Digital Littles at the Library: Teaching Digital Literacy
The Indianapolis Public Library has developed a hands on technology lab for early learners to develop literacy skills in a technology based environment. The Digital Littles lab contains technology tools such as cameras, video cameras, and laptops that assist librarians in developing storytimes and other activities. The mobile lab is designed to travel mostly to library locations, but can also be transported to schools, day cares, and other organizations. The lab is the library’s way of reaching out to the community and making technology more accessible.
Webinar participants will gain a better understanding about how to develop activities that combine storytelling and technology for early learners. Targeting promotion of the lab and maintaining a collaborative relationship with schools, daycares, and other organizations is necessary to the success of the programs. Participants will also learn more about the logistics of acquiring and maintaining a digital mobile lab.
Raylene Jordan is a Librarian and lead Program Specialist for the Learning Curve at Central Library, a high-tech area of the library that creates and models new ways of introducing children to technology and its uses at the Library. She has worked with the library to develop activities in the Learning Curve since it became a reality in 2007.
Abby Brown has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught children in public schools, developed programs at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and worked at the Indianapolis Public Library as an Early Literacy Specialist coordinating early childhood programming.
Date and Time
March 12, 2013, 2–3 p.m. Central (3–4 p.m. Eastern, 1–2 p.m.. Mountain, noon–1 p.m. Pacific)
$25 for ALA members; $35 for nonmembers; $140 for group
The ALA Public Programs Office hosts its webinars through Adobe Connect. If you’ve never used Connect, watch “Participating in Your First Connect Pro Meeting” or read the Visual Quick Start Guide (PDF). Participants will need a computer with a high-speed Internet connection and speakers. You can test your system to make sure it meets requirements.