The positive, practical and skills based approach used by Shane Birley in this book ensures that young readers looking for a simple introduction and ‘how to’ guide to getting started as a blogger or vlogger will quickly find themselves confident enough have a go. The text nicely complemented by a mix of illustration, graphics and information boxes follows a step by step approach and has an engaging, lively tone encouraging reader participation.
Teachers will find that this book has great ideas that can be used to support curriculum work: tips on choosing what to write about and planning and editing your blog before posting will reinforce other creative writing work in the classroom. Descriptions of the apps and equipment used to create vlogs and podcasts are simple and informative and could be used in all sorts of creative ways to support classroom activities. The tips and discussions about how to behave online and discussions about the basic rules for protecting individual privacy are very good and again would support classroom discussion in SPHE.
One of a series of ‘How To Guides’ from QED publishing focusing on hobbies and interests common to young people, this book is an excellent introduction to how create content and share it responsibly online. Ideal for the creative child who is ready to develop their skills and share interests and hobbies with their friendship circle. It will also find a good home in the upper primary classroom or school library.