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Asynchronous eCourse beginning September 8, 2014 and continuing for 3 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Rob Reid
Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process!
Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.
This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.
Estimated Hours of Learning: 12
Certificate of Completion available upon request
By the end of the eCourse, you will be able to:
- Create unusual, humorous, and highly participative story program themes
- Build programs around high quality picture books;
- Incorporate activities such as fingerplays, nursery rhymes, songs, movement activities, and crafts into storytimes
Readers of Rob Reid's bestselling books know his knack for freshening up storytimes through imaginative programming themes and content. Whether you’re getting started in programming or are a veteran in need of a battery-charger, you’ll catch the programming bug with Reid’s lively, humorous eCourse. With his guidance, you’ll learn how to move past bunny rabbits and teddy bears to create unique themes, while spotting audience participation elements that are often overlooked in picture books. He’ll show you how to add fingerplays, nursery rhymes, songs, movement activities, and crafts to make for even more engaging storytimes. Through a podcast and several videos, he’ll tell and show his presentation techniques, while assignments and discussion forums will encourage idea and resource sharing among your fellow attendees.
- Introduction: Podcast with Rob Reid talks about his start in storytime programs, finding his strengths, and developing techniques
- Storytelling: Demonstration of oral stories without a book (videos and assignment)
- Read Aloud Tip: From picture book selection to how to hold the book (videos)
- Themes: How to eliminate some themes and dream up new ones (discussion forum posting)
- Song and Music Activities, with links to specific picture books (video and assignment)
- Fingerplay and Movement Activities, with links to specific picture books (videos)
- Creating Original Rhymes and Songs (readings and video)
- Putting it All Together: How to make a lesson plan (assignment)
- Fun Extras
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on September 8, 2014. Your participation will require approximately four hours a week. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Rob Reid will monitor discussion boards regularly during the three-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on September 8 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor
is a full-time instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he teaches Children’s Literature, Literature for Adolescents, Trends and Issues in Literature K-1, and other courses in library science. A children’s librarian for 14 years, he has also taught for the Indianhead Federated Library System. He is the author of numerous books on children’s programming for ALA Editions, has a regular column in Book Links
magazine titled “Reid Aloud Alert,” and also writes for LibrarySparks
magazine. His website is Rappin' Rob