This fall marks a first for ALSC with the start of Online Continuing Education! Four online courses will be offered this fall, including: “Reading Instruction and Children’s Books” (Katherine Todd); “The Tech Savvy Booktalker” (Nancy J. Keane); “The Technology Enhanced Library Professional” (Sara Fisher); and “Sharing Poetry with Children” (Sylvia M. Vardell).
The first set of courses, selected by the ALSC Education Committee, will begin Oct. 6 and run through Nov. 14. Future sessions are scheduled for February 2009 and summer 2009. All courses will run between four and six weeks and will be taught in an online learning community using Moodle.
Two of the courses focus specifically on using technology in children’s library programming. “The Technology-Enhanced Library Professional” will show participants how new technologies can be utilized in the library. The course will also explore, through the discussion of current events and articles, different issues arising with the increasing use and popularity of the Internet. “The Tech Savvy Booktalker” will discuss ways to jazz up children’s book talks by adding technology. Participants will learn how to enhance student success by making use of electronic tools such as podcasts and Microsoft PowerPoint, Movie Maker, and Photo Story.
The other two courses are about age appropriate reading instruction and sharing poetry with children. “Reading Instruction and Children’s Books” is about the different methodologies for reading instruction, and how to determine and interpret grade-level assigned books to effectively assist patrons. Participants will evaluate children’s materials for grade-level of reading and develop strategies for clearly communicating this system to parents and teachers. “Sharing Poetry with Children” aims to teach participants about the major poets, titles and anthologies of contemporary poetry published for children. Emphasis will be placed on interactive participatory techniques for sharing poetry with children and fostering their responses.
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