October 23, 2016

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A Mathemagician’s Playbook | Apps


Criteria for selecting math apps and a few stellar examples.

Ormiboard: an IWB without the IWB (and a lot more interactive goodness_

If you are looking for ways to make your presentations more interactive and if you are working in a 1:1 environment and if you are looking for an instructional platform that easily moves across devices and if you’d like to have an interactive whiteboard with you wherever you share and teach, I think you’ll want […]

Portable and Practical: A Guide for Budding Birders | Touch and Go


A field guide to birds for the youngest children that’s chock-full of information and activities.

From Pop-Up to App, “With a Few Bricks” | Touch and Go


Pat the Bunny was one of the first interactive books to make the leap to the iPad; others have followed. Here’s one from Vincent Godeau.

Boum! | Touch and Go


SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

Paul Klee, for Kids | Touch and Go


A beautifully designed app that introduces children to the dreamlike works of the 20th-century master.

TPIB: Photo Shrink Jewelry Charms

Although we have some permanent stations set up in our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, we also occasionally rotate in some different stations to make sure our teens have a variety of activities to engage in. One of our permanent stations includes a bank of iPads which we […]

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”


For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.

A STEM App Round-Up | Touch and Go

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Looking for apps to load onto your tablets at the start of the school year? We have a few.

Taming First-Day Jitters—On the Tablet | Touch and Go

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The interactivity of apps can offer children in a school setting for the first time a bit of playful control as they work through their new experience.

Fallen London |Touch and Go


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

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


“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.

Bloomz: a powerful tool for home/school communication

Bloomz is a game changer, a kind of Swiss Army knife for school communication that does the job of multiple single purpose apps. It’s free and it works across platforms and devices and it’s got the  communications arena covered. I first discovered Bloomz from this year’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee, but it […]

AnswerGarden a powerful, minimalistic feedback/brainstorming tool

Gathering quick feedback and initiating a brainstorm have never been easier.  AnswerGarden looks like what would happen if Twitter, TodaysMeet, Padlet and Wordle and Tagxedo had a little baby app. Here’s a little introduction I pulled together. AnswerGarden rightly describes itself as a minimalistic feedback tool. It takes under 10 minutes to master. You can […]

Lumino City | Touch and Go


“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 […]

Creative Play with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” | Touch and Go


Young children have an opportunity to experiment with colors, textures, and shapes when they produce art in an app inspired by Eric Carle’s iconic picture books.

Los Pollitos | Touch and Go


In conjunction with the publication of Susie Jarmillo’s flap-filled book, Los Pollitos/Little Chickies, Encantos Media Studio has released an app loaded with activities related to the traditional song.

App Review: Pokemon Go

This weekend my timeline flooded with posts about Pokemon Go. Then on Sunday afternoon, The Teen came home from a friend’s house declaring they had walked 3 miles trying to catch Pokemons. So I decided I needed to figure out what this Pokemon Go is because my teens are definitely into it. Pokemon Go is […]

The Voyages of Aladdin and Sinbad | Touch and Go


A thieving villain, a stolen lamp, faraway worlds, and intrigue on the high seas—what more could adventure seekers desire? Here’s an app that offers readers and listeners all that—and introduces them to characters from classic literature.