apps, Children & Technology, Conferences/Meetings/Institutes, Evaluation of Media, Guest Blogger

Media Mentorship, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Screen Time Symposium

The Screen Time Symposium, a collaboration between the Developmental Media Lab and the Erikson Institute, was held September 9th in Chicago. Organized by Carly Kocurek and Jennifer Miller, this interdisciplinary symposium raised many “provocations” around digital media for young people—all of which are relevant to our work as youth services librarians, and especially as media mentors, working to select the best tools and apps for the children we serve.

Awards & Scholarships, Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Someone’s Giving Away Money? Apply Soon for ALSC Awards!

Would you like to spend a month researching children’s literature?  Or how about bringing a nationally recognized author or illustrator to your library?  Need money to help your underserved population? Head over to the ALSC Professional Awards page to find details about these wonderful opportunities and others that promote professional development.  You can read about fellow ALSC members who’ve won in the past, with examples of how they used the money.  Most of the deadlines are November 1st, so act now!

apps, Children & Technology, Guest Blogger

An “Apportunity” to Learn – Evaluating Apps

Parents, teachers, and librarians; are your children wasting an opportunity to learn while using mobile apps? Not all educational apps are equal, while some are not even worth your time downloading. For children under the age of 5, parents and educators should look for apps that enhance these five categories: reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing. Older children are developmentally ready for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and creative apps, like those that facilitate the creation of art, music, movies, and writing.