Rancho Cucamonga New Media Storytime Training #2

It’s been a busy week for trainings! Carisa and I visited the Rancho Cucamonga Library in Southern California for their second New Media Storytime Training, which is a pilot project connected to the California State Library’s Early Learning with Families 2.0 Initiative (for which I am a consultant). We’re developing a new media in storytime curriculum, as well as pulling in other elements of the ELF2.0 initiative, such as the Brazelton Touchpoints Child Development Curriculum for Library Staff. What a lot of information to keep track of! Learn more about what the Young Children, New Media & Libraries Initiative is doing through ELF2.0 at this upcoming webinar on May 8th!

Here are the apps we demoed, and below are the slides we used to guide our conversation.

Annoying Fly (Sing “Shoe Fly, Don’t Bother Me!”)
Blue Hate Green Hat (Good for being explicit about why you are using technology; because Boynton books are so small!)
Little Robot Lost His Square (Very gentle, minimal interactivity)
Mother Goose on the Loose (Use as felt board and music; also model caregiver/child engagement)
Peekaboo Barn (Use this one with an animal puppet)
Very Cranky Bear (This is the one that may not work well for younger kids)

Homework for the next training session is as follows:

Use Keynote to create a guide for your new media storytime. Include at least the following slides, but please feel free to experiment!

  1. Welcome Slide
  2. Slide with an image
  3. Slide with Lyrics (or perhaps parent tips)
  4. Resource Slide

Include three digital elements in your storytime plan, in addition to physical props and paper books (unless you have a good reason for including ONLY digital content). Here is a list of suggestions of things to try:

  • Felt Board or Mother Goose on the Loose App (live or screen shots)
  • Book App
  • Non-book app (e.g. Wee Sing ABC or Endless Alphabet)
  • Digital Book from another source (like iBooks, the Kindle app, your libray’s digital collection or another bookshelf app)
  • Digital sounds (e.g. animal sounds; either from an app or imported into your presentation)
  • Digital music (either from within an app like the Laurie Berkener app or through iTunes)
  • Upload your own photos
  • Create your own story or video (e.g. with Sock Puppets, iMovie or 30hands)
  • Anything else you can think of! Be creative!

I’d like to point out that when we do these trainings we are asking a LOT of the storytellers. Not only are we asking them to interface with a brand-new technology, we are also asking them to take into consideration new information about child development, suggestions for working with parents, physical combinations and placement of physical things and digital things, plus all the usual presentation, storytelling and general all-round professionalness of standing at the front of a room facilitating a storytime. We’re also asking managers to guide their staff through a steep learning curve and figure out how to provide off-desk time for practice & general technology troubleshooting, and also supporting brand new storytellers. Libraries that are implementing system-wide new media storytime trainings are truly at the cutting edge of what is happening in the profession, and we commend the courage it takes to jump in like this.


Posted on April 18, 2014, in Literacy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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