Google+

October 20, 2014

Subscribe to SLJ

An Elegant Proof: ‘Incredible Numbers’ on the iPad | Touch and Go

icon-incrediblenumbers

“Math is Beautiful” states Ian Stewart, and along with the production team at Touch Press, he delivers an elegant proof of that claim in ‘Incredible Numbers,’ a visual exploration of mathematical concepts.

Who Said Poetry Month Is Over? | Touch and Go

if interior

While National Poetry Month may be officially over, interest in great poems well delivered, never wanes. In this column we look at three very different digital anthologies that include verse. To quote the editors of one collection, we have poets “ancient and modern, fusty and frisky, famous and forgotten,” and to that we might add, a few rising stars.

Down with the Dinos | Touch and Go

s fight

With brief texts offering a touch of dino drama and some basic facts, Oceanhouse Media’s “Smithsonian Prehistoric Pals” series, based on books by Dawn Bentley, have found an enthusiastic audience with young children. The developer has recently added some new titles to this list; two are reviewed today.

Writing and Racing with Geronimo Stilton | Touch and Go

geronimo

Not many mice can boast a series of books, graphic novels, and audiobooks, and a website and newspaper, unless of course, it’s Geronimo Stilton. And now the prolific journalist/editor/adventurer has added an app to his oeuvre, brought to us via Scholastic.

Waterfalls, Geysers, & Turbines |Touch and Go

eee

“In Stockholm, Sweden, researchers have found a way to create usable energy from the excess body heat generated by the quarter million commuters who pass through the city’s train station every day.” This fact and a look at our use of energy—yesterday and today—can be found in a new app from Kids Discover.

Barefoot World Atlas; Jack and the Beanstalk | App Reviews

Barefoot World Atlas: Great Cities (Crane)  © David Dean.

New Informational apps and a well-known character take viewers on trips around the world and up a beanstalk.

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

‘Love, the app’ | Touch and Go

EH140327_loveapp

The winners of the 2014 Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award were recently announced; Gian Berto Vanni’s ‘Love, the app’ took the top prize in the fiction category.

Maps, Globes, and a Few Lessons in Geography | Touch and Go

great

Join us for a look at some recent geography releases for early elementary to middle school students. The apps offer different approaches to the topic; together they cover both physical and human geography.

Nosy Crow’s ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ | Touch and Go

photo-202

The award-winning British digital developer with a distinct approach to fairy tales has a new app, and it’s something to crow about.

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books

SLJ140301w_APP-Starting-Shakespeare-TN

This month’s selection of apps take viewers on journeys: following threads of of invention across time, and to Shakespeare’s works, in a presentation designed especially for students.

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

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! | Touch and Go

EH_2_27_14_SeussALT

Once again it’s time to raise a few balloons as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2) with a roundup of his stories and Seuss-inspired titles, released as apps within the past 12 months.

The Intergalactic Duo Is Back & Bowling | Touch and Go

Ansel

Capturing kids’ interest through games and badges is generally effective, but the trivia game ‘Ansel and Clair: American Bowl’ makes it clear that careful consideration must be given to both pacing and learning opportunities.

Axel’s Chain Reaction | Touch and Go

axel cover

‘Axel’s Chain Reaction,’ an original story app written by Allison Pomenta and illustrated by Mónica Armiño, provides multiple avenues to explore in a classroom, including a nonfiction investigation on kinetic art. It will also serve character education programs.

Journeys of Invention | Touch and Go

journeys cover

Prepare to get lost in the latest Touch Press app, ‘Journeys of Invention,’ developed in association with London’s Science Museum. Fourteen threads allow viewers to follow the creation of related technologies through time and cultures, and offer them some hands-on experiences with inventions ranging from a 17th-century microscope to a 20th-century encoder.

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books

Endless Alphabet (Originator Inc.) ©2013

This month’s app selections are strong choices for home and school collections: two engaging productions for kids learning the alphabet, and an interactive introduction to the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and the debates that swirl around the document today.

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

Starting Shakespeare | Touch and Go

photo-189

Plays by Shakespeare often send high school students running for the hills, turned off by the language and ultimately missing out on some of the world’s greatest literary masterpieces. Is there a solution to this problem? Australia’s national theater company, Bell Shakespeare, thinks so.

The Wagner Files | Touch and Go

photo-185

“Blaring trumpets, rumbling timpani. Dramatic surges of volume followed by ominous moments of quiet. Nobody has ever accused German composer Richard Wagner of subtlety.” ”The Wagner Files,’ a graphic novel, creates a vivid portrait of the 19th-century composer covering his music, and equally dramatic personal life and political activities from 1848 to his death in 1883.

Lessons from Aesop | Touch and Go

photo-179

The ‘Aesop for Children’ for iOS from the Library of Congress provides a window for today’s children into a past where the way a crow manages to get a drink from a bottle and the consequences of goats facing off on a narrow bridge prove instructive for real life.

A Bevy of Alphabet Apps | Touch and Go

Interior screen from "Elmo Loves ABC" (Sesame Street)

Judging from the number of alphabet apps, it appears that every developer has created at least one. This week we look at five of them, each worthy of a child’s attention.

History in the Making | Touch and Go

Interior image from 'The Constitution' (Kids Discover)

When it comes to nonfiction apps for middle grade students, Kids Discover has produced of high-quality products that make welcome additions to classroom collections. Read what Sara Lissa Paulson has to say about their ‘Constitution.’