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February 13, 2016

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iPads Reimagine Art Class

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Here’s how one elementary-school art teacher used iPads and a Do lnk app to extend learning digitally and expand the curriculum.

Author Megan McDonald Named 2016 Spokesperson for National School Library Month

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Judy Moody creator to support AASL’s National School Library month this April with outreach focusing on the importance of school libraries and librarians.

All Aboard DADA Trains | Touch and Go

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Chances are that if you know any children, you know some that are fascinated with trains. Here’s an interactive app that will put them behind the control panels.

Coloring Books Make the Leap to Digital | Touch and Go

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With the release of Millie Marotta’s Coloring Adventure,/em> for the iPad, it appears the coloring book trend has successfully made the leap to digital.

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.

Is the Common Core Just a Scam to Sell Books? | Consider the Source

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“What, are you crazy? It’s all about the money.” According to a video secretly recorded by a group called Project Veritas, these are the exact words of a (since-fired) executive at a major publishing company. Is the Common Core all about the money? Marc Aronson responds.

Give the Gift of Music | A “Great Books” List

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Ranging in format from illuminating biographical stories to engaging fictional narratives, these picture books published during 2015 celebrate the power of music to lift hearts and change lives.

The Good News from Millions of Years Ago | Consider the Source

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This has been an unprecedented year in the study of human evolution—made even more spectacular by the ways in which technology allows us to share the excitement of recent discoveries in our schools.

“World Wildlife Fund Together” | Touch and Go

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Children love photo-essays and stories about animals and educators looking to introduce global issues into the curriculum often find endangered animals a good place to start. The World Wildlife Fund provides a digital offering on the topic, with an update to their WWF Together app, available free on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire.

On Tour Through “My Incredible Body” | Touch and Go

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3-D perspectives, detailed illustrations, and narrated text features are just some of the features Zybright offers in its stunning tour of of the human body, available on a variety of devices.

AASL 2015: Spirit and Surprises

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From a late night Hackathon to an on-site maker space, conversations about “ubiquitous leadership,” “digital tattoos,” best apps, and much more, the 2015 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) conference had something for everyone.

WonderBox: Explorations in Science, Geography, Music, and Design | Touch and Go

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The WonderBox app provides content, creation opportunities, and a mini social network—with features and safeguards that will please parents.

Haunted Houses & Headless Horsemen: Halloween Apps | Touch and Go

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Halloween is here! From classic to contemporary stories (and a bit of augmented reality thrown in for good measure) we have apps for every age and sensibility.

Dr. Seuss in a New, Digital “Read & Learn” Series | Touch and Go

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When do you take an already successful app and improve upon it? And from a consumer’s point of view: does the new product warrant replacing a perfectly readable book or functioning program?

“iBiomes—Wetlands” | Touch and Go

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A cheery professor guides students through “iBiome-Wetland,” an app designed to teach students about biodiversity through a series of gamelike activities featuring a fresh water marsh, a salt water marsh, and a mangrove swamp.

Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” on the iPad | Touch and Go

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Our reviewer Pam Schembri cites the performers’ commentary as one of the strengths of this production, and calls it “a treasure for both professionals, students of music, and dabblers.”

Meet “Homo naledi” | A Fascinating Discovery Surfaces

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The discovery itself is only the beginning; the great news about this remarkable find is that it throws the science of human origins wide open.

Moobot’s Back with “Billy’s Booger” in Digital | Touch and Go

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Billy’s Booger: As described on the Moonbot site, this “highly anticipated,” “completely (sorta) true story from William Joyce’s experience in the fourth grade” has been “40 years in the ‘picking.’” And it’s now available in digital.

Companions Steadfast and True | Great Books about Imaginary Friends

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Ranging from picture books to novels, this selection of fun-filled tales about pretend pals celebrate unfailing friendship, effervescent individuality, and the prodigious power of imagination.

The Bard Gets Bawdier “Ryan North’s To Be or Not to Be” | Touch and Go

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Studying parody or William Shakespeare’s Hamlet in class? Looking for retelling of a classic with an unusual twist? Don’t miss “Ryan North’s To Be or Not to Be,” now in digital.