Apps that foster creative tinkering while enabling tweens and teens to grasp a new skill, from 3-D modeling to game design.
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Tiggly Words mixes touch-screen apps with real-world manipulatives to deliver a hybrid learning experience focused on long and short vowels.
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You might say that the iPad’s been cursed by its own success—full of mid-to-low quality apps that tease kids with free offers. Here’s a starter list of better apps, with something for every youngster.
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“Osmo is part app and part iPad, with a little physical hackery thrown in,” writes Chad Sansing, who considers the new gaming platform’s potential for the classroom in his review.
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KidLit.TV, a YouTube channel dedicated to the world of children’s literature, kicked off November 12. SLJ contributor Rocco Staino, hosts his own weekly interview series “StoryMakers,” on the channel, and SLJ chats with him about his new venture.
The adoption and use of ebooks in U.S. school libraries has grown steadily over the past four years, slowed mainly by limited access to ereading devices and cost, says a new ebooks report by SLJ, sponsored by Follett.
Wouldn’t it be great to provide a video tour of your library for students and teachers? You can do this easily with TouchCast, an app for creating video for the iPad, enhanced with linked content: photos, maps, polls, websites, and more. Our screencasts show you how it’s done.
This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Coupled with the much-anticipated Google Play for Education store, the Nexus 7 bolsters Google’s growing claim to the K–12 tablet landscape.
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The iPad has been the tablet of choice for schools, thanks to volume purchasing, volume management, and the vast selection of apps. But that may be about to change. With the recent launch of Google Play for Education, Google is set to challenge the iPad’s dominance.
I’ve been searching for a search tool that makes me want to search on my iPad. I think I’ve found one that will work for me and for my students. Specially for tablets, Izik by Blekko is a new, free search app for iPad and android. Results are organized by contextual categories in an image-rich […]
Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants bursts onto the digital scene with full-color illustrations, nifty animation, and activities galore.
RRKidz has announced that its flagship brand Reading Rainbow is partnering with publisher National Geographic Kids to expand its interactive reading subscription app, available exclusively on the iPad. The company is also expanding its library with a new branded island featuring dozens of books as well as videos hosted and narrated by RRKidz co-founder LeVar Burton.
In a shift occurring nationwide, libraries are conducting “digital storytime,” using apps in kids’ programs for education, entertainment, and involving parents in the learning process. But not everyone’s sold on the use of iPads, especially with very young children.
The Global Education Conference, held around the clock November 12–16, offered a wide range of sessions by and for educators. In particular, “Appls Galore” emphasized a variety of ways to use this technology with young students.
Ereaders and iPads are becoming integral parts of the school library because they foster creativity and encourage flexibility in learning. But are students using this technology effectively? Panelists from SLJ’s session, “Tablets in the Classroom: New Strategies, New Solutions,” discussed how to ensure that students are relying on these devices to truly make the most of their educational experiences.
OneVote 2012 is a student mock election held before the national presidential election. Launched by Channel One News, the program gives young people the opportunity to learn about the electoral process and the issues via interactive content as well as the chance to cast their vote for the next president of the United States from October 22–26. Prior to the election, Channel One News will offer news and other special segments to help teens make an informed decisions.
In ‘Otter on His Own,’ Doe Boyle’s lyrical text (Soundprints, 2002), Robert Lawson’s expressive illustrations, plus a few enhancements (Oceeanhouse Media, Inc.) deliver an informative, visually appealing app.
Jamie Lee Curtis’s charming picture book ‘Where Do Balloons Go?’ (HarperCollins, 2000), gets the royal app treatment from Auryn, Inc.
Heading to the beach with your iPad? Don’t forget to download Dianne Moritz’s ‘Hush, Little Beachcomber’ and Stephen Huneck’s “Sally Goes to the Beach” for the kids.