October 24, 2016

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The Latest in STEM: Teens Team Up With the FDA


Learning to code, visiting the White House, and pitching medical apps “Shark Tank” style? Students in the aimHI Summer Incubator Program, a partnership between the FDA and Montgomery County (MD) County Library, did it all.

Hey, I Built a LEGO Wall! Here’s How.


An elementary school librarian quickly assembled an inexpensive LEGO wall with donated LEGO bricks, crowdsourced advice, and good humor.

Favorite Portals for Pedagogical Planning (and a new curation tool)

In prepping for my on-campus course this semester I felt the need to freshen up my face-to-face discussion strategies. Digging around, I discovered some fabulous pedagogical portals well worth visiting for educators, both newbie and veteran.  Take a look if you and your partner teachers seek a little inspiration for engaging learners in meaningful conversations […]

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.

Video Games Weekly: No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky has gained a lot of media attention in the gaming community over the past few weeks.  It was one of the most anticipated games of 2016 for the PC and PS4, but has flopped almost as hard as the hype after its release.  The number of users simultaneously playing No Man’s Sky […]

String Theory: Projects Merging Math, Art, and Making


Recipes for large and small-scale geometric string art projects from Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

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 Streamline Student Research With Wolfram|Alpha Add-Ons


The recent release of two add-ons for Google Drive brings the power of the Wolfram|Alpha computational search engine directly into Google Docs and Google Sheets.

Teaching the 2016 Presidential Election: Top Tools


These interactive online resources will help to guide students towards becoming tomorrow’s voters. Bonus: each one has a special reason for a librarian to love it.

Breakout EDU Brings “Escape Room” Strategy to the Classroom | SLJ Review


Facilitating inquiry, problem solving, and collaboration, the Breakout EDU kit facilitates student problem solving in libraries and classrooms with minimal setup.

Migrating from G+ Hangouts on Air to YouTube Live (Thanks, Nikki!)

I was in a serious panic a few nights back when I discovered my go-to strategy for meeting and sharing with my classes and hosting and archiving guest visits was kind of (but not really) going away. Hangouts on Air was so, so easy to use. So when the news that Hangouts On Air was […]

Great Tech Tools for Back to School


Hot picks for game and book creation, reading, and more.

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EBSCO Upgrades Audiobook App


In efforts to help libraries meet the diverse needs of their users, EBSCO Information Services has redesigned and added multiple new features to EBSCO Audiobooks.

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.

Social Readia: At the Intersection of Books and Social Media


The head of a Brooklyn, NY, elementary school library has found the key to getting kids to explore literature: technology.

What’s After Pokémon Go? Explore Augmented Reality Sept 13 | SLJ ISTE Webcast Series


This fall series, sponsored by littleBits, explores the education technology topics educators are talking about this school year, from virtual reality and STEAM to popular culture and digital literacy.

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.

Excitement Building for 2016 #AskaCurator Twitter Initiative


Dozens of museum curators worldwide are taking to Twitter on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 to field as many questions as they can.

On orientation attitude

A couple of years back, I posted a little round-up of Orientation inspiration, gathering ideas from a few friends in the field. This year I find myself collecting creative ideas for my School Library Management class from blogs and tweets coming across my network in the form of an Orientation And Getting Ready For Action […]

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.

SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners


Winner Todd Burleson, and finalists Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner, all display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.