Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Children & Technology "Screen Time" Book Club

If you are interested in the role of technology in early childhood, consider taking part in an exciting online conversation that begins on February 25, 2014. This opportunity is too good, and too timely, to pass up!

Note--you do not need to be a member of the American Library Association to participate in the ALAConnect online community.  Non-ALA members can register for an ALAConnect account here and ALA members can log in to ALAConnect using their ALA website username and password.

The following is taken from a post on ALAConnect:

Announcing the Children & Technology "Screen Time" Book Club!

The Children & Technology Committee is happy to present a new opportunity for members of the Children & Technology Interest Group: a weekly asynchronous "book club" to read and discuss Lisa Guernsey's important book, "Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child."

How will this work?

Each week, beginning February 25, Andrea Vernola and Melissa Depper will add a post to the Children & Technology Interest Group. The post will contain discussion questions and conversation starters for one or two chapters of Lisa's book. Read or re-read along with us and connect with other library staff who are interested in learning about digital media, children's development, and ways to help patrons navigate 21st century parenting. Comment on the posts here in Connect and ask your own questions of other book club participants!

What is the schedule?

Feb 25: Chapter 1: What Exactly Is This Video Doing to My Baby's Brain?
Mar 4: Chapter 2 and 3: Is TV Turning My Tot into a Zombie? and Could My Child Learn from Baby Videos?
Mar 11: Chapter 6: What Is Educational About "Educational" TV?
Mar 18: Chapter 7 and 8: Could the Right DVD Teach my Child to Speak, or Better Yet, Become Bilingual? and Can Electronic Media Enrich My Child's Vocabulary?
Mar 25: Chapter 10: Is Interactive Media Worthwhile--or at Least Better Than TV?
Apr 1: Chapter 12: How Do Real Families Make Smart Media Choices?

Plus! Live Lisa Guernsey Q&A!

"Screen Time" Author Lisa Guernsey has generously agreed to participate in a live Google Hangout Q&A at the end of the book club, on April 8, 8PM EST, to answer questions and respond in person. As we determine interest in this Q&A, we will figure out the most equitable way to fill the limited spots available.

We'll post reminders for the next two weeks, and then start with our first chapter on February 25. We are looking forward to hearing what you have to say!

Join us! Questions? Comments? Let us know!

Andrea Vernola & Melissa Depper,
Children & Technology Committee