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May 30, 2015

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Make It So: Building on the Impulse to Create | Editorial

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The maker movement has taken our culture by storm, and libraries have been stepping up with programs large and small. While some might not view storytime craft projects—such as paper daffodils—as maker, others recognize their vital place on the creation continuum. We at SLJ see the SLJ_CV_May2015nimble response from the library world and recognize how much remains unknown or untested.

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Charged! From Atoms to Electricity | Touch and Go

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

Latinitas and DIY Girls: Paving the Way for Latina Makers

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Two nonprofit organizations, Latinitas and DIY Girls, are working with Latina teens and tweens to promote tech- and media-focused skills.

Hilda Bewildered | Touch and Go

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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.

App that Locates Free Summer Meals Aims to Include Libraries

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The Range app already locates spots for free summer meal sites across the United States. An Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $10,000 to upgrade the app so that it offers locations and hours for public libraries around the country where kids can go to be safe and engaged.

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

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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.

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Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

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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.

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Ready to Learn Coding? Here are resources. Plus: Teaching with Scratch| The Maker Issue

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Resources for learning to code online and face to face, from Khan Academy to Black Girls Code; and suggested lesson plans using Scratch.

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Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

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A curated list of resources to help students find high-quality, copyright friendly media for use in projects or presentations.

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3-D Printing: Worth the Hype? | The Maker Issue

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What is 3-D printing exactly, and how does it serve kids? Here’s a walk-through.

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Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue

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From scanning human teeth to designing clothes, making sparks ingenuity in students.

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Picture/Video of the Week: Sixth Grader Osman Yaya Interviews President Obama

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“I’m still a big Dr. Seuss fan—The Sneeches, Horton, and all that stuff,” the President told middle schoolers during his visit to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC. Watch the full video.

Hack Your Notebook: Circuitry mixes with paper in a creative project for 21st century learners

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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.

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SLJ Reviews the MaKey MaKey | Test Drive

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The popular Arduino kit makes a game of learning and banana pianos are just a start. School Library Journal Test Drive columnist unpacks the learning potential of MaKey Makey.

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Common Sense Education Launches Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Gaming Platform

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Digital Compass, a choose-your-own-adventure gaming platform, aims to teach middle school students about the opportunities and pitfalls of the digital world.

Capstone Announces New PebbleGo Dinosaurs

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At the Texas Library Association annual conference in Austin (April 14−17), Capstone unveils its pre-K−3 database PebbleGo Dinosaurs.

Fun National Poetry Month Apps and Resources for Teens | Tech Tidbits

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Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares a curated list of fun (and educational) apps and resources for teens celebrating National Poetry Month.

Applications Close April 30 for SLJ Build Something Bold Award

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The award honors creativity in school library programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning.

First Book and Unbound Concepts Partner to Match Low-Income Readers with Books

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First Book, a nonprofit that provides books to low-income schools and programs for a steep discount, has partnered with Unbound Concepts, a reading-focused tech company, to announce an app Artifact, matching books with low-income readers.

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

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With myriad adaptations for use in the classroom, MinecraftEdu brings Common Core–enhanced gaming to students.

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