February 22, 2017

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New Year, New Ideas: Knockout Programming for 2017

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From astronomy and salsa storytime to family literacy and more, these programming ideas for the year ahead hit it out of the park.

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

Introduce myShakespeare to your students!

Fun fact: You may know I was an English major. You may not know that my serious focus was 16th century poetry and drama. My favorite course ever was Shakespeare’s Problem Plays. Not every student I’ve met over the years felt the same draw to Shakespeare. The play is just not every kid’s thing. The […]

The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how.

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In the era of fake news, librarians are our best hope for educating kids about bogus reporting, biased points of view, and more.

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

A Dream Library for Students with Special Needs | Take the Lead

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A principal of a school for students with multiple disabilities spearheaded superb library services.

Urban Arts Partnership Brings Music Production to Maker Spaces

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Inspiring and teaching students through hip-hop—or any music genre they’re into—can be easier than you think.

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

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

Cool New Tech Tools & Gadgets for Your Library Wishlist

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Robots that teach coding, DIY computer kits, virtual reality, and more. There’s something here to satisfy every budding techie.

Presidential Primary Sources Project: Free interactive videoconferencing

The National Park Service, U.S Presidential Libraries, and Museums, the Internet2 community, and cultural and historic organizations nationwide recently announced the schedule for their annual Presidential Primary Source Project (PPSP).  This is a perfect opportunity for librarians to connect teachers and students to memorable experiences that will make history and Presidential politics come alive. This […]

The Follett–BiblioNasium Partnership at Work

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Here are what the day-to-day advantages of the June, 2016 move are turning out to be.

Library-Based Making in Underserved Areas

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Sylvia Aguiñaga and Kristin Fontichiaro, among the leaders of our upcoming Maker Workshop online course, share their hard-won wisdom on maker program success.

Libraries Ready to Code!

The library is a great place to introduce the ready to code concept because we’re public, we’re free, we’re easily accessible. After School Services Manager (Queens, New York) It’s really not just coding. It is a way of thinking and perceiving and problem-solving. Teacher Librarian (Norman, Oklahoma) When I’m coding… I really feel like I […]

Wonders 2017: McGraw-Hill’s K–6 ELA Program | SLJ Review

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Packed with new features, the updated English Language Arts program includes a student interface where teachers can assign independent work.

Ardusat Space Kit: A Launching Pad for Imagination | SLJ Review

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With this kit—and a generous budget—your students can create code that will be sent into orbit, collecting data from a satellite.

Top 10 Apps | 2016

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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.

Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.

On the Map | Touch and Go

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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.

U.S. DOE Offering $680K for VR/AR Educational Simulations

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The EdSim Challenge calls on the VR, video game, and ed tech communities to submit concepts.

Teaching Information Literacy Now

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Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.

Truth, truthiness, triangulation and the librarian way: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world

We were guaranteed a free press,  We were not guaranteed a neutral or a true press. We can celebrate the journalistic freedom to publish without interference from the state.  We can also celebrate our freedom to share multiple stories through multiple lenses. But it has always been up to the reader or viewer to make […]

“Pop Literacy”| SLJ ISTE Webcast Series

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This fall series, sponsored by littleBits, will wrap up on December 6 with practical takeaways on pop culture literacy.