Passion for Books + Digital Literacy =  Using Web 2.0 to Share the Love for the Written Word

Passion for Books + Digital Literacy = Using Web 2.0 to Share the Love for the Written Word

Date & Time

22 February 2012, 00:00




Office of Education Research (OER)



Events Details

Time: 10.00am - 11.00am


In this 60-minute talk, Dr Myra Bacsal would be sharing how to use Web 2.0 tools to promote reading and literacy – and the ways through which the bookblogging network could be used as a resource in the classroom. She would also be sharing her learning journeys about blogging, building networks, and establishing a community through her website, The following themes would likewise be covered:

- Overview of the kidlitosphere and YA (Young Adult) blogosphere;
- Building international networks, partnerships, and collaborations with authors, illustrators, educators, parents, and avid readers;
- Literature-related events across the globe found in the net: Blog Events, Reading Challenges, Nonfiction Monday, Poetry Friday (among others); and
- Challenges faced in using Web 2.0 tools to promote readership in children’s literature and YA fiction.

GatheringBooks is a space devoted to celebrating timeless narratives written for the young-at-heart. The team of three spread out across three countries (Singapore, Philippines, San Diego USA) endeavours to slowly build a resource that would be meaningful to educators, parents and bibliophiles who have a passion for children’s literature and young adult fiction. The website features highly extensive and detailed book reviews that often include teacher resources as well as videoclips that would assist not only educators but also committed parents to enrich their children’s experience with the written word. The website also features interviews with children’s book authors (Meet the Storyteller Feature) and illustrators (Illustrator Sketchpad) as seen in Most importantly, GatheringBooks is committed to highlighting children’s voices and thoughts about narratives that moved them to tears, made them laugh, or simply put them to sleep (Quill Junior). Other features include the Academic Nook and Poet’s Sanctum.


Dr Myra Bacsal is a lecturer / teacher educator with the Early Childhood and Special Needs Education Academic Group, NIE. She is a clinical psychologist and has a keen interest in using bibliotherapy to address socioemotional issues and concerns among the gifted and talented.


Please register your attendance with the Office of Education Research by 15 February 2012.

Queries can also be directed to email:

This workshop is for NIE staff only.