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October 30, 2014

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Halloween Roundup: Spooky Reads and Mysterious Apps

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Check out SLJ’s current recommendations for Halloween reads, apps, and spine-tingling fun for all ages.

Ken Burns, Curated | Touch and Go

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Ken Burns has been busy. The award-winning filmmaker’s seven-part television series, ‘The Roosevelts,’ premiered on PBS recently, and ‘Ken Burns’ the app, featuring hours of curated clips from his documentaries was just released.

Fresh Ideas for iPad Maker Programming | Touch and Go

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Looking for fall programming inspiration? Consider these ideas from the authors of ‘The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children’s and ‘Tween Library Programs.’

Time for a Little Common Sense: Evaluating Apps, Games, and Websites | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Krista Brakhage is going back to school with Graphite, an expansive and useful resource from Common Sense Media that features unbiased reviews of apps, games, and websites.

Apps & More for Makerspaces | Mix It Up

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A school and public librarian collaborate on the inaugural “Mix It Up” column, focusing on apps, websites, and other tools for makerspaces and maker programming.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Teacher Librarian’s Path to Becoming a Google Educator | Tech Tidbits

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Inspired by the recent Innovative Education in Colorado Conference, teacher librarian Phil Goerner set out to become a certified Google Educator this summer. Here’s what he learned.

The World of Plants | Touch and Go

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Readers of ‘Kids Discover’ magazine know that it is packed with fabulous photos, fascinating facts, and amusing activities; this app, which was adapted from an issue of the magazine, contains all those features, and more.

Free New Game Apps Support Children with Autism

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One of the new apps from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders aims to empower children on the autism spectrum to reach out to first responders and other community members when they need help.

Google Docs adds add-ons

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Google has launched add-ons–easily accessible tools created by Google’s developer partners that offer on-the-fly features for your documents and spreadsheets.

One of Those Hideous Columns Where the App Dies | Tech Tidbits

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In this month’s Tech Tidbits column, Phil Goerner highlights perennial apps while also reminding us that learning isn’t about the tools, it’s about how we teach people to use the tools most effectively.

Axel’s Chain Reaction | Touch and Go

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‘Axel’s Chain Reaction,’ an original story app written by Allison Pomenta and illustrated by Mónica Armiño, provides multiple avenues to explore in a classroom, including a nonfiction investigation on kinetic art. It will also serve character education programs.

A Bevy of Alphabet Apps | Touch and Go

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Judging from the number of alphabet apps, it appears that every developer has created at least one. This week we look at five of them, each worthy of a child’s attention.

SLJ’s Top 10 Apps of 2013

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It’s a year-long process, but after watching hours upon hours of apps and debating their finer points, we have come up with “SLJ’s Top Ten Apps 2013.” Our list includes innovative works of stunning quality and depth, along with some familiar characters that host loads of engaging interactivity and game play.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Caught in a Labyrinth: ‘Roxie’s Puzzle Adventure’ | Touch and Go

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Roxie Munro has created a number of maze books; here she takes that concept and turns it into a puzzle app that offers both depth and detail for a range of ages.

Oyster’s “All You Can Read” Ebook Service Now Available For iPad

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Oyster, the “all you can read,” on-demand ebook app, is now available for iPhone and iPad. In addition, an invite to participate is no longer required. The service, which formally launched in early September, is one that the library community should become familiar with, advises librarian and INFOdocket editor Gary Price.

A ‘Midnight Feast’ In a Not-Too-Distant Future? | Touch and Go

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Teachers looking to share a short story in an interactive format should take a look at Midnight Feast, the latest production from Slap Happy Larry. It’s a haunting tale that will appeal to older elementary students, teens, and teachers alike who will all find different delights and messages within. It also comes with educator resources—a 17-page online PDF linked to the app.

Pictures of the Week: A Future Librarian Enjoys SLJ’s ‘Early Birds’ Cover Story

A reader's daughter (and hopefully future librarian) reads through SLJ's Early Literacy-focused July issue, which featured the iconic Sesame Street character, Big Bird, on the cover.

An SLJ reader’s daughter peruses our Early Learning-focused July issue, which featured the iconic Sesame Street character, Big Bird, on the cover.

Are Learning Apps Good for Babies?

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Rachel G. Payne, coordinator of early childhood services at Brooklyn Public Library, offers advice for parents.

A Brace of Apps | Touch and Go

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What child can resist a book or app about animals? Incorporating vocabulary-rich texts and gentle environmental lessons, these apps will also find favor with teachers and parents.

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books | August 2013

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Our favorite apps this month include a tribute to Ludwig Van Beethoven’s ‘Ninth Symphony,’ and a rhyme based on a classic children’s song. If summer’s lovely weather hasn’t got you humming, these productions will.