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.
Apps that foster creative tinkering while enabling tweens and teens to grasp a new skill, from 3-D modeling to game design.
This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Tiggly Words mixes touch-screen apps with real-world manipulatives to deliver a hybrid learning experience focused on long and short vowels.
This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Dash and Dot, by Wonder Workshop, are two robot “buddies” that arrive ready to play and program out of the box. Chad Sansing takes them for a test drive and considers their potential application in the classroom.
This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
As part of my teen area Makerspace, I want to buy a number of iPads. Here is some of the information I have been putting together to discuss the who, what, when, where and why of it for my library administration. The iPad can be used in a variety of ways to incorporate more technology […]
I don’t know why I haven’t discovered this super handy tool before, but I am delighted to find it. If you love using stickies to organize your life, and you find yourself keep list after list, then Google Keep is a keeper. The digital sticky note service is available for the Web, for Android, and […]
Say you were stranded on a desert island and you could only have one (or maybe two) apps, and recharging was not a problem. Which ones would you choose? Okay, so here are a few better questions. Look back over the course of the school year. Which of the apps on your phone or tablet […]
This app is going to make travel, field trips, birdwatching and walks in the woods, on the beach and in the park way more fun. One of my very favorite examples of crowd-sourced reference sites has been Yale University’s Map of Life . Using a wide variety of data sources, the biodiversity project endeavors to provide […]
Duolingo has released Duolingo for Schools for grades 6 and up, based on its popular free site for foreign language learners. Melissa Techman covers the teacher dashboard and the application’s potential use in the classroom.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
The question came to me and I admit I was a bit stumped at first. A colleague was looking for recommendations of the best literary apps for kids. Put another way, apps with a distinct tie-in to specific children’s books. So I thought about it. I’ve toyed about with several apps for years. I could […]
Here in New York we’re getting very excited. The 90-Second Film Festival is coming!! And soon too! Here’s a PW interview with James Kennedy about the festival and for those of you in the NYC area you can see it at NYPL on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. In fact, now that I think […]
If it’s been a while since you’ve returned to ReadWriteThink, I urge you to consider a visit today. The quality portal, rich with free resources and sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation has grown even more interactive. So what’s new? There’s an array […]
In my last post, Find new apps, but keep the old . . ., I listed a few portals and lists I regularly visit to discover new apps and to search for tried and true tools to accomplish learning goals and tasks. I see making these discoveries, old and new, as a new form of […]
Find new apps, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. As the holiday shopping season draws to a close, the classroom teachers and teacher librarians I know will continue to shop. We’re looking for a few perfect apps to introduce to learners. We don’t want to waste time opening pretty packages […]
Among the Valenza family traditions are the little app share sessions I have with my daughter. Emily, an art teacher in Boston, regularly introduces me to tools and platforms I don’t find elsewhere in my network. Here are some of Emily’s current faves from this Thanksgiving: Koma Koma: Anyone, from kindergarten to adult, can use […]
I am honored and kinda thrilled to be a member of AASL’s Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee. This particular best list is now three years old and recognizes apps of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of […]
I’ve been a fan of Glogster since its beginning back in 2007. A couple of weeks back the Glogster app launched. Built specifically for iPad and for Glogster EDU users, the interface is easy and elegant and allows for simple placement and linking of media objects on an intuitive drag-and-drop Glog canvas. Especially nice is […]
I’m been brainstorming all the things we might do with Instragram’s recently released (and free) Hyperlapse app. Introducing Hyperlapse from Instagram from Instagram on Vimeo. Quite simply, it makes filming time-lapse videos a simple point and shoot experience, no fancy equipment necessary. There is virtually NO learning curve. Instagram’s announcement shared: We designed Hyperlapse to be […]
Share this with your favorite art teachers and art-loving learners. I love that technology removes the theater rope. That great art can be less guarded, more accessible, nearly touchable. And I sincerely hope that Touch Van Gogh, the newly updated, free, award-winning app from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is only the beginning of […]
Tell me if you’ve seen this happen. A classroom teacher or a teacher librarian friend attends a workshop or a webinar about a certain app, masters it and tries to use it, a lot. There are likely better tools for the various tasks at hand, but they aren’t easily discoverable. Pre-service training does not prepare […]