July 23, 2017

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Natural Reader and other free text-to-speech tools

I’ve been working on gathering resources on for our new Emerging Literacies course and wanted to share some of the resources/app lists I’ve gathered for learners with special needs. Among the tools I am discovering are a few free resources for supporting text-to-speech. These resources are so handy for struggling readers, for ESL students, for […]

Monument Valley II | Touch and Go

Is it magic? Or is it geometry? Monument Valley llis a game to be savored.

A “Creature Garden” | Touch and Go

Wondering where to find the next fantastic beasts? With the engaging and intuitive Creature Garden app children can now create their own.

An “Old Man’s Journey” | Touch and Go

Gorgeous design and a complex narrative create an addictive game that will appeal to a range of ages.

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear & Friends at 50 | Touch and Go

Bill Martin Jr’s beloved Brown Bear turned 50, and to celebrate, a tap-and-touch encounter with the book’s characters illustrated by Eric Carle has been released.

AASL Best Apps and Best Websites

On Saturday, AASL committee members announced the 2017 Best Websites and 2017 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. In case you missed those big reveals, no worries!  Actually, worry–big time. You are in for a serious summer rabbit hole adventure. Now in its ninth year, The 2017 Best Websites for Teaching and […]

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Touch Press’s “Word Runners” App | Touch and Go

Amplify and Touch Press have joined forces to issue educational, skill-building games, one per month, on a subscription basis.

Maker Apps? Why not? | Touch and Go

A host of maker apps await you and your library patrons, including one of our favorites that’s free on iTunes this week.

Mortimer Redux | Touch and Go

Two whimsical story apps by Bo Zaunders were created using OCG’s “Develop-Your-Own” framework, designed by the studio for artists and writers.

Build Your Own Speaker: SLJ Reviews BOSEbuild Speaker Cube

Teachers and librarians can use the activities to design in-depth lessons on how sound is created, magnets work, and frequency and vibration affect pitch.

What Do a Bat and Kangaroo Have in Common? | Find Out in Tinybop’s “Mammals”

A new tool to engage kids in the sciences that’s informative, interactive, and easy to navigate.

App Review: Enlight

For months now I have been wanting to talk to you about a photo app called Enlight, the only problem is – I can’t figure out how to use it very well. This may sound like a dig at the app but it’s not, it’s an admission of my own lack of skills. The truth […]

Buried Alive | The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave

A 400-year-old mystery involving one of the greatest artists of all time is explored in “Buried Alive: The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave,” a thrilling, free app from Time Traveler Tours.

Max & Meredith | Touch and Go

In this interactive story, young viewers decide which path will lead to a missing dog.

Spiral: Four Apps in One!

I recently discovered an incredibly versatile participation tool.  Spiral is a free suite of  four powerful apps that promote classroom engagement and collaboration.  It makes so much of what we already do so much easier and it is a must-have tool for 1:1 settings.  Students may login to lessons using Google, Facebook, Clever or Edmodo. […]

Flip Flap Pets | Touch and Go

Axel Scheffler and a flip book all in one? What could be more fun?

A Peek Inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture | Touch and Go

If distance or lack of ticket availability has kept you from visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum’s free app allows a look inside.

This Is “Me” | Touch and Go

Tinybop’s latest app, “Me,” offers an excellent opportunity for self-exploration.

Lucy & Pogo | Touch and Go

A digital story imbued with activities and a message about tolerance.

Grandma’s Great Gourd | Touch and Go

This vibrantly drawn, interactive app features strong female characters and offers a look at another culture (with lots of complementary extras).