Little eLit book: Evaluating New Media

Over the last year, many of us involved with Little eLit have been working on a book called Young Children, New Media, and Libraries: A Guide for Incorporating New Media into Library Collections, Services, and Programs for Families and Children Ages 0-5. It’s not just a book, but a thoroughly researched tool for librarians who are becoming media mentors, supporting families and fostering literacy with a variety of media. Each month a new chapter is being released online and once all of the chapters have been released they will be compiled in a pdf document. This month the chapter Evaluating New Media, written by myself and Carisa Kluver of Digital Storytime and the The Digital Media Diet, has been released. We hope it will be useful for both those using new media for the first time and seasoned new media users alike. Check out the book and let us know what you think!

Evaluating Apps and New Media for Young Children: A Rubric

Over the past year and a half, I have been working on a rubric for evaluating apps and new media for young children. I wanted something for my own purposes, to use when reviewing apps for program use or to recommend to families, as well as something to share with other librarians and educators. I’ve have finally come up with something that works for me. Take a look and try it out on the next app you evaluate.

Let me know how it works for you!

The rubric, and other helpful information for evaluating new media, is included in a chapter of Little eLit’s bookYoung Children, New Media, and Libraries: A Guide for Incorporating New Media into Library Collections, Services, and Programs for Families and Children Ages 0-5. I am humbly writing the chapter with the talented Carisa Kluver of Digital Storytime. The book chapters are being published individually each month at Little eLit, so stop over and read what my smart librarian friends have to say.

Thanks to many for their conversations about what makes new media high quality, but in particular, the belated Eliza Dresang, as well as Cen Campbell and Carisa Kluver. Thanks also to those who review apps and new media. We are reading those insights with great interest. Keep reviewing and keep sharing!

Evaluating Apps and New Media for Young Children: A Rubric (link now goes to Media Mentorship page and updated rubric, 2016)

Looking for other review sources? Try these:

Children’s Technology Review
Digital-Storytime
Horn Book
Madison Public Library’s App Finder
School Library Journal
Smart Apps for Kids