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April 15, 2014

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Teen Tech Week 2014: Computer Tear Downs, Skyping, and Raspberry Pis

Teen Tech Week 2014: Computer Tear Downs, Skyping, and Raspberry Pis

Maker spaces, robot construction, and computer tear-downs will figure prominently in librarians’ Teen Tech Week lineups this year, taking place from March 9 through 15.

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

“The EV3 is one of those toys that transcends consumerism and becomes a pathway into new kinds of hands-on production and learning for kids and adults alike,” writes Chad Sansing in our review of LEGO’s latest version of the popular Mindstorms robotics platform.

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

Multimedia Assessments: Tools for making dynamic audio-and video-based tests

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Video, audio, and images can help students gain deeper understanding of a question. Previously, struggling readers might have had assessment questions read aloud to him or her. Now, multimedia tools allow these students to take tests independently.

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

26 Science Kits Available for Checkout at Texas Libraries

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Students, parents, and teachers can now borrow science experiments along with other materials from the Denton (TX) Public Library and run their own chemical and mechanical observations in class—and at home.

One of Those Hideous Columns Where the App Dies | Tech Tidbits

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In this month’s Tech Tidbits column, Phil Goerner highlights perennial apps while also reminding us that learning isn’t about the tools, it’s about how we teach people to use the tools most effectively.

buncee.edu for easy and adorable storytelling

buncee.edu for easy and adorable storytelling

Buncee is “an easy fit for digital storytelling and scrapbooking, flipping, presenting, marketing, and for communicating with parents and community,” says Joyce Valenza.

Axel’s Chain Reaction | Touch and Go

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‘Axel’s Chain Reaction,’ an original story app written by Allison Pomenta and illustrated by Mónica Armiño, provides multiple avenues to explore in a classroom, including a nonfiction investigation on kinetic art. It will also serve character education programs.

If Net Neutrality Disappears, How Will Services to Kids be Impacted?

If Net Neutrality Disappears, How Will Services to Kids be Impacted?

Without net neutrality, also known as the open Internet, kids’ access to online resources could be negatively impacted, with commercial sites and services eclipsing other content online, AASL president Gail Dickinson and others say.

Kansas Boy Gets New Hand, Created at a Library Makerspace

Kansas Boy Gets New Hand, Created at a Library Makerspace

Nine-year-old Matthew is the owner of a brightly-colored prosthetic Robohand that was created in the MakerSpace of the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, KS.

Tellitmyway: the oral tradition meets Reddit

Tellitmyway: the oral tradition meets Reddit

Looking for an authentic strategy for inspiring student writing? Joyce Valenza recommends Tellitmyway, a new nonprofit site, which she describes as a “living, breathing example of the oral tradition in the digital age.”

CIPA at 10: Internet Filtering Excessive, Study Finds | ALA Midwinter Meeting

CIPA at 10: Internet Filtering Excessive, Study Finds | ALA Midwinter Meeting

A decade after the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) went into effect, its implementation in schools and public libraries is problematic and the scale of Internet filtering is excessive, panelists said during the ALA Midwinter session “Revisiting The Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later.”

‘Cultural Competence’ Is Essential to Serve Teens

‘Cultural Competence’ Is Essential to Serve Teens

With a society that’s growing increasingly diverse, librarians should proactively integrate cultural aspects of “diverse linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic groups” into programs and services.

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

Book a free room for the Learning Revolution

Book a free room for the Learning Revolution

An alternative to Google Hangouts, the Learning Revolution Project lets you use a free public Blackboard Collaborate room to host your own education-related webinar.

Sonoma Library to Host Minecraft Camp

Sonoma Library to Host Minecraft Camp

Rebecca Forth doesn’t want kids to simply play Minecraft, she wants them to design their own worlds in the virtual building game. They can do just that and learn the necessary coding skills in a program set to launch at the Healdsburg branch of the Sonoma County (CA) Library in March 2014.

Cool Tools for Featuring Student Book Reviews

Cool Tools for Featuring Student Book Reviews

There’s nothing like a book recommendation from a friend. Encourage students to share their opinions by creating a student-driven book review site. Richard Byrne shows you how in the accompanying screencasts.

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

Library of Congress Adds New Interactive Online Game to Read.gov

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A collaborative project of the Library of Congress, Brigham Young University and the Ad Council, “Readers to the Rescue” is a “visual mad-lib set” inside a library inhabited by a cast of storybook characters, including Pinocchio, Humpty-Dumpty and Sleeping Beauty.

Librarians in the digital age and an infographic round-up

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A look at some of the recent infographics about libraries and librarians, including one, “Librarians in the Digital Age,” produced by USC’s Master of Library and Information Management program.

Harvard Study Examines Youth View on Technology Use in Schools

Harvard Study Examines Youth View on Technology Use in Schools

A new Harvard study examines US students’ attitudes towards technology in schools. Although 78 percent own cell phones, activating them in schools is restricted, which frustrates students. Students also express frustration with school’s limited WiFi access, Internet filtering, monitoring, and the push to embrace tablet computers.

White House Student Film Festival Contest Closing Soon

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The President has an assignment for students in grades K-12: make a video for him highlighting the use of technology in your school and classroom. But hurry—the first ever White House Student Film Festival contest deadline is January 29!

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds

As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of information and entertainment, what is the impact on their literacy skills? Largely a positive one, according to a study in the January edition of SAGE Open.