Summer Meeting Recap

Hi, Brad from Skokie and Mike from Barrington here bringing you the recap of our summer meeting. First off–thank you all for coming! We had another full house, just squeaking under the fire code occupancy limit–and we heard from two excellent speakers.

First, Elizabeth Lynch from Addison Public Library introduced Andrew Morrison from Workshop 88. Andrew has led technology programs for the Addison Public Library and he came to show Tinker Group the basics of Arduino. He started with a demonstration where a frequency changed pitch depending on how close his hand was to the device. He also spoke about the abundant code that is already written for Arduino and let us know that people don’t learn to write code by writing code. They learn to write code by reading other people’s code.

After his demonstration, Andrew talked librarians through a project where they were able to get hands on experience with Arduinos and make LEDs light up using an Arduino, a breadboard, wires, and resistors. It was great to have an expert on hand, and in the true Tinker spirit, Andrew asked librarians additional questions and set new goals. It was an excellent learning experience for us all, even when things didn’t go as planned.

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Then we had a virtual visit from Cen Campbell–beaming in from Silicon Valley to talk to us about New Media in Storytime. Cen is a children’s librarian, a children’s digital services consultant, and founder and editor-in-chief of  LittleeLit.com. Cen gave a great talk on the crucial role librarians can play in encouraging healthy, joint media engagement between kids and their caregivers. Her slides are below–including an extensive selection of recommended apps to support ECRR 2, which we didn’t have time to go over in the meeting.

Afterwords, we had a chance for participants to talk and try out a couple of different iPad projection set-ups, including wireless mirroring to AppleTV. Here are the related resources I mention to some of you which were in my previous post on Little eLit:

“We got an Apple TV ($99) and this special HDMI to VGA adapter (also available from Apple for $59). The problem (as my IT network specialist explained it to me) is that our library, and many others, block certain ports on their wifi network. This prevents patrons from accessing each other’s computers while sharing the wifi network. But that is exactly what the Apple TV and your iPad need to do–they have to access each other over the shared wifi network via these ports to do the mirroring. The Daring Librarian (‏@GwynethJones) recently tweeted this article which covers this info and has a link to this table of the specific ports that different mirroring setups require to be open.”

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