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Carissa's App Picks for Kids. Arapahoe Library District. Little eLit. Here at Little eLit, we want to help librarians find, learn about, and use apps that meet the needs of their programming audiences and fit their program styles.

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On this section of the website, you’ll find links to Little eLit’s own tried-and-true apps for library programming, app review sources, and app lists from a variety of librarians who use them in their libraries. Apps Discussed on Little eLit App Lists: App Reviews The following are app recommendation or review sites. Appitic Common Sense Media Cybils Digital Storytime Horn Book: Out of the Box Kindertown Kirkus: iPad Reviews. Apps. Christine McNew. Leveled Reading Apps, App Recommendations & App Evaluation. The following is a set of resources compiled by Katie Anderson based on responses from children’s library staff to an email sent on the ALSC and Oregon’s kids-lib listservs.

Leveled Reading Apps, App Recommendations & App Evaluation

Below are three documents that will hopefully be helpful to educators & administrators. The first document includes the criteria by which children’s librarians are using to select apps to use in storytimes, load onto library iPads, and recommend to families, and a list of websites where librarians go to learn about/find apps to consider adding to their resources. Most librarians agreed that the apps produced by publishers of leveled reading books are the best leveled reading apps. Therefore, the second document lists several publisher produces leveled reading apps with links to where they can be purchased and downloaded. In my research, I found Free Must-Have iPad Apps for Leveled Readers by the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). The 3 C’s for Evaluating Early Literacy Apps. Yesterday I attended ECRR 2.0 Apps for Early Literacy session at #alaac14.

The 3 C’s for Evaluating Early Literacy Apps

A panel of 6 individuals passionate about early literacy discussed current research for best practices, as well as demonstrating a few of their favorite apps. Panelist Chip D. from TED Erickson encouraged us to think about the 3 C’s: Content – Is the content of the app developmentally appropriate? High quality? Intentional in its support of ECRR 2? Context – Is the app appropriate for the context?

Child – It is appropriate for the individual child? Amy graduated with her MLS from Texas Woman’s University and is currently a children’s librarian at the Central Children’s Library of the Denver Public Library. Appsbrochure bethpage pl. iPads & Early Literacy: 50 Fantastic Free Apps for Pre-Readers. Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing with Technology. “We all have only one life to live on earth.

Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing with Technology

And through television, we have the choice of encouraging others to demean this life or to cherish it in creative, imaginative ways.” Fred Rogers When Mr. Rogers looked at the new medium of television in the 1950s, he saw nothing of value for children. But instead of writing it off, he saw the potential of the new medium to reach children and crafted an entirely new approach and way of using television.

That is the model that I look to in using technology with children. Many librarians are familiar with and emphasize the five practices of ECRR2 (Every Child Ready to Read 2) in library programs. Talking Visit the Fred Rogers Center’s Early Learning Environment or Ele (pronounced “Ellie”) for short. Singing Try the Everyday Grooves app (free) from the Fred Rogers Center which provides catchy songs to accompany everyday activities and help parents create a sense of routine for their children.

Apps Discussed on Little eLit. We talk about apps quite often here on Little eLit.

Apps Discussed on Little eLit

Whenever we mention an app, we’ll link to it on this page. Apps are organized in three broad categories, which are not mutually exclusive: Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library (ECRR) ®, a joint project of the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), is a hands-on, research-based program designed to help public libraries further their roles in helping children prepare to become readers and lifelong learners.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL)

ECRR is based on current brain development research and has become a model for public libraries to train parents, caregivers, teachers, and librarians in the six pre-reading skills and five early literacy practices. Early literacy is everything a child knows about reading and writing before he or she can read or write. Six basic skills comprise early literacy and help determine whether a child will be ready to learn to read and write.

The six skills that help prepare children for reading include: PRINT MOTIVATION: being interested in and enjoying books VOCABULARY: knowing all kinds of words PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS: hearing and playing with the smaller sounds of words. Apps in Storytime by Anne Hicks: Animal Sounds. Animal Sounds – Fun Toddler Game by Innovative Mobile Apps The first app I ever used during storytime was an animal sounds app and I got the idea from this Storytiming blog post.

Apps in Storytime by Anne Hicks: Animal Sounds

The app mentioned in the above link no longer works (there seems to be a glitch and the developer hasn’t issued an update) but I’ve found that the Animals Sounds – Fun Toddler Game app works perfectly. I hold the iPad facing me and tell the kids to guess what animal is making the noise. I say this rhyme: “There’s someone in my garden, Whoever can it be? I then choose an animal from the home screen and tap on it. The kids will all shout out their guesses and then your can turn the iPad around to show if they guessed correctly. Young Children, New Media & Libraries. Early Literacy iPad Apps. It's for You!

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