May 1, 2016

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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds Content for Tweens

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Thousands of videos, educational apps, games, and books for kids age 9–12 are now available, including a selection featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, Monument Valley, iCarly, and Star Trek.

Act now: Important IAL funding news from the DOE!

An ALA District Dispatch post by Kevin Maher yesterday, shared an important clarification from the Department of Education regarding the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. The notice in the Federal Register shared that 50 percent of all grant funds, more than $13 million, are reserved for use by school libraries serving high need LEAs. […]

Opera Notes: Apps | Touch and Go

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“Introducing opera to a child can be daunting,” comments SLJ reviewer Pam Schembri. Two apps from DADA Company give it a try.

Florida Lawmaker Suggests Students Be Allowed to Swap Foreign Language for Coding

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As emphasis on STEM grows, many legislatures want to push these classes in K-12 programs, as has been done in New Mexico and Kentucky, among other states.

Get Teens Interested in Digital Preservation

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With Digital Preservation Week nearly upon us, here’s how to entice a group that can be slow to embrace the idea—–teens—to pick up the gauntlet.

Tech and the Race to Read: the Case for Early Literacy

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A Houston library services specialist finds that the addition of technology motivates learning, helping both students and teachers overcome the challenges of low reading achievement.

Roger Rosen Appointed Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy

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The leader of Rosen Publishing assumes key role in advancing the thinking and learning of youth in our digital society.

“Elmo’s World” Revisited | Touch and Go

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Devoted fans of television are often willing to watch reruns of their favorite shows, and that goes for young enthusiasts as well as adults. In Elmo’s World and You, Sesame Street remixes some segments from its television show (and related products) to create this app.

Webcomics World

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Online comics allow creators of all stripes to share their work. Plus,resources for finding webcomics and learning to make them.

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13 Great Webcomics For Kids and Teens

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Recommended webcomics from Brigid Alverson, editor of the “Good Comics for Kids:” blog. What’s your favorite webcomic? Tell us in the comments.

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SLJ Webcomic Exclusive: “Economy of Form” by Melanie Gillman

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SLJ presents an original webcomic by “As the Crow Flies” creator Melanie Gillman starring Charlie, a queer 13-year-old girl, and her friend Mei.

My Love/Hate Relationship with 3-D Printers in Libraries

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We’ve seen 3-D printers shift from cool niche products to supposed must-haves. But are we achieving the dream or just printing tchotchkes?

SLJ Reviews LEGO WeDo 2.0

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The second-gen robotics system teaches STEM concepts to elementary students.

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Latest Discovery Education Digital Resources Tied to Earth Day

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The new content, including exclusive undersea footage from Ocean First Education, is designed to dovetail with lessons on the environment and conservation.

Of Coding and Compassion

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Tips from an expert on how to instruct kids effectively and with an open mind.

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Never Too Young To Code

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Tot-oriented robots and resources give coding lessons a friendly face.

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Teens Teach Computer Science at a CA Library

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In Cupertino, young adults teach computer science to peers and run an all-night hackathon at the library.

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I dare you NOT to share! (So many AASL School Library Month goodies!)

It’s just the beginning of School Library Month.  Tweet it out! If you happen to be struggling for a few new ways to celebrate, don’t worry.  AASL has been doing some seriously creative thinking about how we might use the month of April to celebrate the 2016 theme: the essential role that strong school library […]

ICivics Upgrades “Win the White House” Game

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A popular, interactive, and nonpartisan game that engages kids in the electoral process has been revamped.

The Best Early-Learning Blogs | First Steps

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Blogs about flannelboards, rhymes, and creative play are among Lisa Kropp’s top picks.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.