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February 11, 2016

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BookWidgets

If you are in an iPad school, you’ll want to take a look at BookWidgets. BookWidgets is a super easy (no programming required) way to create interactive elements to share with learners on their iPads. A widget library presents more than thirty customizable options and a wizard talks the user through widget building.  Among the […]

Wuwu & Co. | Touch and Go

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At first glance, Merete Pryds Helle’s Wuwu &Co. appears to be one of those apps in which a soothing narrator reads a story. But when readers are told to “pick up the book,” a new level of interactivity is revealed.

PhotoJet on my list of image faves

If you know a little about me, you know that I am kind of obsessed with tools for playing with images.  I love them for my slides, for social media, and for enhancing lessons. I share these tools with students to encourage a little creativity in web design and presentation.  This week I discovered a […]

Kids news round-up

We are so lucky to have available an array of kid-friendly current event options, rich with instructional resources, and mostly free! Here’s a round-up of some of my favorites. Newsela: This popular site organizes news by theme: War and Peace, Science, Kids, Money, Law, Health, Arts, and Sports.  There’s content written in Spanish. Users can […]

Nosy Crow’s “Goldilocks and Little Bear”| Touch and Go

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Nosy Crow, the developer known for its delightful—and quirky—contemporary remakes of classic folktales has just marked its fifth year in business with the release of another favorite children’s story.

Remixing with NYPL #nyplremix

This week, New York Public Library released more than of its 187,000 public domain images free to share, reuse and remix. The collection of high resolution images spans the breadth and depth of NYPL’s holdings–historic maps, atlases, botanical illustrations, manuscripts, photographs, ancient religious texts, and, of course, the New York City collection. Now open and […]

Spanish-Language Apps: A Starter Collection| Touch and Go

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Share the free Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s Spanish-language guide to using apps with children, Apps en familia, and our bilingual (and multilingual) app recommendations for children with the parents who use your library. If you don’t have Spanish-language apps on your library devices, it’s time to start a collection.

Meet CORA (the Community of Online Research Assignments)

Meet CORA, the Community of Online Research Assignments.  My guess is, she’ll become a welcome new friend The open access, collaborative portal facilitates the sharing and adapting of research assignments for faculty and librarians.  While the primary audience is undergraduate and graduate educators, CORA offers a wealth of reliable and reproducible projects–instruction, handouts, scaffolds, rubrics […]

Seedling Comic Studio

Here’s a winner to add to your mobile storytelling toolkit! Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Seedling Comic Studio is a low-learning curve, free tool for comic/graphic story creation.  Make one-frame or an entire multi-page book combining photographs from your camera or camera roll, cut-outs, speech bubbles, free-form text, filters, backgrounds and stickers. The […]

Prepare kids for emergencies with Monster Guard

The motto here is Learn, practice, share how to stay safe during emergency The American Red Cross, with the sponsorship of Disney, present Monster Guard, a free mobile app available at the App Store and Google Play. Beyond the necessary, and sometimes confusing disaster drills that all students are required to experience at school, this fun, […]

How Did You Do That? Photo Apps Version

I get a lot of email where people ask how I created such and such of a graphic. Today, I thought I would share some of my favorite tips, tricks, and filters. A decent portion of my current teen programming involves teaching teens how to do fun photo tricks and then to translate that into […]

SLJ’s Top Posts of 2015

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From a controversial state bill to new ways to approach reading with teens and Minecraft, our top posts of the year were an eclectic mix.

Plotagon for scripting cool animated stories

I recently discovered Plotagon, an digital storytelling app for iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac to tell animated digital stories. Reminiscent of Xtranormal (now called Nawmal), Plotagon encouragesusers to script a story–selecting locations; building dialogue;  adding emotions, attitudes and postures;  responding to characters; choosing sound effects and music.  Dialogues can be read by a choice of computer  […]

The 2015 Edublog Awards are in!

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The top five library/librarian blogs as named by the audience of Edublogsawards.com include winners from Texas and Australia.

App Review: FotoRus

It’s been a couple of weeks since I talked about a photo app, so you probably thought that my obsession with photos and photo apps was dying down – but no! It is alive and well, I have just been waiting for the right moment. Like now, now feels like the right moment to discuss […]

SLJ: The Year in Covers, 2015

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From a crossover year in children’s literature and the national push for PreK, to maker madness and serving incarcerated youth, School Library Journal covered the field in 2015.

On INFOhio’s light

I’ve been a long-time fan of the work of INFOhio. Back in November,  at the Treasure Mountain research retreat that preceded AASL Columbus, I met the INFOhio team in person. I was sincerely inspired by their presentation, their energy and their efforts to ensure all Ohio learners have access to the resources to which they […]

Parents, Privacy, and Pesky Sibs: A Middle School Perspective | Touch and Go

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Titles in Annie Fox’s “Middle School Confidential” series have been popular with middle grade readers since they were first published in print. The books—and apps—tackle real-life situations and issues—from self confidence and stress to friendships and crushes—that a group of fictional tweens and teens encounter, along with positive suggestions and commentary.

Celebrating the lives of the uncelebrated: StoryCorps.me

What if Anne Frank hadn’t kept her diary? What if no one could listen to Martin Luther King’s Mountaintop speech? What if the camera hadn’t been rolling during the first moon landing? But what if, this Thanksgiving, the youngest member of every family interviewed the oldest? Or if on February 14th, you asked a person […]

Video Games Weekly: Video Game Awards

Did you know the gaming community has the equivalent of the Academy Awards for video games? They do, and it’s called The Game Awards! This year is the second annual Game Awards, so the show is very new.   This year, the show was free to stream on December 5th on various platforms (it was […]