Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose: Books on Screen Pilot


Today was the first in a series of digital storytelling pilot projects at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. The pilot is called Books on Screen and it’s held in the Museum’s WAY COOL theatre (I’ve done one demo for them already, but this is the start of the “official” program).

It’s a good thing I’m usually VERY early for programs; I forgot my HDMI/VGA adapter at home and had to hoof it up and down the 101 again. I had my HDMI cable with me, but that’s what I need for a TV or bright board screen, not a projector.  Here’s a tip: make a list of all the techy things you need, and establish a workflow for each stage of your set-up (for me so far there are two different set ups: projector or TV). Before leaving home I should check my workflow and accompanying list.


11 AM show: 56
12 PM show: 39
1 Pm show: 57

Promo info:

Books on Screen Interactive Storytime
Preschool storytime with a digital twist

Saturday, March 2nd, Thursday, March 14th, Tuesday, March 19th and 26th
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Children’s Librarian Cen Campbell incorporates apps and eBooks into a traditional preschool storytime to support early literacy and language development. This format provides children and caretakers a better view of the books while modeling positive media behavior and helping parents understand how to maintain a balanced media diet in an increasingly digital world. Come and learn new songs and rhymes, and read classic and contemporary picture books on the big screen!

What I did:

Hello song
Parent talking point: Why  “Books on Screen”? Because it’s a children’s librarian’s job to recommend the best books there are in ANY format! These are some good apps you can share with your children!
Wiggle my fingers
Saffy looks for Rain
Activity song: Farmer Brown had 5 green apples
The Kissing Hand
Humpty Dumpty screenshot (from Bookboard, below)
Llama llama Red Pajama iBook (that link is for the app; not available for purchase anymore as iBook?)
Activity song: See the sleeping bunnies
Activity song: Alabama Mississippi
Goodnight Moon
Blow a kiss
Goodbye rhyme: Clap up high


What I used

Keynote App
VGA Cable
VGA/HDMI converter
Nexus S (Wifi hotspot to connect iPad and AppleTV)


Posted on March 2, 2013, in Story Time and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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