April 23, 2017

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Hello, Space Station! Teens Chat with an Astronaut via Ham Radio

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Through a NASA educational program, a Kansas teen librarian developed a related STEM curriculum that culminated in radio contact with the International Space Station.

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

Two Days Left To Enter the littleBits Earth Day 2017 Competition

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Students have until 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 21 to post an idea for an invention to clean and/or protect planet Earth.

College Student Creates App to Lead Young People To Diverse Books

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The free iOS app We Read Too taps into books starring characters of color written by authors of color.

HyperDocs and the teacher librarian

The concept of HyperDocs is spreading all over edtech land. HyperDocs are perfect opportunities to grow teacher librarian/ classroom teacher partnerships. A true extension of what TLs do or should be doing in a hyperlinked information landscape, HyperDocs are all about curation and collaboration,  instruction based on engaged inquiry, as well as our mission to […]

The New Google Earth | Picture of the Week

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SLJ got a demo of the new Google Earth, released today, April 18, at an unveiling held at New York’s Whitney Museum.

Junior Library Guild and 3DBear To Partner

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The Helsinki-based software company will collaborate with Junior Library Guild to bring tech to U.S. classrooms.

App Review: Enlight

For months now I have been wanting to talk to you about a photo app called Enlight, the only problem is – I can’t figure out how to use it very well. This may sound like a dig at the app but it’s not, it’s an admission of my own lack of skills. The truth […]

Kudos Wall: for building that first portfolio

We build portfolios in school. We use tools like Seesaw and Easy Portfolio.  And yet, the onus is usually on the teacher or the librarian to get the ball rolling and sustain the efforts across grade levels. I wonder if the kids themselves get invested in the importance of safely beginning to build a footprint.  […]

Oklahoma University Library Melds Art and High Tech in a Lesson for Middle Schoolers

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Collaboration, followed by “close looking,” led to discovery—and a few career ideas—for a group of seventh and eighth graders.

Buried Alive | The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave

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A 400-year-old mystery involving one of the greatest artists of all time is explored in “Buried Alive: The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave,” a thrilling, free app from Time Traveler Tours.

The Fake-News Fad: Let it Fade | Opinion

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When teachers and administrators prod us to address this “new and urgent” concern, let us remind them that we’ve been doing that, and so much more, all along.

Bookmobiles and Beyond: new library services on wheels serve newborns through teens

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From TechMobiles to early learning hubs, mobile library outreach is on the rise.

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

Reading (and Engineering with) “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

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Here’s how a school community of 1,200 students, ranging in age from four to 18, came together to pull off an all-school read of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” that will be talked about for years.

Pictures of the Week | Coming to You from the Space Station

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It wasn’t all work for Kate Rubins up in space. The astronaut took time to host a read-aloud. Take a peek.

Max & Meredith | Touch and Go

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In this interactive story, young viewers decide which path will lead to a missing dog.

11-Year-Old Starts Book Club for African American Boys

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Fifth grader Sidney Keys’s “Books N Bros” club celebrates characters who are black—and gets boys reading.

Tech Tidbits for National Poetry Month

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What better way to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month than to incorporate these wonderful tech tools at teens’ disposal?

Experts Share Insight, Tools to Help Students Fight Fake News

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School librarians and teachers uncovered new ideas to help students tell fact from fiction with the ISTE/SLJ “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” webinar.

Wearable Tech May Build Babies’ Budding Vocabularies | First Steps

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A surprise discovery of a “word pedometer” at ALA Midwinter inspires an early literacy experiment.

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

Unpaywall: Free, legal access to scholarly articles! (and a couple of other strategies)

Greetings from Computers in Libraries 2017  from which I’ll be sharing a few discoveries. One exciting share from yesterday was the limited release of Unpaywall.org.  (The official release date is April 4.) High school librarians and education researchers take note! Installed as a  free browser extension for Firefox or Chrome, Unpaywall allows searchers to legally access full-text research papers from its […]