Thursday, March 21, 2013

2013 MANTLE Conference Update

MANTLE Conference 2013

Friday 17th May 2013.
    The MANTLE Conference is the annual professional conference of all teacher librarians  in the NewcastleMaitlandTareeLake Macquarie and Central Coast districts.
It is organised by a volunteer committee of local Teacher Librarians from DETCatholic and Independent schools. The committee changes annually with half the committee being replaced by other local TLs. It truly is a collegial organisation.      

I am delighted to share some news from Lara O'Donoghue, Convenor MANTLE

"The MANTLE Committee received some much anticipated news today. We are now officially endorsed providers of professional development with the NSW Institute of Teachers.

You can download registration papers and information re accreditation on our website at date: 13th April, 2013 

You can also like us on our Facebook page for further updates at

This year's conference is also catering to Library Support Staff. Looking forward to meeting your assistants and technicians in May!"

Saturday, March 2, 2013

App to improve fluency



I am looking forward to using this free app with our students:
i-Prompt Pro-Teleprompter 

     Students can practice reading to build fluency using the iPrompt iPad app. 
     To introduce this app I  plan to choose a familiar text. I will cut and paste the text   into the  app.
It also allows for some differentiation in that you can alter the font size and speed of delivery to meet the needs of your students. 
One student can act as a timekeeper and mentor, where required, for another child.
Thanks to Monica Burns of

Description and Features from iTunes
Professional Tele-prompting software for your iPad.
Use your Apple iPad as a professional teleprompter for location reporting, corporate video productions, info-mercials, video blogs, podcasts and all types of public event speaking.

iPhone Screenshot 1


Smooth Scrolling – in both landscape or portrait modes, with mirrored or standard text alignments.
Fast Script Download to i-Prompt software via simple email or document cut and paste text copying.
Instant Script Editing and Timing – use i-Prompt’s in-built text editor for those last minute changes to content and timing.
Control Prompting Speed - adjust the speed of your prompting script with menu driven settings or the custom wireless controller (supplied when purchasing the complete 
i-Prompter kit, go to for further details.
Fully Customisable Prompting Screen Display - adjust the font type, font size, and on-screen text/background colours.

Only Language supported is English.