Teaching with Book Drum


Teaching without Book Drum


As a teacher, you can use Book Drum in two different ways.  We've published multi-media profiles of many key study texts, filled with maps, video, music and background information to bring difficult books alive.  Your students can use these at any time as a free learning resource:


Of Mice and Men  The Handmaid's Tale  The Catcher In The Rye  The Turn of the Screw  Holes  To Kill A Mockingbird  Tess Of The D'Urbervilles

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You can also build a new profile as a class project, a wonderful way to encourage your students to take a greater interest in any book.  Whether it's history, biology or philosophy, your students will be quickly drawn in by the challenge of finding digital resources that explain and illustrate the text.  You'll need to establish the rules about plagiarism and image credits, and you may need to do a fair bit of editing!  But if the profile is good enough, we'll publish your students' work for all the world to see.

The first step is to set up an account with a password you're willing to share with your whole class.  All students can log in at the same time with the same username.  Then select the book you want to profile and read the Contributor Guidelines.  Familiarise yourself with the techniques for embedding videos, adding text and maps, and uploading images, then demonstrate them to your students.  If you want to assess their work, you can have students add their names to each bookmark, setting or review they create. 

We will be glad to help you get started.  Contact editor@bookdrum.com.

One of our pioneer teachers, Adam Watson, wrote an excellent article on his experience of teaching with Book Drum.  Read it here.  

These are some of the class profiles created so far:


The Poisonwood Bible   Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress   All Quiet on the Western Front   Picking Cotton   The Things They Carried


Image: Arthur Public Library