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March 31, 2015

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One-to-One: Let’s Have One Librarian for Every 1:1 School | Pivot Points

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Despite seasons of budget cutbacks, education leaders are spending again. One-to-one devices are a favorite. How might teacher librarians support the strategic work involved?

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

Lulzbot 3-D Printer Giveaway

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Some lucky classrooms and libraries will receive 3-D printers in a giveaway sponsored by Aleph Objects, in conjunction with the White House Science Fair.

Five Top Collaborative Research Tools | Cool Tools

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Collaborative research prompts students to share their discoveries, exposing them to more material than if they go it alone. It can also teach them to work together, defend choices, and think critically about Web content. Here, Richard Byrne’s picks to help jumpstart the process.

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

Little, Brown Partners with LEGO; Lambda Literary Award Finalists | News Bites

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In the latest News Bites: voting for the Children’s Choice Book Award is wide open until May 3; Little, Brown will release its first LEGO graphic novel in September 2015; and the finalists for the Lambda Literary Award for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books published in 2014 have been announced.

Critics Sound off on “Clean Reader” App | Storify

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UPDATE: As of March 27, all books have been removed from the Clean Reader catalog, states its Facebook page. A survey of some responses to “Clean Reader.” The application, for IOS and Android, removes profanity, references to anatomical features, and language deemed offensive from titles available in an online bookstore.

Virtual Preschool? Believe It or not, It’s a Thing

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A curriculum from Vinci, available to parents by subscription, promises to “inspire the genius” in young children. Public libraries have actually been offering remote services to families for a while now, maintains Lisa Kropp, who further considers the notion of virtual preschool.

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

UMass Amherst Opens First Large-Scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a University Library

Housed at the Digital Media Lab of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst, the new Center is equipped with over 30 MakerBot Replicators, bringing 3-D printing technology to faculty, researchers and students to enhance research, design, and entrepreneurial projects.

“Clean Reader” App Strips Ebooks of Profanity

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The filter, represented by a small electronic broom, blocks offensive words and can be set to “clean,” “cleaner,” or “squeaky clean.”

SLJ Reviews Duolingo for Schools | Test Drive

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Duolingo has released Duolingo for Schools for grades 6 and up, based on its popular free site for foreign language learners. Melissa Techman covers the teacher dashboard and the application’s potential use in the classroom.

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

Maker Librarians Bring It to SXSWEdu 2015

School librarians Colleen Graves and Leah Mann present on makerspaces to a packed room at SXSWEdu 2015.

Design thinking and making were top of mind at SXSWEdu, as participants considered the learning potential around these hot topics. In official programming, in the hallways, and over barbecue, librarians were on hand to help advance that conversation.

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares updates on the creation and establishment of his high school’s first maker space.

Illinois Public Library Partners with Middle School on Eighth Grade Maker Program

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Due to the partnership between Thomas Middle School in Arlington, IL, and Arlington Heights Memorial Library, a group of 29 eighth graders participated in a maker class creating everyday objects, including jewelry and take-apart scissors.

“Google It” Better With Google Search Education

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School librarian Tiffany Whitehead suggests student lesson plans and exercises using Google Search Education.

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

Findaway Debuts Playaway Launchpad

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Findaway has recently launched the first-ever secure, preloaded learning tablet designed for children in a circulation environment, according to Playaway spokesperson Brittany Gonzalez, and the Chicago Public Library and Nashville Public Library are amongst its early adopters.

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.

Updated: 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.