ian Lane, teacher, to find out how myON has encouraged continuous reading throughout remote and classroom-based learning situations.

“myON has been a fantastic support for the boys in St Patrick’s BNS.”

myON has been a fantastic support for the boys in St Patrick’s BNS Ringsend. Unfortunately, we have a limited number of books to choose from in our school library, and when COVID appeared, trips to the public library became harder and harder to organise, resulting in even less choice for our pupils.

The fact that each pupil could access such a vast amount of books on myON meant the reading could continue, and our hard work in getting them interested in books had not gone to waste.

The sheer volume of online books available on myON means the usual excuses from those not wanting to engage in reading, like “there are no books I like” or “I’ve read all the books in my level”, are rendered useless.

“Having a wide range of captivating books for pupils to discover is in itself priceless.”

Each child can search books at their own level. Having a wide range of captivating books for pupils to discover is in itself priceless. Searching by topic has encouraged even the most reluctant readers to choose books.

“Being exposed to non-fiction books has opened up reading opportunities to many boys.”

The mixture of fiction and non-fiction is also a key element. All too often, we focus solely on fiction, in the form of novels and short stories, and this is of no interest for some. However, being exposed to non-fiction books has opened up reading opportunities to many boys.

Multiple books by the same author have encouraged our boys to read too. I have heard classes discuss different authors and how they liked/disliked writing. Having pupils be enthusiastic about authors and the different styles of books they like is not something that would have been commonplace previously.

myON - A Whole World of Reading

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