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March 3, 2015

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Just Tech It Up Challenge: Win $100K in Classroom Technology from Sharp

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If you work in a K–12 accredited school that could benefit from over $100,000 worth of classroom tech products, read on about Sharp’s Classroom Technology Challenge.

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

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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.

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

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Video in the classroom is a promising, effective tool for student and teacher learning and education. Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tips on how to use digital video resources in the classroom.

The E-Rate Window Is Wide Open: So What Next?

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Libraries and schools applying for E-Rate’s Wi-Fi program have an extra $1.5 billion of funds to tap until the March 26 deadline. Here are some tips and tools to maximize your application.

SLJ Reviews LittleBits: These bright, appealing sets encourage tinkerers to explore electronics

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Imagine if building a flashlight was as easy as stacking blocks, or that you could build a robot with a shoebox, nine-volt battery, and a pile of components small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Enter LittleBits, a modular, à la carte electronics prototyping platform for users of all skill levels

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

Spanning the College Readiness Gap | Editorial

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Too many teens arrive at college unprepared to do the work ahead. From research savvy to life skills, college readiness needs to be addressed through concerted effort by educators and librarians.

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

Congressional Hearing “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” Will Be Streamed Live Feb 12

“How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” is scheduled to take place before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee on Thursday, February 12, 2015, beginning at 11:15 a.m. EST/8:15 a.m. PST.

Promoting College Readiness via Pinterest |College Ready

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School and public librarians are leveraging social media—Pinterest, Twitter, and LibGuides—to get college information in front of high school seniors.

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

Technology Pilots in Colorado Juvenile Facility Libraries Support Learning and Digital Literacy Skills

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The Division of Youth Corrections, in partnership with the Colorado State Library, has had a great run in its recent launches of multiple technology pilot projects in select juvenile correctional facilities statewide. These innovative initiatives are designed to support positive youth development and resilience for at-risk youth.

Fringe Factor: Small Presses and Self-Publishing

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Small presses and self-publishing are turning the book industry on its head, presenting opportunities and challenges for librarians seeking the gems.

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

Screencasting Tools for Tech Support | Cool Tools

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These video and screencasting resources will help you create videos that provide technical assistance.

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

Ebooks Will Surge in Classrooms, Study Says

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The January 28 report from LightSail Education, polling 475 educators, also revealed a strong preference for purchasing ebooks outright over subscription models.

Shakespearean Resources | Mix It Up

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Shake up your Shakespeare lessons and inject new life into curriculum units and assignments on the Bard with this list of interactive apps, websites, humorous books, and other inventive resources.

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

Is 2015 the Year of the Desktop? | The Next Big Thing

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For all the power, popularity, and potential of tablets and Chromebooks, they just can’t get some things right. Tasks like CAD designs for 3-D printing or higher-level programming work better on a powerful desktop.

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

IPad Games Blend with the Physical World | SLJ Reviews Osmo

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“Osmo is part app and part iPad, with a little physical hackery thrown in,” writes Chad Sansing, who considers the new gaming platform’s potential for the classroom in his review.

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

Creating a School Library Makerspace: The Beginning of a Journey | Tech Tidbits

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After chasing down the funding, and getting input from colleagues and adviser, Phil Goerner is about to launch a makerspace focused on the basics—with room to grow—in Silver Creek (CO) High School’s library.

StarWalk Kids Media to Announce New Collaborative Writing Software

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Next week, at the FETC educational technology conference in Orlando, FL, StarWalk Kids Media will introduce a collaborative writing software that creates a single collaborative environment for reading, writing, and research for students in grades 3–8.

SLJ Reviews the Taz 4 3-D Printer | Test Drive

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Chad Sansing considers the Lulzbot device, resembling a “steampunk erector set,” and 3-D printing’s learning potential.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

How I Organized My School’s Hour of Code

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My students joined 20 million others in Code.org’s global event from December 8–14. Our highlights included “unplugged” coding, tutorials with themes from Angry Birds to Frozen, and $10,000 in tools and accessories, awarded by Code.org.

E-Rate Win for Schools and Libraries: Modernization Order Brings Another $1.5B

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The FCC voted another $1.5 billion to E-Rate, a federal subsidy program that brings high speed broadband to schools and libraries, and advocates, including the American Library Assocation and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, are voicing their cheer.