Should babies be exposed to apps? Rachel Payne responds to a comment on her “Are Learning Apps Good for Babies?” piece. Is removing a book from a required reading list a form of censorship? One reader questions the inclusion of Sherman Alexie’sThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian on a sixth-grade reading list.
The annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is accepting original works in 28 categories. Terri Soutor, former vice president at Lerner Publishing Group, a sister company to Brain Hive and a key player in the formation of the company, has been named Brain Hive’s president. Storybots founders Gregg and Evan Spiridellis launch Educade, a portal of free, ready to use lesson plans paired with learning tools. The International Reading Association has announced some of the renowned authors speaking at its 59th Annual Conference in May. Krup has announced a teacher’s lounge makeover contest.
YALSA’s Teen Book Finder is one of my favorite apps. I recommend it to my high school students and I/we often take it to the shelves on our iPhones, iPods or iPads for inspiration connected to YALSA’s recommended titles. Good news. This week, YALSA launched an updated version of the free app that now includes titles [...]
One of my favorite discoveries at ISTE was Graphite. Launched by Common Sense Media, the nonprofit known by parents, teachers and librarians for its high quality, nonpartisan reviews and its popular Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, Graphite promises to be the go-to platform for helping teachers make sense of an exponentially evolving number of digital [...]
Here in Chicago, AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee just released its standards-aligned 2013 list. (Don’t miss AASL’s inaugural, Best Apps For Teaching and Learning list, also just released at ALA!) Sites and tools are selected because they engage users through innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. Honored websites, tools, and resources will provide exceptional value [...]
National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is June 27th . First established in 2005 by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, NHTD seeks to bring attention to the importance of HIV testing, and through its website, make resources readily available to those who are looking for testing locations, disease facts, and more.
Sticky Dot Comics Free Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Recommended for ages 8 and up. At the end of February, Viz announced that it was launching a free all-ages app aimed at kids and families. The promise was to create an app where parents would feel comfortable allowing their children download and [...]
It’s just a little easier to find your apps these days and to discover and connect to new ones. On Friday Google announced a new feature in its Drive interface. The Create menu now expands to list a lovely variety of third-party Drive-connected apps. These apps may now be conveniently added to your Create menu [...]
On Monday, December 3rd at 8PM Eastern, TLCafé hosts our 2nd annual Smackdown/Open Mic night. Please plan on visiting or participating! You don’t have to be a librarian to play. We welcome classroom teachers, tech directors, administrators, enthusiastic partners of every persuasion! I’ll be sharing my trend list and some of my favorite discoveries and [...]
On Monday, December 3rd at 8PM Eastern, TLCafé hosts our 2nd annual Smackdown/Open Mic night. Please plan on visiting or participating!
You don’t have to be a librarian to play. We welcome classroom teachers, tech directors, administrators, enthusiastic partners of every persuasion!
I’ll be sharing my trend list and some of my favorite discoveries and so will [...]