Because children are growing up with a wide variety of technologies that support literacy and learning, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh recognizes the need to integrate technology into library programming and services. Each neighborhood location has a set of iPads that caregivers, educators and Library staff can use in programs.
Children’s Specialists at each location select apps using specific guidelines to create developmentally appropriate lessons. A variety of programs for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children encourage exploration of library materials and support learning by introducing technology to children and families. Apps are also integrated into existing Library programs including One Book, Every Young Child, Summer Reading and Super Science.
During programs, Children’s Specialists model the use of intentionally selected apps to caregivers and talk about all of the skills being highlighted through the use of the app. After programs, children and their caregivers have an opportunity to explore and interact with the technology together.
Children’s Specialists also provide professional development to formal and informal educators about the integration of technology in literacy instruction by recommending apps and providing demonstrations on the best way to use them to enhance early literacy activities.