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First Goose 2.0 Training

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Many thanks to both groups of Goose 2.0 participants at SMRLA, and a special thank you to Jennifer Hopwood for inviting us! Betsy and I had a ball working with all of you, and we hope you keep in touch and let us know about new and innovative ways you incorporate new media into your MGOL programs! Keep your eyes peeled for the MGOL App, which is in currently in beta but will be released by the lovely folks at Software Smoothie very soon!

Here are my slides with links.


LittleeLit is going to Maryland and Arizona!

I’m getting ready for some fun in Maryland! I’ll be visiting the Eastern Shore Regional Library to lead a 2 day New Media in Storytime workshop with Sam Eddington (ALSC Education Committee Chair) and demonstrations and guest speakers including Rachael Stein, Dorothy Stoltz, Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Michele Presley & Phyllis Bontrager.  Here is the description of the workshop:

New Media in Storytime

This two day, hands-on workshop will give participants the confidence to begin using new media in storytimes. We’ll use frameworks like Every Child Ready to Read and Mother Goose on the Loose to develop techniques to incorporate apps, eBooks and other digital tools into early literacy programming in a way that supports early literacy development and fosters caregiver-child interaction. Participants will learn how to evaluate apps and ebooks for use in children’s library services, collections and programs; translate traditional storytelling tools into the digital realm; and model positive media behaviors for parents and caregivers.

After the 2 day workshop at ESRL, Betsy and I will join Jennifer Hopwood at the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association to run two one-day Goose 2.0 trainings. Here’s the description for that one:

Goose 2.0: Incorporating digital media into Mother Goose on the Loose

Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based, musical, interactive storytime for children 0-3 and the people who love them. This program is structured on Barbara Cass-Begg’s Your Baby Needs Music. MGOL programs are fun-filled thirty minute interactive sessions that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers.

Now that digital media is more omnipresent in most homes, storytellers, children’s librarians and community leaders are now working toward developing practices that guide parents in healthy media behaviors for families that include young children. MGOL is an ideal framework to begin a respectful, non-judgmental dialogue with parents and caregivers about media consumption with young children. We can address the new challenges of screen time with very young children and support parents in their quest to provide the very best learning opportunities for their families. Goose 2.0 still uses all the traditional tools of the storytelling trade; rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and felt boards, but it also uses age appropriate, high-quality digital media, and models healthy media behaviors and joint media engagement.

Later in the month I’ll be speaking at the eBooks in Early Literacy: Science, Design, Decision conference in Tempe, AZ. Check out the list of speakers! I can’t wait to actually meet some of these people in person!

For more information about workshops, please contact us here.