Digital Learning Day 2014

Digital Learning Day

On a day that celebrates digital learning, what did I do?  I took my kids to the library!  Ha!  How’s that for 21st century learning?

We had yet another snow day here today, and E has been asking to go to a “real” library.  We hadn’t visited one in a long time as D was last seen dragging books off the shelves quicker than I could replace them.

This time was different.  Both boys were captivated by the letter puzzles, character puppets, and of course the sheer number of books!  I grabbed a few that caught my eye when I noticed a sectioned entitled, “BookFlix”.  I recognized two icons immediately:  Scholastic and Weston Woods.  When E was a year old, we purchased a set of videos that featured prominent books for children including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Goodnight Gorilla, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight.  They have been a hit with both boys ever since.   My collective first grade “library” contains many of these, and the kids delight in reading them at bed.  But there is just something really special about seeing them in video form.  I grabbed a few new titles and a flyer and went on my merry way.


Here’s the bottom line:  BookFlix is an amazing resource for teachers and parents of children ages 4-8.  If you have a library card, you probably have FREE access!

So, let me summarize:

You get a library card. You go home or to school and log into your library’s website.  [PA residents can also use Power Library.]  You click on BookFlix and enter your library card number.  You select one of the many high-quality, often award-winning books from a set of nine themes.  You watch the video and read the paired nonfiction text.  [You hear that Common Core Crazies?  Paired texts!]  You complete activities, learn more about the author, and visit related websites that have been screened for young learners.  Oh, and did I mention lesson plans?  Yes, you have access to those too.


Still not convinced?  Here’s an explanation that I grabbed from the Bookflix site:

BookFlix is an excellent interactive program for parents to experience with their children. Parents and caregivers can bring their 4- to 8-year-old children to the library to spend some time exploring the program together. Or you can access the program at home through your library’s remote access system. Older brothers and sisters may also enjoy helping their younger siblings navigate the topics and stories inBookFlix.

All the fiction/nonfiction pairs in BookFlix are categorized according to nine themes: Animals and Nature, Earth and Sky, Family and Community, People and Places, Music and Rhyme, ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s, Adventure, Imagination, and Celebrations. Each topic includes a pair of books, one fiction and one nonfiction.

With topics and stories appropriate for the learning skills of preschoolers through grade three, BookFlix makes learning fun and interesting, as children learn the difference between fact and fiction.



Now, being that I am the iPod Teacher, I think it is important to point out that you will most likely need to use the Rover app (or something similar) to use this website on Apple devices.  As you know, Flash does not work on iOS devices, and BookFlix is heavy on Flash.  Don’t think you are wasting time with the Rover app.  Rover will give you access to other terrific educational websites which has included PBS Kids, Discovery Kids,  and Starfall.  Their partnerships have changed, so check for your favorites first!  Also, if there is another app that does the same thing as Rover and is kid-friendly, please let me know!