Connected Kids: Technology Programs to Inspire Creative Exploration
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Learn how technology serves as an important tool to generate new programs that enable children to share stories and create media while in an informal learning environment. These programs give children the opportunity to explore their interests, allowing them to have fun and freely experiment without the boundaries of an assignment. Programs range in complexity from simple - light painting & animated storytelling - to more complex - Scratch & Mindstorms. The success of a program is evident through the registration statistics and patron feedback. Additionally, the paintings, movies, and stories created are all posted on the Barrington Area Library "tech” blog. The participants’ willingness to visit the blog after the program can be quantified through web analytics, thus measuring, in part, the emotional investment and pride they feel for their finished product. Through demonstration and examples, librarians from the Barrington Area Library will share the ideas and techniques that have made their programs successful.