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September 15, 2014

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Linda W. Braun

About Linda W. Braun

Linda W. Braun (lbraun@leonline.com) is the Youth Services Manager at Seattle Public Library, an educational technology consultant, a past president of YALSA, and adjunct faculty at Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science.

Test Driving 3Doodler, the 3-D Pen | screencast tutorial

Test Driving 3Doodler, the 3-D Pen | screencast tutorial

While the device may have some improvements in subsequent iterations, the 3-D pen has potential for use with teens, especially with burgeoning maker programs.

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

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

Wouldn’t it be great to provide a video tour of your library for students and teachers? You can do this easily with TouchCast, an app for creating video for the iPad, enhanced with linked content: photos, maps, polls, websites, and more. Our screencasts show you how it’s done.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Life Hacking with IFTTT | screencast tutorial

Life Hacking with IFTTT | screencast tutorial

IFTTT—“If This Then That”—helps you automate tasks in order to better maintain professional learning networks, resources, and schedules. Learn how to find and create recipes on the Web (ifttt.com) or via the new IFTTT iPhone app in this video guide.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Test Driving Oyster, a “Netflix for Ebooks”

Test Driving Oyster, a “Netflix for Ebooks”

How good is Oyster, the new ebook subscription service? Linda W. Braun puts the application through its paces in a screencast series showing how to get started with Oyster, how to search titles, and what it all means for libraries.

Sharing Public Domain Ebooks with the Book Elf

Sharing Public Domain Ebooks with the Book Elf

The Book Elf is a new tool for getting PD digital content into the hands of readers. Discovery of titles could be improved, but it does have some potential.

From Scratch to Tynker: Tools to Teach Kids How to Code | screencast tutorial

From Scratch to Tynker: Tools to Teach Kids How to Code | screencast tutorial

A screencast tour of four free applications to help kids learn how to code: Daisy the Dinosaur, Hopscotch, Scratch, and Tynker.

App Awareness: What to look for in an app

With apps, it’s important to keep abreast of what’s available and be able to discern what makes one app a better choice than another for a particular task. While each category of apps requires its own criteria for evaluation, there are some constants to bear in mind.

Platform

This might seem like a no-brainer, but is the app available for your operating platform? For iOS compatible devices, does it work on both the iPhone and iPad? If so, are there [...]

The Enablers: Apps that free you to work anywhere

From doing research and taking notes to crafting a blog post and sharing photos, apps help me get the job done no matter where I am. These handy tools in the practical vein serve double duty in supporting the day-to-day work of librarians and educators as well as the activities of students, both in and out of school. And there sure are a lot of choices out there.

Having made it somewhat of [...]

The Big App: New York’s libraries take homework help mobile–with a little help from their friends

—“Why when I search for ‘Full Metal Alchemist’ do I end up with results about comic books and nothing about Full Metal Alchemist [the manga series]?”

—“Why can’t I do a search for anything that has more than two words?”

— “Can I search just for events that are in my local branch?”

These are just some of the questions posed by teens in response to HomeworkNYC Apps, a suite of tools designed to provide around-the-clock help to the [...]