January 19, 2017

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The Problem with Student Privacy, and How To Protect It

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Strategies for safeguarding student data in schools and libraries, and student privacy in general, in the information age.

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Boldly Venturing into “Space” with Tinybop | Touch and Go

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Space, the most recent addition to Tinybop’s “Explorer’s Library,” was released last month, and like the other titles in the series, exploration is the name of the game.

Google Launches Toontastic 3D, an App for Telling Animated Stories

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Unlike other tools that focus on the technical aspects of filmmaking, Toontastic 3D emphasizes storytelling, according to Google, which released the free app for Android and iOS devices today.

Snapchatting “The Odyssey”: An Epic Success

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A librarian-teacher team figure out how to get a group of reluctant learners excited about a required project on Homer’s epic poem: Snapchat.

Announcing Flipgrid One (free and fabulous)

Today, one of my favorite communication/creativity platforms shared some major enhancements and a commitment to equity. I have been a devoted fan of Flipgrid since the beginning. For me it’s one of those wifi desert island web tools. Created by LT Media Lab at the University of Minnesota, Flipgrid is a simple and elegant video-based discussion platform […]

Free Tools for SAT/ACT Test Prep | Tech Tidbits

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Help students prepare for college prep tests with these free interactive resources.

A Fiete Fiesta | Touch and Go: Best of Apps and Enhanced Books

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New apps from Ahoiii Entertainment, a developer known for its engaging, skill-building apps for young children.

New Year, New Ideas: Knockout Programming for 2017

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From astronomy and salsa storytime to family literacy and more, these programming ideas for the year ahead hit it out of the park.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Introduce myShakespeare to your students!

Fun fact: You may know I was an English major. You may not know that my serious focus was 16th century poetry and drama. My favorite course ever was Shakespeare’s Problem Plays. Not every student I’ve met over the years felt the same draw to Shakespeare. The play is just not every kid’s thing. The […]

The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how.

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In the era of fake news, librarians are our best hope for educating kids about bogus reporting, biased points of view, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Dream Library for Students with Special Needs | Take the Lead

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A principal of a school for students with multiple disabilities spearheaded superb library services.

Urban Arts Partnership Brings Music Production to Maker Spaces

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Inspiring and teaching students through hip-hop—or any music genre they’re into—can be easier than you think.

Raising the Curtain on Nosy Crow’s “Fairytale Theater” | Touch and Go

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Fans of Nosy Crow apps can now create stories—and fractured fairytales—featuring the developer’s characters.

Cool New Tech Tools & Gadgets for Your Library Wishlist

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Robots that teach coding, DIY computer kits, virtual reality, and more. There’s something here to satisfy every budding techie.

Presidential Primary Sources Project: Free interactive videoconferencing

The National Park Service, U.S Presidential Libraries, and Museums, the Internet2 community, and cultural and historic organizations nationwide recently announced the schedule for their annual Presidential Primary Source Project (PPSP).  This is a perfect opportunity for librarians to connect teachers and students to memorable experiences that will make history and Presidential politics come alive. This […]

The Follett–BiblioNasium Partnership at Work

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Here are what the day-to-day advantages of the June, 2016 move are turning out to be.

Library-Based Making in Underserved Areas

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Sylvia Aguiñaga and Kristin Fontichiaro, among the leaders of our upcoming Maker Workshop online course, share their hard-won wisdom on maker program success.

Libraries Ready to Code!

The library is a great place to introduce the ready to code concept because we’re public, we’re free, we’re easily accessible. After School Services Manager (Queens, New York) It’s really not just coding. It is a way of thinking and perceiving and problem-solving. Teacher Librarian (Norman, Oklahoma) When I’m coding… I really feel like I […]

Wonders 2017: McGraw-Hill’s K–6 ELA Program | SLJ Review

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Packed with new features, the updated English Language Arts program includes a student interface where teachers can assign independent work.

Ardusat Space Kit: A Launching Pad for Imagination | SLJ Review

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With this kit—and a generous budget—your students can create code that will be sent into orbit, collecting data from a satellite.