Students at a Brooklyn vocational school and occupational training center constructed furniture for themselves and their library. They’re part of a movement empowering people of all abilities to create and build.
An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.
Making is clearly an engaging activity for students. But are they actually learning anything? Annie Murphy Paul presents a compelling case based on cognitive research.
We’re not coding in schools so that every kid can get a tech job; we’re doing so to give all kids the chance to understand and interact with the technologies in their lives.
Resources for learning to code online and face to face, from Khan Academy to Black Girls Code; and suggested lesson plans using Scratch.
Quilting, knitting, and creating by hand foster collective learning. Plus: Top 10 crafting tips; Five outstanding crafting programs
What if we could reappropriate traditional paper pads to teach technology and foster creativity? It might look something like “Hack Your Notebook,” a project that adds illumination—literally—to what you write or draw with a craft called paper circuitry.
Many librarians say it’s time to overhaul the whole idea of mandatory reading in June, July, and August. Read what they’re doing about it—and check out 10 tips to flip the summer reading experience.
Take a look at the selections on NCTE’s 2015 list of notables—and ideas on how to use them across the curriculum.
With myriad adaptations for use in the classroom, MinecraftEdu brings Common Core–enhanced gaming to students.
A library system’s countywide Minecraft program is a core service, an afterschool sanctuary, and a peer support group.
Check out average book prices for children’s, young adult, and adult titles in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass-market paperback format.
Getting a new school library off the ground takes ingenuity—and elbow grease. Read how these determined librarians did it. Plus: grant opportunities and key questions for volunteers.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.