Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Online Course Taught by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen via the Library of Virginia

The Importance of Play
September 8 to October 3, 2014
This is a four-week online course taught by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen.
The course uses the Moodle platform.
Cost is $30.00.
Class is limited to 30 participants
Password: lva
Prior to taking the course, a two-session course in Moodle is required.

Week One of the course content will be made available on September 8, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. You do not need to be at a computer at that time. Each week, you will have the entire week to work on the course and to submit assignments. The course officially ends on October 3, 2014.

Playing is fun, but it is valuable as well. Play is often referred to as "the work of childhood." In this course, we spend time seriously looking at play. This course is meant to reintroduce you to play; to increase your understanding of play in the context of the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read(r); to highlight the important role played by parents, librarians, and developmental tips; to examine play, toys, and technology; and to give you some new ways to use library programs and early literacy spaces to foster positive play between parents and children.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:
*  Recognize the different types of play
*  Understand age-appropriate play
*  Learn about the importance of play as proven by scientific studies
*  Discover the vital role that parents have in encouraging play in their children,
*  Be aware of current issues surrounding play
*  Use library programs and early literacy spaces to foster positive play between parents and children,
*  Include developmental tips to guide parents and caregivers
*  Connect play with the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read(r), an Initiative of the American Library Association.

This is a four-week course offered http://moodle.lva.virginia.gov/. This site requires a user name and password which will be sent to you about two week prior to the course beginning. If you have not yet taken a Moodle course from the Library of Virginia, you are required to take a two session "Introduction to Moodle" course. "Introduction to Moodle" is free. The purpose is make you familiar with Moodle and to ensure that all security glitches are taken care of before the course begins.

Required reading for the course is You Make the Difference in Helping Your Child Learn by Ayala Manolson. It will be mailed to you at the address provided on the ticket. For more information about Moodle, please visit http://www.vpl.virginia.gov/ce-training/moodle.html

Your Instructor:
As creator and executive director of Mother Goose on the Loose, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen has been developing educational programs for infants and toddlers since the early 1980s. Working as a children's librarian in public libraries and children's museums for more than 30 years cemented her belief that the best way to learn is through play. Both institutions share the mission to help children become the best they can be via informal learning; their different approaches have given her an extensive programming repertoire and exposure to a wide variety of early literacy environments. The 2013 Leadership and Professional Achievement Award from ASCLA (the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies of the American Library Association) was awarded to Dr. Betsy for "revolutioniz[ing] the way story times are presented to young children at libraries across the country" and "empower[ing] librarians to work confidently with this young population of readers." Dr. Betsy has published seven books and numerous articles on early literacy and school readiness; her highly innovative teaching methods recognize the importance of developing the "whole child." She does private consulting and presents training workshops at national, regional, and state conferences, for library staff, children's museum staff, and their partners. Dr. Betsy received her Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University and a Doctorate in Communications

For more information please contact:
Enid Costley at enid.costley@lva.virginia.gov or call 804.692.3765

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