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October 30, 2014

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Daryl Grabarek

About Daryl Grabarek

Daryl Grabarek dgrabarek@mediasourceinc.com is the editor of School Library Journal's monthly enewsletter, Curriculum Connections, and its online column Touch and Go. Before coming to SLJ, she held librarian positions in private, school, public, and college libraries. Her dream is to manage a collection on a remote island in the South Pacific.

Game On! Playful Apps for Children (and Adults) | Touch and Go

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Five spot-on game apps offer kids (and adults) hours of fun and challenges.

Put a Little Spook On Your iPad | Apps for the Halloween Season

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Two iPad apps will put your middle grade students in the Halloween mood.

Brian Cox’s ‘Wonders of Life’ | Touch and Go

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He refers to himself as a bit of an “academic ” and lucky for us that he is one. Brian Cox is also a highly engaging, enthusiastic teacher of all things science. In his latest immersive production, ‘Wonders of Life,’ he delves into the origins and mysteries of life on Earth.

A Virtuoso Performance: ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons’ | Touch and Go

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A new app from Touch Press is always cause for celebration, and in ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons,’ the developer, with the help of Deutsche Grammophon, has engineered a production that mirrors the groundbreaking work accomplished in its productions of ‘Beethoven’s 9th’ and the ‘Liszt Sonata in B Minor.’

Banned Books | Sparking Discussions with Students

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Encourage children and teens to read a banned or challenged book isplay of titles by Dav Pilkey, Louise Fitzhugh, Pura Belpré, Rainbow Rowell and other popular authors deemed “inappropriate” at one time or another.

The New News-O-Matic | Touch and Go

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News-O-Matic, a subscription app launched in June 2013 by Press4Kids, has recently undergone enhancements for its readers—and their educators.

Throwback Thursday | Are librarians the authors of their own stereotype?

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Digging around in want ads for librarians from the 1950s and 1960s begs the question: did the profession play a role perpetuating the stereotype, particularly in children’s librarianship, of a female profession?

Ken Burns, Curated | Touch and Go

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Ken Burns has been busy. The award-winning filmmaker’s seven-part television series, ‘The Roosevelts,’ premiered on PBS recently, and ‘Ken Burns’ the app, featuring hours of curated clips from his documentaries was just released.

The March Goes On | Touch and Go

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As we mark the 51st anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, two first-rate compelling resources on that day and the Civil Rights era now have iPad iterations. Both are essential classroom resources and both are free.

A Mystery Unravels | Touch and Go

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Prepare to spend time with this app. On opening it you’ll find yourself in a labyrinth and a mystery, and it’s up to you to decide how the story unfolds.

Constructing a Life | A Conversation with Isabel Quintero

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“Adults forget what it is like to be a teen—that on their way to becoming adults they are often faced with situations they don’t know how to react or respond to. I often hear adults say, ‘In my day young women/men didn’t behave this way or that way.’ I have to laugh because, yes they did!”

Interactive & Imaginative: New Apps for Young Children | Touch and Go

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This week we highlight three apps for children preschool-grade one: a multimedia production to reinforce concepts and two flights of fancy. What do they have in common? In a word, action!

The Rules of Summer; Shakespeare at Play | App Reviews

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There’s play and plays in this month’s selection of apps that you won’t want to miss.

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Seamus Heaney and a Tale of Five Fables | Touch and Go

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What do a contemporary Irish poet, a 15th-century Scots poet, and a storyteller that lived more than 2000 years ago have in common? Find out in this review of the latest iPad offering from Touch Press.

The Numberlys Imag.N.O.Tron | Touch and Go

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Find out what Moonbot Studios, that “secret zero-gravity colony inhabited by interstellar beings” in Shreveport, LA, has been up to. Once again, it defies reality.

Pierre et le loup | Touch and Go

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Sergueï Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ is often a child’s first introduction to the orchestra. This delightful production of that musical story that can be enjoyed by those miles away from a concert hall….

Tap & Touch: Recommended apps for early learning

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When it comes to children under the age of two and screen time, early learning specialists and the American Academy of Pediatrics don’t recommend it. For ages two to five? Most experts agree that limited, “intentional and developmentally appropriate” use is acceptable. Here are our recommendations of a few apps that meet that criteria.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The World of Plants | Touch and Go

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Readers of ‘Kids Discover’ magazine know that it is packed with fabulous photos, fascinating facts, and amusing activities; this app, which was adapted from an issue of the magazine, contains all those features, and more.

Celebrating Dad and Mom | Touch and Go

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Parental love is celebrated in two apps for the preschool crowd from Snappyant. With Father’s Day on the horizon, these may be just the apps for the family iPad.

What’s On Your Summer Reading List? | Authors and Illustrators Respond

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Find out what your favorite authors and illustrators are reading this summer.