January 15

Core Competencies and Digital Citizenship: Screen time

Here’s a handy list of book titles that can help launch discussions about keeping a healthy balance when it comes to screen time. Linked images and extension activities. Synopsis provided by the publishers. Read more for Indigenous connections.

Dot’s a spunky little girl well versed in electronic devices. Dot knows a lot. She knows how to tap . . . to swipe . . . to share . . . and she pays little attention to anything else, until one day Dot sets off on an interactive adventure with the world surrounding her. Dot’s tech-savvy expertise, mingled with her resourceful imagination, proves Dot really does know lots and lots. Ironically, there is a little video series to accompany the book.

 

After the star of this story gets her brother’s hand-me-down camera-phone and a quick lesson in the “selfie,” there is no stopping her! Until, that is, it’s time to call it a day. Turns out, camera-phones and kids alike need to recharge their batteries! Here’s a great ‘Selfie’ Digital Citizenship follow up activity.

Nerdy Birdy and his best friend, Vulture, are very different. Luckily, you don’t have to agree on everything to still be friends.One day, Nerdy Birdy joins Tweetster, and the friend requests start flying in. Vulture watches as Nerdy Birdy gets swept up in his new friendships… Discuss this twitter conversation between the author and the illustrator.

 

One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts off and a boy wails, “Mommm!” His sister can no longer use the phone, Mom can’t work on her computer, and Dad can’t finish cooking dinner. What’s a family to do?  Follow up activities.

 

When Popcorn, the friendliest chicken at Fiddlesticks Farm, finds a forgotten smartphone in the barn, she sets about making some brand new friends. Soon she is so busy sending messages to them that she begins to forget her old friends. Discussion questions.

 

In a story recounted through the daily log of Captain Allan Hope, the sailors aboard the Rita Anne become mesmerized and transformed by a mysterious glowing rock, and only music and books can restore them to normal. Teachers Guide also available.

 

Todd’s parents are always busy. But Todd’s TV isn’t busy. It just sits there. So one day, Todd’s TV decides to lend a helping hand. This is the heartwarming story of that day, and what happened afterward. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry—but most of all, you’ll be giving your TV a break.

 

Ella is really frustrated. Lately it seems like the whole family has forgotten how to be together. Instead of playing Hangman and making waffles, everyone is talking on cell phones, playing video games, and using the computer. What’s a girl to do?

 

An oldie but a goodie. In this updated version of the popular turn off TV book, the mouse family is up at night, glued to the TV. But there is many a squeaky squabble because all ten mice favor different channels. History, mystery, how-to, where-to, comedy, drama, sports … This viewer-friendly romp shows how, one night, they all get happy with new favorites they’d hardly imagined.

Indigenous Connections: Many Indigenous stories have themes of connecting with family and nature and would work well to compliment this topic. Some that come to mind are Jordan Wheeler’s Just A Walk about the joy of exploring outdoors,  Susan Avingag’s Fishing with Grandma about the importance of learning from family,  Monique Gray Smith’s You Hold Me Up about the power of relationships and Raven Tales’ Work and Play about doing chores before free time.

The above titles are all available in the Vanier LC. Here are some other titles that may be of interest: Chicken-Clicking by Jeanne Willis, Hello! Hello! by Matthew Cordell, and Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino.

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Posted January 15, 2018 by acrosland in category Book Recommendations, Uncategorized

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Anna Crosland, Teacher-Librarian in B.C. Canada: Focus on Personal and Social Core Competencies, Layering Authentic Indigenous Resources into the Curriculum, MakerEd and Digital Creation, Inclusiveness, Empowerment, Diversity and lots of Reading