June 25, 2017

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Touch Press’s “Word Runners” App | Touch and Go

Amplify and Touch Press have joined forces to issue educational, skill-building games, one per month, on a subscription basis.

Maker Apps? Why not? | Touch and Go

A host of maker apps await you and your library patrons, including one of our favorites that’s free on iTunes this week.

Mortimer Redux | Touch and Go

Two whimsical story apps by Bo Zaunders were created using OCG’s “Develop-Your-Own” framework, designed by the studio for artists and writers.

Build Your Own Speaker: SLJ Reviews BOSEbuild Speaker Cube

Teachers and librarians can use the activities to design in-depth lessons on how sound is created, magnets work, and frequency and vibration affect pitch.

What Do a Bat and Kangaroo Have in Common? | Find Out in Tinybop’s “Mammals”

A new tool to engage kids in the sciences that’s informative, interactive, and easy to navigate.

College Student Creates App to Lead Young People To Diverse Books

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

Buried Alive | The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave

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.

Max & Meredith | Touch and Go

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

Flip Flap Pets | Touch and Go

Axel Scheffler and a flip book all in one? What could be more fun?

A Peek Inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture | Touch and Go

If distance or lack of ticket availability has kept you from visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum’s free app allows a look inside.

This Is “Me” | Touch and Go

Tinybop’s latest app, “Me,” offers an excellent opportunity for self-exploration.

Lucy & Pogo | Touch and Go

A digital story imbued with activities and a message about tolerance.

Grandma’s Great Gourd | Touch and Go

This vibrantly drawn, interactive app features strong female characters and offers a look at another culture (with lots of complementary extras).

The Problem with Student Privacy, and How To Protect It

Strategies for safeguarding student data in schools and libraries, and student privacy in general, in the information age.

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

Boldly Venturing into “Space” with Tinybop | Touch and Go

Space, the most recent addition to Tinybop’s “Explorer’s Library,” was released last month, and like the other titles in the series, exploration is the name of the game.

Snapchatting “The Odyssey”: An Epic Success

A librarian-teacher team figure out how to get a group of reluctant learners excited about a required project on Homer’s epic poem: Snapchat.

A Fiete Fiesta | Touch and Go: Best of Apps and Enhanced Books

New apps from Ahoiii Entertainment, a developer known for its engaging, skill-building apps for young children.

Raising the Curtain on Nosy Crow’s “Fairytale Theater” | Touch and Go

Fans of Nosy Crow apps can now create stories—and fractured fairytales—featuring the developer’s characters.

Top 10 Apps | 2016

Daryl Grabarek, SLJ’s resident app guru, curates a stellar list of the best educational and story apps produced in the past year.

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

On the Map | Touch and Go

Injecting game play or interactive quizzes into lessons can help them go down a bit more smoothly. Here are two apps that offer students of geography both “learn” and “play” opportunities.