Rancho Cucamonga Library Digital Literacy Evaluations Project: New Media Storytime Training
Last week Carisa Kluver and I facilitated a 2 day training with the enthusiastic & thoughtful librarians and storytellers and the Rancho Cucamonga Library. We are developing some handouts and resources for their staff & community that will go up in the next few days as well.
Here’s some tips & tricks for getting starting with using new media in storytimes, and our slides from the training itself.
Storytime Tips & Tricks for Using iPad-based New Media
Preparation & Planning
- Consider planning, preparing & even presenting your first few new media storytime sessions with a buddy! Schedule some time to run through your stories & activities with another storyteller, and give each other feedback.
- Consider the following three ways to start using your iPad in storytime:
- Find a digital version of a paper book that you feel comfortable sharing in storytime
- Create a digital felt board out of a favorite song, rhyme or story
- Create a slideshow (in Keynote or other presentation software) with lyrics to a new song, plus a relevant screen shot or image. For example, you could post the words to “pop goes the weasel” with an image of a real weasel (and a cobbler’s bench, while you’re at it!)
- Run through the set-up (AppleTV, WiFi & mirroring) a few times before the day of your storytime
- Practice, practice, practice! Take time to get comfortable setting up the iPad, switching from one app to another, or remembering what to do if an app becomes unresponsive (hint: kill the app!) Contact your tech support folks for help if you need it!
Implementing your New Media Storytime
- On the day of your storytime, before sure to run through every app you plan to use in the program mirrored through the AppleTV. The app may have been updated recently, or there might be something buggy with the display.
- During storytime, be sure to make eye contact with the participants, and try to mostly look at the screen they are looking at; try not to look down at the device in your hand to read the text of the story.
- If you use a digital book, make sure to have paper copies of that book available for checkout, other books on the same topic, or books by the same author
- Include a welcome slide in your presentation and a set of resources at the end (book, songs & apps used in the storytime). Upload the slides to your library’s website.
- Include tips for parents on how to use new media in a way that supports the development of relationships.
- Have fun, and be open with your community about what you are doing. Tell them you’re just learning how to use apps in storytime, and that librarians provide reader’s advisory services for digital books for kids now. Ask for suggestions & input! Maybe you’ve got some expertise in the community that you could draw from!