Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Digital Storytime: Kids, Apps, and Libraries--FREE online course

The Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is proud to announce a new professional development course about the role of apps and devices in the lives of young children and their families. This FREE online tool is designed for public library staff serving youth and other educators. 

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Screenshot from Digital Storytime: Kids, Apps, and Libraries

Digital Storytime: Kids, Apps, and Libraries is a module-based online learning experience. The content includes game-design elements to both increase participant motivation as well as model the appeal of apps designed for children. The course is set up as a journey through four destinations--The Village of How, the Forest of Why, Which Mountain, and the Bay of Where. Each destination answers a key question-- why librarians should learn about apps, how to use apps in libraries, which apps are best, and where to find the best apps. Each module includes activities for participants to Watch, Read, Explore, and Do. Not only do these activities personalize the learning experience, but many offer opportunities to view responses from other course participants. 
Screenshot of course roadmap
Digital Storytime Roadmap to Learning

The course is asynchronous, which means that participants can log in anytime and take the course at their own pace. Participants can access the course through any web browser. It is recommended to use the same browser and device throughout course in order to track course progress. Participants who complete all four modules will receive a certificate of completion. 

This project stemmed from an in-person training offered through the Growing Wisconsin Readers early literacy initiative. It was funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), in addition to WISELearn funding.

The content was created, adapted, and designed for the online learning platform by Carissa Christner of the Madison Public Library and Gemma Cynric-Veldey and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 

To access the course, go to:

Written by Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team