Early Literacy Programming
in the Digital Age
Cen Campbell/Genesis Hansen
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
How many of you already use
technology in your storytimes?
Show me the data
Research, Resources, and Recommendations:
!   NAEYC
!   AAP
!   Fred Rogers Center
!   Joan Ganz Cooney C...
Rules of thumb
!   Media = tools (not inherently good or evil)
!   Use technology in service to relationships and social
a...
This is how we roll now
Joint Media
Engagement
!   Caregiver/Child
Engagement
!   Child/Device Engagement
!   Librarian/Co...
Evaluation of Apps
!   Intended use
!   Support for early literacy skills
!   Interactivity
!   Placement & design of cont...
Different things to consider when using one-on-one with a child
versus in a large group/storytime setting
Intended use
Support for early
literacy skills
•  Print motivation
•  Print awareness
•  Letter knowledge
•  Vocabulary
•  Phonological...
Should enhance, not distract
Weigh the merits - can be a mix of good and bad
Interactive Elements
Where are the controls?
Are they easy to find?
Are they easy to hit by accident?
Design elements
Does the app or ebook give cues to tell the user what to do,
or help identify interactive elements?
Affordances
Customizability
Reviews Please!
LittleeLit
Pinterest
Digital Storytime
Children’s Technology Review
Common Sense Media
Kirkus
Horn Book
Sc...
That depends on your budget, set-up and community needs.
What does it look like?
What’s going on?
Programs in Libraries
!   Hand-held iPad
!   Mirrored iPad
!   Mounted Tablets
!   Take-home Tablets
!   ...
Great! Where do I start?
!   Device (What do you have? Mirrored or hand-held?)
!   Budget (free apps? Large storytelling c...
What should I use?
!   App Developers
! Oceanhouse Media
! Toca Boca
! Nosy Crow
! Loud Crow Interactive
! We are Wheelbar...
Not Rocket Science
1.  Start with a book you love in
print; find a digital version
2.  Post lyrics plus an image of
your f...
Make it easy for them to remember the songs, rhymes, games and
books you read in storytime!
Getting parents to participate!
Bring the world
to storytime!
o  Digital tool allow us to record
the world as text
Technology and Critical
Literacy in ear...
List-o-Apps
Field tested Apps for Storytime
from LittleeLit.com
Little eLit Pinterest
Other Pinterest Accounts
There are no experts.
Saddle up, try it out and join us!
LittleeLit.com
Now’s the time to ask.
We know you have
questions.
Thanks!
Cen Campbell – cenlibrarian@gmail.com
Genesis Hansen – ghansen@cityofmissionviejo.org
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  1. 1. Early Literacy Programming in the Digital Age Cen Campbell/Genesis Hansen Wednesday, July 24, 2013
  2. 2. How many of you already use technology in your storytimes?
  3. 3. Show me the data Research, Resources, and Recommendations: !   NAEYC !   AAP !   Fred Rogers Center !   Joan Ganz Cooney Center !   Campaign for Grade Level Reading !   Common Sense Media
  4. 4. Rules of thumb !   Media = tools (not inherently good or evil) !   Use technology in service to relationships and social and emotional development !   Used appropriately, media can support learning and enhance cognitive and social abilities !   Focus on active, engaged use rather than passive
  5. 5. This is how we roll now Joint Media Engagement !   Caregiver/Child Engagement !   Child/Device Engagement !   Librarian/Content Engagement Appvisory !   Where is the good stuff? !   How do I use it? !   Where do I find more? !   Librarians do this now
  6. 6. Evaluation of Apps !   Intended use !   Support for early literacy skills !   Interactivity !   Placement & design of controls !   Affordances !   Customizability
  7. 7. Different things to consider when using one-on-one with a child versus in a large group/storytime setting Intended use
  8. 8. Support for early literacy skills •  Print motivation •  Print awareness •  Letter knowledge •  Vocabulary •  Phonological awareness •  Narrative skills
  9. 9. Should enhance, not distract Weigh the merits - can be a mix of good and bad Interactive Elements
  10. 10. Where are the controls? Are they easy to find? Are they easy to hit by accident? Design elements
  11. 11. Does the app or ebook give cues to tell the user what to do, or help identify interactive elements? Affordances
  12. 12. Customizability
  13. 13. Reviews Please! LittleeLit Pinterest Digital Storytime Children’s Technology Review Common Sense Media Kirkus Horn Book School Library Journal
  14. 14. That depends on your budget, set-up and community needs. What does it look like?
  15. 15. What’s going on? Programs in Libraries !   Hand-held iPad !   Mirrored iPad !   Mounted Tablets !   Take-home Tablets !   In-house Tablets Libraryland ! Curation !   Crowd sourcing !   Content creation !   Complaining !   Creative collaboration
  16. 16. Great! Where do I start? !   Device (What do you have? Mirrored or hand-held?) !   Budget (free apps? Large storytelling collection? Fleet of devices?) ! Storytime Set-up (Large group? Small group?) !   Community needs (Appvisory? Access? Enagagement?)
  17. 17. What should I use? !   App Developers ! Oceanhouse Media ! Toca Boca ! Nosy Crow ! Loud Crow Interactive ! We are Wheelbarrow ! Software Smoothie !   eBook Providers ! iBooks ! Amazon ! Nook ! Bookboard.com (Full disclosure: I manage their library)
  18. 18. Not Rocket Science 1.  Start with a book you love in print; find a digital version 2.  Post lyrics plus an image of your favorite song (multiple literacies for parents!) 3.  Use the digital version of a felt board story (either from app or photographs)
  19. 19. Make it easy for them to remember the songs, rhymes, games and books you read in storytime! Getting parents to participate!
  20. 20. Bring the world to storytime! o  Digital tool allow us to record the world as text Technology and Critical Literacy in early Childhood o  Extension activities, content creation, joint media engagement and modeling for parents
  21. 21. List-o-Apps Field tested Apps for Storytime from LittleeLit.com Little eLit Pinterest Other Pinterest Accounts
  22. 22. There are no experts. Saddle up, try it out and join us! LittleeLit.com
  23. 23. Now’s the time to ask. We know you have questions.
  24. 24. Thanks! Cen Campbell – cenlibrarian@gmail.com Genesis Hansen – ghansen@cityofmissionviejo.org
  25. 25. Infopeople webinars are supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. This material is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Share & Share-Alike license. Use of this material should credit the author and funding source.
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