March 26, 2014
New Media in Storytime
LittleeLit.com & Bookboard.com
Digital-Storytime.com & DigitalMediaDiet.com
Goals for the workshop
1. Confidence to begin (or continue!) using
new media in storytime
2. Evaluate Apps & eBooks (appvisory)
3. Traditional storytelling in the digital age
4. Model positive media behaviors
● Introductions & Expectations
● What is new media?
● New media and kids- concerns
● What is screen time?
● The role of librarians in the new media
● Media and device demos (E-books, Book
Apps, Game/Activity Apps, etc)
● Access, Content & Engagement
● Evaluating apps and other digital media
● App reviews- where do you find them?
● Positive media behaviors
3. Experience or Interest in New Media &
1. Share Your Experience
2. Share Your Concerns & Ideas
3. Listen & Engage
4. Share your learning goals ...
Post your thoughts, questions, comments
A Little about LittleeLit
Young Children, New Media &
● Promising practices for the
incorporation of new media
into library collections,
services & programs for
What is new media?
● Not just tablets & apps!
● Any Emergent Ed Tech
● Content creation via camera, video,
microphone & writing/drawing + book
creation tools, etc.
● Wearable Tech & New, NEW Media!
New media is ...
What are some concerns about new
media & young children?
● Commercial messages
● Displacement of time doing other things
● Eye/Neck/Body/Brain strain
● Less creative and open-ended play
● Less time running around outside
● Sleep disruptions
● Age inappropriate content
● Under 2s (AAP)
These concerns are all valid.
How can children’s librarians provide guidance
for the use of new formats given that we have
no long term research on the effects of mobile
media with young children?
Parent Recommendations from the
● Limit “entertainment” screen time to <1-2
hours a day
● Discourage screen media for children <2
● Keep screen media out of child’s bedroom
● Monitor media usage
● Establish family media plan
National Association for the
Education of Young Children & Fred
Guidelines for Educators
● Select, use, integrate & evaluate media in
intentional & age-appropriate ways
● Balance of tech & non-tech
● Prohibit use of passive media
● Limit use for <2 year olds
● Consider recommendations from health orgs
● Equitable access to technology
Guiding Principles to Focus on
● Focus on the parent-child relationship
● Recognize what you bring to the interaction
● Be willing to discuss matters that go beyond
your traditional role
Children’s Librarians Must Engage
with New Media for Young Children
● Ubiquity of tablet technology
● Whether it’s good for kids or not, parents
are handing the devices over
● Access to content (multilingual, diverse,
● Societal need for Media Mentorship
● Potential to increase the overall quality of
Felt Board Activity
● Choose a song, story or rhyme you know
● Depict your song, story or rhyme using the
Felt Board app
● Explain how this activity supports one or
more of the early learning practices (talk,
sing, read, write,play)
3 Cs of Screen Time by Lisa Guernsey
Mother Goose on the Loose
● Musical program for children 3 & under
● Children learn through routine & repetition
in a nurturing environment
● Support parents to be their child’s first &
● Rhymes, music, felt board pieces, 80%/20%
MGOL Technology Use Statement
Technology handled with careful
consideration, in moderation; in ways that fit
in with the program’s intent and don’t
overwhelm, that enhance but don’t replace,
and that encourage parent/child interaction is
appropriate for use in a Mother Goose on the
LittleeLit Guidelines for New Media
● Access: Act as media mentor to your
community & support equitable access to
● Content: Content should be high quality &
● Engagement: Any technology use should
support the development of relationships
Talking Points Activity
● Engagement: Focus on the parent-child
● Technology as a tool (not a replacement)
● Not all screens are created equal
The Best App For Young Children...
...is one that supports the development of a
relationship with another human being.
App Treasure Hunt
What did you learn?
What was easy to find? Hard to find?
● Children’s Technology Review
● Common Sense Media
● Horn Book
● Kirkus Reviews
● Little eLit (suggested uses)
● School Library Journal
and your personal network….
Evaluating and Choosing Digital Media
● Make intentional decisions
● Explore newly downloaded apps on your own and then
● Look for media that help adults and children write,
read, play, sing and talk TOGETHER
● Consider the 3 C’s: Context, Content, Child
Good Book Apps Have...
● Meaningful interactive elements that add to the story
and are not only for inter-activity’s sake
● A great story with high quality images
● Plain, highly-readable font
● Read-to-me and read-to-myself options
● Settings for turning on/off music and other sound
Good Game/Activity Apps...
● Are fun to play over and over again
● Offer open-ended play
● Encourage creativity
● Strengthen one or more of the early literacy practices
● Are age appropriate
● Have Intuitive way-finding
● Use a clean, uncluttered display
Free Apps & Apps for Free
What’s the difference?
● Free Apps
● Free with in-app purchases, ads, &
links to full versions
● Free and it’s just a teaser
● Free temporarily
● Promo Codes (Little eLit’s promo
More information: How to Find Apps for Free