LIS 568: Digital Storytelling

For my Information Literacy Class, a brief look at Digital storytelling.

Click the link to view the presentation

My Digital Story: Storybird Story – David

For further information:

The Center for Digital Storytelling

References: – The Center for Digital Storytelling Wikipedia – “Digital Story Telling”
University of Houston: Education – “Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling”
Storybird – where created short digital story.
American Association of School Librarians – “Standards of the 21st century learner”


“You know what’s going to be awesome? When someone hits the US with an electromagnetic pulse, erasing all digital content, and we are the only ones with anything to read!”

Scott, my husband 

#ALA12 – ipads and apps

One of the sessions that I attended at ALA was called “There’s an App for that”, focusing on using apps to enhance the work of children’s librarians in both the public library and school setting.  I won’t go into too much detail here because Library Journal did a great review of the session, including a link to the slides from the presentation.

As a newer iPad user, I’m excited to try some of these apps out for myself!

#ALA12 – a quick recap

I have been back from sunny southern California for a few days now, trying to figure out how to organize all the free swag, books, and reusable bags I collected. Maybe LIS 530 will now come in handy at my house 😉

ALA was fantastic!  It far exceded my expectations in every way possible – friendships, networking, sessions, and fun. I’ll post a few short posts over the next week about the various sessions I attended and the fun that I had.  

But to start it off, some pictures of the exhibit hall.


Brian Selznick signing two of his books.  He was really sweet. Image

Mo Willems, signing his newest book “Amanda & Her Alligator!”. 


The Bernstein Bears were some of my favorite books as a child.  I was very excited to meet Mama Bear! 

early literacy idea – magnetic letters & cookie sheets

A great way to promote reading and literacy for children is by exposing them to the alphabet.  When I taught preschool, one of the kids favorite things to do was play with the magnetic letters on the fridge.  They often tried to create words, seek out the letter their name started with, or see how many letters they could identify.

When I was growing up we had a 45 minute commute to daycare in the mornings.  Often I would write or tell stories during the trip.  Once I knew how to write I began to ask how to spell words such as cow, mom, dad, etc. though apparently one day I asked how to spell hippopotamus.  My Mom replied, “how about hippo”, apparently I was fine with that.

A cookie sheet and some magnetic letters are a great way to keep kids entertained on a road trip or a longer commute.  Using the magnetic letters will help with their small motor skills as well as expose them to the alphabet.  As kids get older, parents or caregivers could ask the children to find specific letters or spell out words for the children to make.

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