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IPad Games Blend with the Physical World | SLJ Reviews Osmo

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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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Q & A with ‘KidLit TV’ Host Rocco Staino

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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.

Ebooks Take Hold in Schools—Slowly

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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.

And Now We Are 60: SLJ, the profession, and culture from 1954 to today

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To mark School Library Journal’s 60th year as an independent magazine, a look back at some highlights—including some favorite covers.

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

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

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.

Nexus 7 Tablets Strengthen Google’s Play for the K–12 Market

Nexus 7 Versus the iPad: The new tablets strengthen Google’s play for K–12 schools

Coupled with the much-anticipated Google Play for Education store, the Nexus 7 bolsters Google’s growing claim to the K–12 tablet landscape.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

With Google Play for Education, Google Promises a Hassle-Free Tablet for K-12, challenging the iPad

With Google Play for Education, Google Promises a Hassle-Free Tablet for K-12, challenging the iPad

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.

What’s Izik? Introducing a swipier, slashier search

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 […]

Serving Truth, Justice, and Tighty Whities | The Captain Goes Digital

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Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants bursts onto the digital scene with full-color illustrations, nifty animation, and activities galore.

Reading Rainbow Partners With National Geographic Kids, Expands App

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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.

Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain

Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain

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.

Global Education Conference: “Apps Galore”

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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.

Libraries, Ebooks, and Beyond: Tablets in the Classroom

Libraries, Ebooks, and Beyond: Tablets in the Classroom

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.

News Bites: Get Your Students Involved in the Presidential Election with OneVote 2012

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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.

Lunching on Sea Urchin, Abalone, and Clams

Lunching on Sea Urchin, Abalone, and Clams

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.

‘Where Do Balloons Go?’ Ask Jamie Lee Curtis.

‘Where Do Balloons Go?’ Ask Jamie Lee Curtis.

Jamie Lee Curtis’s charming picture book ‘Where Do Balloons Go?’ (HarperCollins, 2000), gets the royal app treatment from Auryn, Inc.

Review: ‘Hush, Little Beachcomber’

Review: ‘Hush, Little Beachcomber’

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.

Review: ‘A Garden for Pig.’ Kane Miller Enters the Digital Storytelling World

Review: ‘A Garden for Pig.’ Kane Miller Enters the Digital Storytelling World

Kane Miller publishers has released a series of apps based on their international children’s titles.

Kane Miller Makes Some Noise with ‘Boom Bah!’

Kane Miller Makes Some Noise with ‘Boom Bah!’

Kane Miller publishers have been bringing outstanding international children’s titles to the attention of American readers for more than thirty years. Their list includes such favorites as Mem Fox’s Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Taro Gomi’s Everyone Poops, Jae Soo Liu’s Yellow Umbrella, and more recently, Atinuke’s “Anna Hibiscus” series. Boom Bah!, first published in Australia, […]

Review: Tove Jansson’s ‘Moomin, Mymble and Little My’

Review: Tove Jansson’s ‘Moomin, Mymble and Little My’

This app takes advantage of the iPad’s capabilities, incorporating sound, motion, and interactivity, while letting the story remain the focus. As our reviewer Cathy Potter points out, Jansson’s die-cut illustrations translate well to the digital format, and add to the story’s appeal. Title: The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My Author: Tove Jansson Illustrator: […]