December 9, 2016

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Top 10 Apps | 2016

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Daryl Grabarek, SLJ’s resident app guru, curates a stellar list of the best educational and story apps produced in the past year.

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PhotoScan for no-glare, super easy archiving of your old pics!

Okay, this one may not be for school, but it sure is handy and I will use it to death. I just discovered Google Photo’s new PhotoScan app.  If, like me, you’ve got thousands of family photos in albums in your basement or attic, this may be the perfect holiday activity for the gang. The […]

On the Map | Touch and Go

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Injecting game play or interactive quizzes into lessons can help them go down a bit more smoothly. Here are two apps that offer students of geography both “learn” and “play” opportunities.

A Sobering Centennial: The Somme Offensive | Touch and Go

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The Battle of the Somme, the devastating, five-month offensive of World War 1, is commemorated in an app marking its centennial.

To Panama with a Tiger and a Bear | Touch and Go

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Two creatures discover that the land of their dreams is not so far away after all.

A Mathemagician’s Playbook | Apps

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Criteria for selecting math apps and a few stellar examples.

Ormiboard: an IWB without the IWB (and a lot more interactive goodness_

If you are looking for ways to make your presentations more interactive and if you are working in a 1:1 environment and if you are looking for an instructional platform that easily moves across devices and if you’d like to have an interactive whiteboard with you wherever you share and teach, I think you’ll want […]

Portable and Practical: A Guide for Budding Birders | Touch and Go

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A field guide to birds for the youngest children that’s chock-full of information and activities.

From Pop-Up to App, “With a Few Bricks” | Touch and Go

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Pat the Bunny was one of the first interactive books to make the leap to the iPad; others have followed. Here’s one from Vincent Godeau.

Boum! | Touch and Go

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SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

Paul Klee, for Kids | Touch and Go

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A beautifully designed app that introduces children to the dreamlike works of the 20th-century master.

TPIB: Photo Shrink Jewelry Charms

Although we have some permanent stations set up in our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, we also occasionally rotate in some different stations to make sure our teens have a variety of activities to engage in. One of our permanent stations includes a bank of iPads which we […]

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”

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For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.

A STEM App Round-Up | Touch and Go

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Looking for apps to load onto your tablets at the start of the school year? We have a few.

Taming First-Day Jitters—On the Tablet | Touch and Go

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The interactivity of apps can offer children in a school setting for the first time a bit of playful control as they work through their new experience.

Fallen London |Touch and Go

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The popular, text-based adventure, a “Lovecraftian dream of Victorian London,” is now available in iOS. Enter at your own risk.

Reaching for the Sky: Tinybop, Inc. | Touch and Go

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“Sparking curiosity, diving into big ideas, and making connections to the world,” are design objectives of the innovative developer Tinybop, Inc., and all are in evidence in Skyscrapers, the seventh volume in their “Explorer’s Library” series.

Bloomz: a powerful tool for home/school communication

Bloomz is a game changer, a kind of Swiss Army knife for school communication that does the job of multiple single purpose apps. It’s free and it works across platforms and devices and it’s got the  communications arena covered. I first discovered Bloomz from this year’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee, but it […]

AnswerGarden a powerful, minimalistic feedback/brainstorming tool

Gathering quick feedback and initiating a brainstorm have never been easier.  AnswerGarden looks like what would happen if Twitter, TodaysMeet, Padlet and Wordle and Tagxedo had a little baby app. Here’s a little introduction I pulled together. AnswerGarden rightly describes itself as a minimalistic feedback tool. It takes under 10 minutes to master. You can […]

Lumino City | Touch and Go

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“Thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing, and intellectually challenging,” is the opinion of SLJ‘s reviewer Cindy Wall.