August 30, 2016

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On orientation attitude

A couple of years back, I posted a little round-up of Orientation inspiration, gathering ideas from a few friends in the field. This year I find myself collecting creative ideas for my School Library Management class from blogs and tweets coming across my network in the form of an Orientation And Getting Ready For Action […]

Fallen London |Touch and Go

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The popular, text-based adventure, a “Lovecraftian dream of Victorian London,” is now available in iOS. Enter at your own risk.

SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners

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Winner Todd Burleson, and finalists Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner, all display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

Yes, He Can! Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year

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“Please keep robots out of the sawdust” is the kind of phrase heard around the library at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL, where Todd Burleson can be found leading engineering challenges, inspiring student reporters, and constantly inventing.

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CommonLit: OER Curation and Creation

As librarians, wehn we gear up for a new school year, it’s exciting to have a few new strategies for engaging learners with literature and for building our own literature discovery/selection toolkit. You’ll absolutely want to introduce CommonLit to your classroom teachers and you’ll absolutely use it yourself to make curricular discoveries and to help […]

Librarian Launches Indiegogo to Fund Hands-on Coding Blocks

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School librarian Laura Fleming and two other educators have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a coding blocks and storybook set to teach computer science.

Reaching for the Sky: Tinybop, Inc. | Touch and Go

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“Sparking curiosity, diving into big ideas, and making connections to the world,” are design objectives of the innovative developer Tinybop, Inc., and all are in evidence in Skyscrapers, the seventh volume in their “Explorer’s Library” series.

Mason Crest Embeds Key Historical Videos in Nonfiction Series

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The clips, accessed via QR codes, cover a range of experiences, from a moment in history, to a monumental speech or news coverage of a historical event.

Kidcasts: Podcasts for kiddos

Last week I enjoyed the great variety of edCamp Global sessions across a variety of platforms–Periscope, Twitter chats, and Google+ Hangouts. One session that continues to resonate with me is the Hangout on Kidcasts, or podcasts for kids.  I suppose it’s because I was largely unaware that kidscasts were a thing, a potentially important thing.  […]

Lumino City | Touch and Go

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“Thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing, and intellectually challenging,” is the opinion of SLJ‘s reviewer Cindy Wall.

App Review: Prisma

Knowing my love of photo apps, several people have wanted to make sure I know about the new Prisma app. Prisma allows you to transform your picture into a work of art based on the styles of many famous artists. It’s actually a fairly easy app to you, in part because it is limited in […]

The Educational Potential of Augmented Reality

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Consider this your cheat sheet to augmented reality. There’s so much more than Pokémon Go.

Bookshare Extends Ebook Access to TX Students with Print Disabilities

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A statewide program, Accessible Books for Texas enables students with print disabilities to access Bookshare, a free, cloud-based ebook library of more than 440,000 titles.

Seven Surprising Benefits of Maker Spaces

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Noted experts Carrie and Alton Barron explain one of the single most important ways a librarian can point patrons to optimal intellectual and emotional experiences.

Primary Sources Go Mobile; African American History Site Debuts | Tech Bites

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This month’s Tech Bites news roundup features a variety of the latest digital resources for students.

Mark up and Organize the Web with Scrible | SLJ Review

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Our intrepid tech reviewer Wendy Stephens sizes up the tool for organizing and annotating web research, as well as the potential benefit of purchasing the new premium version.

Web Stories and Social Graphics Made Easy with Adobe Spark | SLJ Review

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Looking to help students craft digital stories? Or spice up library promotional materials? Adobe’s free Spark suite can serve a variety of creation needs, from explainer videos and student narratives to social memes.

Test-Driving Google Arts & Culture | SLJ Review

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Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours and a wealth of multimedia content related to art and museum and historic locations around the world. Carli Spina reviews the learning potential.

Tales2Go as an audio collection (and a literacy solution)

I LOVE audiobooks!  They make it possible for me to always be reading. But for kiddos, access to audiobooks represents far more than a simple, hands-free convenience. Audiobooks allow children to build vocabulary, to attack sophisticated text and ideas beyond their current reading levels, Audiobooks can introduce children to new vocabulary, improve reading comprehension and fluency, […]

Hello Ruby, Adventures in Coding

So, imagine with me, for a moment, a world where the stories we tell about how things get made don’t only include the twentysomething-year-old Silicon Valley boys, but also Kenyan schoolgirls and Norwegian librarians. Imagine a world where the little Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow, who live in a permanent reality of 1s and 0s, they […]