We have had great experiences so far with using our iPad in storytimes at Newark!
At our Halloween Party, before we got to our crafts, movie, and snacks, Miss Caitlin used the Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley App, and it was a hit! This is a book that is perfect to be used in an interactive app, with the facial features that appear and disappear. We also liked that when Miss Caitlin touched each new feature, it wiggled and made a sound.
At today's storytime, we read three books about things that go, and one of them was the Trucks by Byron Barton app. Miss Krystina paired this story with Stanley's Garage by William Bee and Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper. We liked that you could touch anything on each "page" and it would say the name of it, as well as show it in text. The cars moving was also magical to some of the kids.
Both times that we have used the iPad at programs have been pretty successful. I could tell that some of the kids didn't know what to think of a story on a screen at first, but I think they liked how interactive it was, and that the pictures moved.
We are planning an ELA Night for Kindergarteners later this week, and I plan to use some pictures I made using the Felt Board app, to tell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
We haven't put the iPad out for public use just yet, since we're still working on app selection, but I'm sure that once it's out, it will be a great asset to our Children's Room.
We plan to use the iPad often in our programs, so we are very grateful for this opportunity. Thanks, PLS!
Krystina Hardter @ Newark