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October 20, 2014

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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.

The Civil Rights Movement & More | Best of Apps & Enhanced Books

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Two apps on the Civil Right Movement and a pirate story headline our best-of-the-month column.

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

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.’

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.

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.

Fresh Ideas for iPad Maker Programming | Touch and Go

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Looking for fall programming inspiration? Consider these ideas from the authors of ‘The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children’s and ‘Tween Library Programs.’

Classic Tales for the iPad | Best of Apps & Enhanced Books

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These timeless stories from Aesop and Prokofiev will be appreciated by a range of readers and listeners at home and in the classroom.

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

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.

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!

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.

Incredible Numbers and iF Poetry | Best of Apps & Enhanced Books, June

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There’s poetry in numbers as iPad viewers discover this month.

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

‘Shakespeare at Play’ | Touch and Go

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The plays, sonnets, and life of William Shakespeare have long fascinated scholars and thespians. Recently, both these groups have turned their attention to producing digital resources for students. Rick Chisholm Productions enters the arena with ‘Shakespeare at Play.’

Shaun Tan’s ‘Rules of Summer’ | Touch and Go

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Scholastic, the publisher of ‘The Arrival,’ ‘The Bird King,’ and other titles by Shaun Tan, released his ‘Rules of Summer’ late last month. Fans of this author/illustrator will recognize some familiar, characteristic elements in this series of “tableaux” featuring two boys at large in their world during the summer holidays. The app offers 11 language options.

Creepers & Peepers | Touch and Go

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The sounds and habitats of several small creatures are featured in three apps produced by Dawn Publications, a company known for its close-up views of the natural world. Luminous artwork in vibrant colors, and light, effective animations will engage children as they learn about insects, amphibians, and a meadow mouse.