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July 23, 2014

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The Impact of Open Content on Education | Tech Tidbits

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The Open Content movement refers to new ways of thinking about and gaining access to information. As we embrace Open Content, we move away from traditional, copyrighted sources of information with strict rules for use, Teacher Librarian Krista Brakhage shares how this movement will revolutionize education in the latest Tech Tidbits column.

Four nifty ways to display and curate Twitter

Four nifty ways to display and curate Twitter

Tweetdeck and other third-party applications are fine for everyday Twitter use. But if you’d like to share your stream in a presentation, Joyce Valenza shows you how to display messages and hashtags in four attractive formats.

Social Media Resources 101 for the School Librarian

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Virginia middle school librarian Lauren McBride presents some must-have links and resources for librarians looking to hone their social media expertise. An expert in social media, McBride maintains her school’s Twitter page, participates in a weekly Twitter chat hosted by the Virginia Association of School Librarians, and next month will lead a professional development “Boot Camp” session for Virginia’s Loudoun County Public School librarians on how to use Twitter.

Capstone’s Pebble Go Is Now Mobile

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Capstone now offers customers early access to a beta version of its popular PreK-3 research solution PebbleGo™—PebbleGo 2.0 features a new interface design optimized for the iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD, and other mobile devices, as well as a number of navigation and user enhancements.

2014 Ebook Survey | Calling All Public and School Librarians

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SLJ invites you to participate in the 2014 ebook survey for school and public libraries throughout the United States. This is our fifth year trending library ebook usage information, which benefits libraries, advocacy groups, and publishers in navigating and serving this essential market. Respondents will have the opportunity to receive a summary of the overall results AND be entered into a drawing to win a new Apple iPad mini.

SisOps: Girl-Friendly Tech Initiatives Challenge a Boys-Only Culture

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New girl-friendly technology initiatives are challenging tech’s boys-only culture.

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

Apps for Outdoor Learning | Cool Tools

Apps for Outdoor Learning | Cool Tools

With spring in the air, students typically clamor to get outside—and teachers would often like to follow. April is an ideal time of year to explore outdoor learning opportunities, and these apps and sites can lead the way.

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

Scholastic Education Announces Intensified Efforts to Bring ‘Growth Mindset’ Math Program Into Classrooms Nationwide

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On April 10, Scholastic Education announced, in collaboration with Mindset Works, an education-implementation company that translates university-level lessons into K-12 programs, that the two companies are expanding on bringing ‘growth mindset’ research into everyday classroom practice across the nation starting with its MATH 180 program.

Reach Out and Connect: Using Flat Connections for Collaboration | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Krista Brakhage shares her thoughts on why Flat Connections can offer a fresh perspective in participatory global collaboration and provide a rich authentic educational experience for students.

Summer Reading: STEM Fun with Ooblek of Dr. Seuss, MaKey MaKey, and Scratch

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Integrating STEM with your summer reading program doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Got a banana? Some cream of tartar? Let the fun, and learning, begin.

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

The effects of screen time on little ones, the integration of technology with library programming – these are some of the issues now facing the profession. It’s time to break down divisional silos, according to Christopher Harris, and work together to ensure libraries’ effectiveness in serving kids and teens.

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

Stellar Databases: SLJ Readers’ Favorites and Other Essential Electronic Resources

Stellar Databases: SLJ Readers’ Favorites and Other Essential Electronic Resources

Everywhere you look, librarians are on the hunt for databases, databases, and more databases. But which one is best? Which offers material that your students will use? And which one will be accessible to them? Wonder no more.

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

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.

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”

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If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you. But hurry, proposals are due by May 2.

New Jersey Librarians Get $116,000 in Makerspace Grants

New Jersey Librarians Get $116,000 in Makerspace Grants

Fifteen New Jersey libraries—including public, school, and academic institutions—have received funds from a New Jersey Library Makerspace grant initiative making way for libraries to become a hotbed of community skill building and personal connections.

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

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

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

San Antonio Public Library Tapped for Gates Foundation Tech Initiative

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The San Antonio Public Library has been selected to participate in the Edge Initiative—funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the Urban Libraries Council—a new program that will strengthen the SAPL’s public access technology services and help them better serve their communities.

Sesame Street Launches First Digital Magazine Available on iTunes March 27

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On March 27, Sesame Workshop launches Sesame Street S’More, a new digital publication for families and Sesame Workshop’s first digital magazine optimized for iPad and available on iTunes.

Cool Ways to Use Google to Inspire Your Students to Create Dynamic Worlds

Cool Ways to Use Google to Inspire Your Students to Create Dynamic Worlds

Here are some practical applications of how teachers and librarians can use Google’s Maps and Street View to create lesson plans and assignments on virtual tours of the streets of Paris, or map out some Civil War battles.

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

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

With its clean, kid-friendly design and cheery accent colors, the HP Chromebook 11 could fit nicely into K–12 classrooms and libraries, writes Test Drive reviewer Joelle Alcaidinho.

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