June 29, 2016

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Essential Conference Tips: An Infographic

At this point in my travel career, I’ve learned a bit about how to do library conferences with fewer pain points. On the plane to ALA Orlando 2016, and at lunch in the hotel before I got my room, I shared my tips with a few friends who offered additional crowd-sourced advice. If conference travel […]

Essential Conference Tips: An Infographic

At this point in my travel career, I’ve learned a bit about how to do library conferences with fewer pain points. On the plane to ALA Orlando 2016, and at lunch in the hotel before I got my room, I shared my tips with a few friends who offered additional crowd-sourced advice. If conference travel […]

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” |Touch and Go

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Behind Heuristic Media’s stunning app of “The Tempest” is the actor Ian McKellen, who with his business partner Richard Loncraine, has plans to release an app for each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays.

Getting closer to campus: Virtual reality college tours

The online college tour can be a very important experience, influencing what might be the first critical decision a young adult makes. Virtual tours of colleges and universities have been around since the beginning of the Web. They were later enriched as multimedia experiences. The game has changed. The new tours are significantly more immersive, revealing and […]

PBS KIDS Video App

Chock full of quality children’s programs, the newly updated PBS KIDS Video App is an absolute no-brainer download for families, and for preschool and primary classrooms and libraries. The app is free, easy to navigate and available for both iOS (iPads & iPhones) and Android. The attractive, kid-friendly interface offers immediate access to such series […]

Queens Library Steps Forward with Google ‘Computer Science First’ Kid Club

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Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins was on hand to cheer the city’s first public library-based sites, 26 branches in Queens, a county of 2.3 million that’s one of the most ethnically diverse in the country.

Apps for Nature Lovers | Touch and Go

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Viewers will delight in these two immersive, introductory apps from Bright World eBooks offering up-close and panoramic views of watery environments and their denizens.

How Conferences Could Be Better

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Attendees describe how they’d like ALA and other big conferences to evolve—and why smaller and virtual gatherings can be fine alternatives.

Small in a Big World | Touch and Go

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In an Eric Carle-like world of gentle creatures, a colorful cast of animals help Milli discover what it is that snails do best.

10 ISTE 2016 Must-Dos

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Key events and suggestions for librarians attending the 2016 ISTE event in Denver, CO, from June 26–29.

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Why Students Want Wi-Fi-Free Zones

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Students seek out Wi-Fi-free zones. They crave them. Word gets out about where they are, and people flock.

MLA Style Center Launches with Sample Papers and a Practice Template

Back in April, I wrote about the publication of MLA’s 8th edition and its significant shift in focus (Shifting into 8th (On MLA’s new edition). The simplified approach is a response to the increasing mobility of digital texts and to what Tim Parks calls “an element of fetishism” that has “perhaps crept into what was […]

Follett Launches New Maker Space Bundles for K–12 Libraries

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Designed to make starting a maker space quicker and easier, the pre-packaged supplies are specific to grade levels.

U.S. Girls Top Boys in Tech and Engineering, Study Shows

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The results of the nation’s first Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) student assessment are in, and here’s what they reveal.

Trend Alert: Teacher E-Newsletters from Public Libraries

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Public librarians across the country share their savvy advice on improving communication with some of their most important customers—teachers.

Hopscotch App Introduces Kids to Block Programming | SLJ Review

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Spell your name with emoji. Draw a snowflake. Create an Angry Birds game. Download Hopscotch and start coding these and other projects in minutes.

Free Virtual Conference to Help Librarians Teach Data Literacy

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The 4T Virtual Conference on “Data Literacy: Creating Data Literate Students” will take place July 14–15 and focus on teaching high school students statistical literacy, data visualization, and how to use data in arguments.

VT School Librarian Previews Google Expeditions App

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A field trip to the days of Davy Crockett may sound like something Ms. Frizzle cooked up, but it’s now possible—at least virtually.

Six IL High Schools to Use Library App Created by Local Teen

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It all began when a high school librarian had an idea. Add a senior who just happens to be a programming whiz, and the rest is digital history.

Video of the Week: ‘Hamilton’ Meets High School Neuroscience

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Science gets a rap beat in “Mental Abnormalities,” a student’s adaptation of the musical’s opening number.