Music Player Selection and Presentation Strategies
Visual or Video Device Selection and Presentation Strategies
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Ebook Selection Strategies
Ebook Presentation Strategies
Even if your library’s lack of a specific technology or the large size of your storytime audience prevents you from reading aloud an ebook, you can talk to caregivers during storytime to explain how and why to use ebooks, encouraging them to check out your library’s digital collection. For example, when you find an ebook worth recommending, obtain a copy of the print version to read aloud during storytime. After the reading, explain to caregivers that the ebook version is available to check out and describe one or two features it has that make it a good pick for increasing children’s learning.
Educational Digital Media Selection and Presentation Strategies
Familiarity with how to use and learn from digital media has become part of school readiness because an increasing number of elementary schools use digital media for everyday instruction and for assessment (Vittrup et al., 2016). Consider how you might incorporate interactions with digital media into your storytime activities by showing and talking about the media or giving children a chance to interact with the media at the end of or after the storytime session.
You can use what you know about how children learn to evaluate educational digital media. Research shows that children learn best when they are actively engaged in a task and interacting socially with an adult or peer (Hirsh-Pasek et al., 2015). Thus, the best educational digital media will encourage engagement and interaction. Educational applications (apps) or websites accessed on a smartphone or tablet have the potential to be engaging because the child can interact with the content by touching the screen (Terrell & Watson, 2018). However, experts caution that young children will get the most enjoyment and learning from such apps or websites when a caregiver guides them through its use and talks with them about the learning content (Reich et al., 2016; Terrell & Watson, 2018). Additionally, many apps and websites include games, music, or sound effects irrelevant to the main content that can be distracting to children (Reich et al., 2016). So as you evaluate these interactive elements, look and listen for those that clearly connect to the content or skill to be learned. Share your knowledge of the importance of interactivity to learning with parents and caregivers as you demonstrate educational apps. These apps may best be shared at the end or after a storytime because it takes time for each child to interact with you and a tablet or other device.
Ebook and Digital Media Online Resources
- https://commonsensemedia.org/ - reviews written by caregivers, experts, and children that are searchable by best of lists and audience age; though frequently recommended by scholars, the free version of this resource offers limited access
- https://digital-storytime.com – reviews written by educators and caregivers that are searchable by audience age and keyword
- https://www.parentschoice.org/product-category/mobile-apps/ - reviews written by educators and caregivers that are searchable by best of lists and audience age
- https://www.parentschoice.org/product-category/websites/ - reviews written by educators, experts, and caregivers that are searchable by best of lists and audience age
- https://www.teacherswithapps.com/ - reviews written by educators and experts that are searchable by audience age, subject/topic, and keyword