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Rhyming FeltBoard: A Demonstration with Felt Board by Software Smoothie, by Katrina Bergen

After the positive reception of my last video demonstrating how a digital felt board can support pre-literacy development in storytime, I wanted to share another example. Here is a Software Smoothie Felt Board presentation of words that rhyme, a pre-literacy presentation for three to five year olds learning to connect sounds to letters and words.

Katrina Bergen, student, CalstateTEACH
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Pre-Literacy in Storytime for Toddlers: Using Felt Board by Software Smoothie, by Katrina Bergen

When I was the children’s librarian at the Dixon Public Library my favorite iPad app for story time was Felt Board by Software Smoothie. Since leaving that position, I have been in a teacher preparation program that requires iPads and the use of apps in the classroom. Preliteracy as well as literacy instruction is emphasized. In reviewing the concept of Same and Different, an important precursor to organizing the visual world and learning to read, I thought of Felt Board and the fun ways children can recognize and distinguish shapes, letters, numbers, colors, size, etc. The Sesame Street song “One of These Things is Not Like the Others” started running through my head over and over again – a great sound track for a Felt Board presentation. Here’s a demonstration:

Katrina Bergen, student, CalstateTEACH
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Little eLit is a collaborative think tank of professionals thinking about the topic of young children, new media, and libraries. Individuals who share their viewpoints, experiences, and presentations in Little eLit blog posts are expressing their personal views and do not represent Little eLit as a whole.

Media Literacy Guidance, by Katrina Bergen

Recently, I went into a very rowdy kindergarten class to read Dr. Seuss.  Because of the class’s reputation I used the iPad for Green Eggs and Ham, thinking they would be transfixed by something moving on a screen.  I’m not sure how unrowdy it made the kids.    Lots of kids were yelling out – “How did you turn the pages?” and “What’s that Red thing?” (the red dot shows as an indicator on how and when to swipe across the page.)
The kids were asking for Media Literacy Guidance!  I’m afraid I missed this teachable moment.  Next time.

Apps for Classroom Use: A Video, found and introduced by Katrina Bergen

Here’s an impressive video showing elementary school children explaining the apps they use for language arts, geography, research and all kinds of academic topics.  Not only do they articulate why they are using a particular app, they tell how to navigate it.  These kids are really something, and what a promotion for the use of iPads in the classroom–and think of what you could do in an afterschool homework club or family night at the public library!

Make some Noise! @LittleeLit presenting at CLA conference #CLAnoise

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I have a LOT of presentations to prepare for! Looks like Genesis and I had a few proposals accepted at the California Library Association’s Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA, plus I’ll be doing some other work with the State Library while we’re there.

Here’s what and when:

Stand Out and Be Outstanding: Fearlessly Leading Your Library Career (November 4, 2013 at 10:15am)
Presenter names and affiliations: Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, Yemila Alvarez, San Francisco Public Library, Martha Camacho,Pasadena Public Library, Cen Campbell, LittleeLit.com, Dolly Goyal, San Mateo County Library, Genesis Hansen, Mission Viejo Public Library, Patrick “PC” Sweeney, San Mateo County Library

Children’s Services in the Digital Age: Technology Competencies (November 4, 2013 at 4:00pm)
Presenter names and affiliations: Cen Campbell, Children’s Librarian, LittleeLit.com, Elizabeth Gray, Yolo County Library, Genesis Hansen, Mission Viejo Public Library

Make Some Noise with High-Tech Services for Kids and Teens (November 5, 2013 at 11:45am)
Presenter names and affiliations: Cen Campbell, Littleelit.com, Katrina Bergen, Dixon Public Library, Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Public Library