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Media mentorship, apps in storytime, and a video, oh my!

This year, I participated in iLead, a state wide leadership technology initiative, with a fabulous team that created WisCode Literati. It is awesome, check it out.

But another team focused on early literacy and media mentorship and using apps in storytime, which is also a passion of mine. They created a video to help librarians become good media mentors and be able to recommend apps and how to use apps to families. They filmed some app storytimes, interviewed parents, and talked with our local expert, Carissa. Oh, and they also interviewed me.

Apps alone: a NEW new media storytime

This was my last new media storytime of the summer (read about the first and second), and about the same time that I started really thinking about what I wanted to offer in the fall.

After the less than enthusiastic responses to the print books I read (tried to read) during my first storytimes, I decided to ditch the book and do an entirely digital program for this last one. I did a lot of thinking about what the point of the storytime was:

  • to model good apping and joint media engagement to parents
  • to address concerns about media use for hesitant families
  • to gently steer families who use new media as a babysitter in a different direction
  • to provide concrete and quality app recommendations and RA (AA? App Advisory?)
  • to provide access to both tech hardware (the iPads) and software (paid apps that they can try before purchasing)
  • to provide an alternative format to traditional, book-based storytime for kids who are not developmentally able to handle a regular storytime, no matter how much singing and dancing we do

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