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August 28, 2014

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Time for a Little Common Sense: Evaluating Apps, Games, and Websites | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Krista Brakhage is going back to school with Graphite, an expansive and useful resource from Common Sense Media that features unbiased reviews of apps, games, and websites.

Happy Campers: Librarians Discuss, Brainstorm, and Make at Annual KidLibCamp Unconference

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Librarians from New England, New York, and New Jersey met to discuss top topics and share best practices at the sixth annual KidLibCamp at Darien Library.

A Teacher Librarian’s Path to Becoming a Google Educator | Tech Tidbits

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Inspired by the recent Innovative Education in Colorado Conference, teacher librarian Phil Goerner set out to become a certified Google Educator this summer. Here’s what he learned.

Bridging the Gap: Making Libraries More Accessible for a Diverse Autistic Population

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One in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. SLJ explores the different accommodations and programs within the library world that encompass the wide range on the autism spectrum—depending on severity of the condition to the age of the youth with autism.

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

Class of 2014: YA Debut Novels | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

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The class of 2014 includes debuts by novelists who are surely more than one-hit wonders. From current issues in society to murder and reality TV to Cold War Russia, the following selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to leave their mark on YA literature.

Evanced Solutions Offers Free Wandoo Reader Webinar for ALA Attendees

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Listen up, ALA conference attendees, register for the free “Gamify Your Summer Reading Programs: How to Increase Participation and Completion with Wandoo Reader” webinar on June 18 at 1 p.m. ET.

Culturally Diverse Books Selected by SLJ’s Review Editors

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Playing upon and expanding Rudine Sims Bishop’s framework for understanding multicultural literature for children, the SLJ Reviews Editors select their favorite recent titles.

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

Newsreel heaven! British Pathé posts 90,000 Historical Films on YouTube

Newsreel heaven! British Pathé post 90,000 Historical Films on YouTube

British Pathé has placed its archive of more than 90,000 historical films (or 3,500 hours) on YouTube.

New Digital Product: Capstone Unveils Database Module PebbleGo Next and Prelaunch Special

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Capstone, a children’s books and digital products publisher, announced today—April 10—at the Texas Library Association that a new product, PebbleGo Next,™ its newest database module for grades 3-6, will debut this upcoming fall.

Free New Game Apps Support Children with Autism

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One of the new apps from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders aims to empower children on the autism spectrum to reach out to first responders and other community members when they need help.

Make Life Easier with Google Add-Ons | Tech Tidbits

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Looking to make your work life easier and more streamlined? Who isn’t! Google has recently released a number of add-ons destined to become part of the more efficient you.

Marvelous Math Books for PreK and Up

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School Library Journal “First Steps” columnist Lisa G. Kropp suggests a wealth of whimsical math-focused titles, featuring everything from robots to toucans to poems by Edgar Allan Poe.

“Sketchnotes” Invigorate Student Note-Taking and Bolster Visual Thinking

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Brad Ovenell-Carter, an education innovator at a K-12 school in Vancouver, B.C., is teaching students the value of sketchnotes—illustrated records that distill a lecture, speech, or lesson into a visual synopsis. Others educators are catching on.

Challenge-Ready: Using Thoughtful Leadership to Promote the Freedom to Read | Scales on Censorship

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Chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee Pat Scales offers advice and resources to educators looking to promote the freedom to read in their classrooms and libraries.

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

Tellitmyway: the oral tradition meets Reddit

Tellitmyway: the oral tradition meets Reddit

Looking for an authentic strategy for inspiring student writing? Joyce Valenza recommends Tellitmyway, a new nonprofit site, which she describes as a “living, breathing example of the oral tradition in the digital age.”

Science Made Simple: A Review of the Today’s Science Database | Reference Online | February 2014

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With every link and article, with every illustration and helpful tip, it is clear that Infobase had one thing in mind in revamping Today’s Science: student success. This database is attractive in design and easy to use. It is packed with well-researched, relevant information and provides practical tips covering not only how to maximize the database’s usefulness, but also how to maximize research methods in all areas of study.

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

SPONSORED: We Love YA Griffin Teen: 2014 Poster Now Available | Promo

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Cue the confetti cannons and cheerleaders: it’s time for our annual list of teen fiction from St. Martin’s Griffin! Check out the books and download the 2014 poster now. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Exploring ‘Open Culture’ | Tech Tidbits

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Open Culture bills itself as having “the best free cultural & educational media on the web.” Teacher-librarian Krista Brakhage resolved to make friends with Open Culture and discovers that with a little bit of searching, the site provides a treasure trove of valuable resources for instruction and the classroom.

Smithsonian Libraries Launches Three Courses on iTunes, More Courses Coming Soon

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The Smithsonian Libraries has launched three courses of selected content on iTunes U about early aviation and space history. More courses will be rolled out during the first half of 2014, including one on “Women in Aviation.”

Nelson Mandela Video Available for Streaming, Creating Custom Clips

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The C-SPAN Video Library includes nearly 60 appearances by Nelson Mandela on the C-SPAN networks dating back to 1990. You can stream most of them online along with being able to keyword search mechanically-generated transcripts of each program and create custom clips for sharing.