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August 29, 2015

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Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits

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Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals. Here, teacher librarian Phil Goerner tackles his top six objectives and lays out a plan for achieving these goals, which range from creating new maker space projects to engaging teachers in professional development.

“Toca Nature”: “A Perfectly Pixelated World” | Touch and Go

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Many readers know Toca Boca’s “play studio” apps designed for preschoolers. Here is something from them that’s a little different. It combines sandbox activities with a subtle ecological message.

SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2015 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners

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Today, School Library Journal and Scholastic recognize Kristina Holzweiss, Lakisha Brinson, and Sally Smollar, three school librarians who display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

Interactive presentations: a round-up

Sometimes it just hard to know. When you look at the faces around you, in your audience or your classroom, or increasingly, in remote spaces with folks you cannot see,  you just don’t really know if anyone is with you. What do they understand? What are the issues? If they are on their devices, are […]

MakerSpace: Green Screen Tips

I spent part of my summer learning how to do green screen from my niece, who goes by The Mustache Man on YouTube. She saved up her birthday and Christmas money to buy a green screen. She is hard core about making movies for her YouTube channel. She writes a script, auditions her friends, has […]

Follett Unveils Lightbox Interface for Pre-K–12

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Follett describes its new product as a “fully interactive, multi-dimensional interface for PreK-12 teachers” that “delivers market-leading multimedia content from multiple sources in a single interface available on any device.”

A “Completely and Utterly Disgusting” Game, Among Others | Touch and Go

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With only a few weeks left before summer is over, it’s time to download a few playful apps. While fun and games rule, you’ll discover that planning, strategy, and skill also come into play. Oh, yes, and then there’s that “completely and utterly disgusting” game for fans of Roald Dahl.

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Intensely political years present rich opportunities for teaching and learning.  As we enter the 2015/16 school year, I suspect we’ll see a bounty of resources to aid in the teaching of civic engagement and media literacy. One highly engaging, high quality resource high school and university instructors, and especially librarians, will want to grab right […]

Game on! Gaming at the Library | SummerTeen 2015

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Looking to incorporate games in your library’s programming and collections? A panel of librarians shared ideas and best practices on the topic during the first ever teen services track of SLJ’s SummerTeen all-day virtual event on August 13.

MakerSpace: Making Movie Magic with Tweens and Teens in the Library

Later today I’m giving a webinar with the Florida Library Webinars on Making Movies with Tweens and Teens. Below is the powerpoint and a few additional links I have found to get you started. I’m not incredibly great at making movies, but this is a good tool to get you started with the basics. This […]

Torben Kuhlmann’s ‘Lindbergh’ Soars as an iBook

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Torben Kuhlmann’s picture book, Lindbergh, the Tale of a Flying Mouse was published last year to glowing reviews. The recent release of the iBook version, with visual and audio enhancements, offers more to praise.

Capstone Launches PebbleGo Dinosaurs Database Module

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PebbleGo Dinosaurs, for pre-K through second grade, features articles related to more than 125 dinosaurs, such as ankylosaurus, stegosaurus, triceratops, tyrannosaurus rex, and velociraptor.

It’s explosive: Brit’s Biggest Bangs

No mess.  No danger.  No smelly fumes. BBC Brit’s Biggest Bangs is a fun, interactive video experience that allows users to channel their inner mad scientists, mixing dangerous chemicals with sometimes explosive results without a proper laboratory. The secret behind the interactivity is a central choose-your-own-adventure video around which annotations lead to separate videos that […]

School Librarians Want More Tech—and Bandwidth | SLJ 2015 Tech Survey

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IPads, maker spaces, 3-D printers, and coding skills top the tech wish lists for 1,259 school librarians across the country, according to School Library Journal’s 2015 Technology Survey.

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

NYC School Tech Summit: Green Screens, Digital Tools, and, Above All, Innovation

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During the jam-packed event on July 29, nearly 2,000 educators, principals, and superintendents from across New York City’s five boroughs were encouraged to rethink their teaching with new practices and digital tools this fall—and beyond.

App Review: A Beautiful Mess

Last week while discussing the Candy Camera app, suggested by The Tween and the Bestie, librarian Maria Selke reminded me of the A Beautiful Mess photo app. I am a huge fan of the A Beautiful Mess (ABM) blog, so I had actually purchased the app well over a year ago. The only problem is […]

App Review: Candy Camera

Knowing my obsession with pictures – my last smart phone had over 14,000 of them saved by the time it bit the dust – The Tween and The Bestie came to me a couple of days ago and shared that their new favorite photo app is Candy Cam. They declared it better than Instagram – […]

More “Endless” Fun | Touch and Go

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Originator has won high praise for its “Endless” apps—a playful, educational series that focuses on basic reading and math readiness skills. Their latest release is an introduction to Spanish for children learning it as a first or second language.

Warren Buckleitner Curates a Starter Set of Apps

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You might say that the iPad’s been cursed by its own success—full of mid-to-low quality apps that tease kids with free offers. Here’s a starter list of better apps, with something for every youngster.

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

Trio for mobile media curation

The folks who brought us the digital storytelling tool, Meograph, offer up a new app designed to facilitate mobile storytelling across platforms. Launched in March and available free for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Trio allows users to mash up or curate third party assets with their own digital content, captions and comments to create […]