From Apps to Robots: How to Evaluate Digital Media for Literacy Learning - Part 2

Tuesday, 9/26/2017
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)
In the age of media mentorship, how do children's librarians and educators know which new media to share with families? In this two part webinar series, four experts, including librarians and educators, will offer tips and strategies for identifying high quality new media (for ages 14 and under) that supports learning, literacy, inclusion, and family engagement.
Part 2:
What does high quality look like? Tips for Evaluating Story and Game Apps
The Art of the Selection: Choosing Great Tech Tools for Making and Creating

Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will understand what media mentorship means.
2. Participants will learn how to evaluate a variety of technology tools with which children can explore and create, including cutting-edge diversity criteria.
3. Participants will gain strategies for choosing high quality new media that they can share with families in discussions about media literacy.
4. Participants will become more knowledgeable about the latest trends in new media.

Who Should Attend

Children’s librarians, school librarians, educators


Warren Buckleitner is an educational psychologist who reviews children's interactive media in a public library laboratory called Mediatech. He has been a preschool, elementary and college teacher (currently at TCNJ's IMM program). He is the founding editor of Children's Technology Review ( He speaks at education and library conferences, and contributes content to many books and publications, including a decade of children's tech coverage for the New York Times. He holds a degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University (Cum Laude), an MA in early childhood education from Pacific Oaks College, and a doctorate in educational psychology from Michigan State University. He coordinates the KAPi prize at CES and the BolognaRagazzi Digital Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. In 2000, he started Dust or Magic ( and the Mediatech Foundation (, a non-profit community technology center in his town's library where he serves as a Trustee.
Tamara Kaldor, M.S., is the Assistant Director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute. She is an innovator in using technology to develop inclusive playing and learning experiences that support the social-emotional and
learning needs of ALL children to play, relate and learn. Tamara has collaborated with such organizations as U.S. Department of Education, UNICEF, UNESCO, NAEYC, Association for Children’s Museums (ACM),
Association of Library Services for Children (ALSC), and Common Sense Media.



ALSC and The Erikson Institute are partnering to offer this webinar free of charge.

How to Register

This webinar will be hosted on The Erikson Institute's platform. To register, please visit their website here.

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


Kristen Figliulo
ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026