Google+

June 30, 2015

Subscribe to SLJ

2015 AASL Best Apps and Best Websites revealed!

Need a little something to do this summer?  There’s plenty for you to explore. You may have missed the actual reveal live yesterday, but please don’t miss the big announcements made by your AASL colleagues at Annual in San Francisco. I was honored to serve on the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee this […]

Apprentice Architect | Touch and Go

EH150625-ApprenticeArchitect-APP

Through interactive activities users will have an opportunity to explore a museum designed by Frank Gehry and consider some of the decisions an architect makes about shape, color, pattern, and light as they design their own buildings.

appoLearning Collections: a new tool for curating apps and resources

I had breakfast with a colleague from the Graduate School of Education yesterday and our conversation kept returning to how can classroom teachers possibly keep up with what looks like an educational app explosion?  How can they carve out the time it takes to effectively integrate apps and other new resources into instruction? How can […]

Winston Churchill, Snow White, and the Alphabet | App Reviews

SLJ1506-APPs-Think-Like-Churchill-TN

From fairy tales to Winston Churchill, our favorite apps this month explore a range of topics this month.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

My first Cardboard experience

I jut received my Google Cardboard. I ordered the virtual reality viewer from among the choices recommended for my iPhone.  (A downloadable kit allows manufacturers to produce and sell Cardboards.) I folded the simple device together from its flat cardboard package. I matched together the strategically positioned slots, so that the magnets, velcro, little strap, […]

Sandbox Science on the iPad

simple machines

Generations of kids have been introduced to science concepts at sand and water tables. Today, they can also explore sandbox apps.

Lesson Flows: app smashing instructional design

I’ve written quite a bit about app smashing, the understanding that it often takes more than one app or tool to effectively accomplish a digital task.  Well, that concept is also true about building instruction these days. How can we better harness and leverage all of those appealing digital tools we discover? CommonSense Media, the […]

Cat’s Cradle: A Graphic Adventure | Touch and Go

TouchGo-Cats-Cradle-TN

Jo Rioux’s middle grade graphic adventure, available in both iOS and Android, is well drawn and engaging, and will leave readers eager for more—despite some technical challenges.

Charged! From Atoms to Electricity | Touch and Go

photo

Today’s app reviews cover introductions to foundational science topics studied at one point during every student’s career.

Hilda Bewildered | Touch and Go

Hilda 2

Few authors and developers create fictional stories for the iPad with the tween and teen audience in mind. Lynley Stace of Slap Happy Larry is an exception. Her latest app, Hilda Bewildered, will delight fans.

It’s All About the Birds | Touch and Go

icon-birdguide

Bird-watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor hobbies in United States, generating enthusiasm across age groups and demographics. Digital references for these hobbyists are on the rise.

A Pourquoi Tale from Liberia: “Dentist Bird” | Touch and Go

Screen from "Dentist Bird" (Literary Safari)

Dentist Bird, a West African folktale from Literary Safari, explains how it came to be that plover birds clean crocodiles’ teeth. The developer notes that 100 percent of the purchase price of the app will go to “We-Care Foundation’s efforts to keep children reading and learning amidst the Ebola outbreak.” For iOS and Android.

Playing with the Alphabet, “Metamorphabet” | Touch and Go

The letter N from (Vectorpark) Patrick Smith

Only two months out of the gate and ‘Metamorphabet,’ a new app created and developed by Patrick Smith and Vectorpark, has received accolades, including recognition by the 2015 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award Committee. Take a peek at the trailer and you’ll see why.

What Would Winston Do? | Touch and Go

Churchilll cover

A new app from Touch Press includes “primary sources; promotes analysis, evaluation, and higher-level thinking; and is beautifully designed and fun.” What more could we ask for?

New from Nosy Crow! Snow White | Touch and Go

snow white cover

Nosy Crow’s list of fairy tales has scooped up a number of accolades including the prestigious BolognaRagazzi Digital Award in the fiction category. Their latest app features the same quirky storytelling and smart interactivity that has enchanted children since their first production was released.

Westward Bound | Touch and Go

photo

“‘With a sinking feeling, I realized that I was entering a new kind of life, as rough and full of ups and downs as the road over which we traveled. Would I have the courage and fortitude to stick it out?”—Katherine Kirk,’” quoted in Kids Discover’s “Pioneers.”

The New Immigrants NYC 1880-1924 | Touch and Go

New immigrants

In its breath and depth, a new app created by the New York City Department of Education in partnership with four cultural institutions will help students understand the value of primary sources, develop insight into the experience of millions of new arrivals to our nation in the early 20th century, and explore historical thinking. And best of all—it’s free.

Outstanding STEM Apps: Digital resources on life science, physical science, and earth and space sciences

SLJ1503-STEMAPP-Molecules-TN1

Current academic interests include increasing the number of accessible science and digital resources. The apps listed here satisfy both needs.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

March 2 Is Seuss Day | Touch and Go

camel 2

Oceanhouse Media is the place to go if you are looking for a Dr. Seuss title in digital. To date they have published dozens of Seuss and “Dr. Seuss Learning Library” titles for iOS, Android, and other devices. Celebrate the beloved author’s birthday on March 2 with a few apps.

Time For Bed: Story Apps To Put Them In the Mood | Touch and Go

EH_150219_SleepyApps

A cat creeping around a house, a raccoon scavenging through trash cans, and circus animals settling down for the night, are some of the sights and sounds seen and heard in these soothing story apps guaranteed to ease children into bedtime routines.