July 23, 2016

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Screen Gems: High-Quality Picture Ebooks and Apps for Tots

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Advice on making smart app and ebook choices for the under-five set.

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Los Pollitos | Touch and Go

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In conjunction with the publication of Susie Jarmillo’s flap-filled book, Los Pollitos/Little Chickies, Encantos Media Studio has released an app loaded with activities related to the traditional song.

Topics and Resources for the 2016 Summer Olympics | Tech Tidbits

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The 2016 Summer Olympics will soon be all anyone’s talking about. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tools and resources that librarians should have at the ready.

Turn STEM into STEAM: Storytelling with ScratchJr

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ScratchJr is designed for younger learners and hardwired for telling stories. Tips for integrating ScratchJr and coding with storytelling, from library media specialist Addie Matteson.

SLJ Reviews Sphero’s New Robot, SPRK+

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An upgrade of the popular robotic sphere, SPRK+ sports a tougher, transparent shell and other features, all toward making STEAM learning fun.

VR, Whole Libraries in a Contact Lens: ISTE 2016 Top Takeaways

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Nearly 20,000 attendees convened in Denver for a notably robust ISTE 2016. From virtual reality to the new open resources platform Amazon Inspire, SLJ taps the highlights.

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” |Touch and Go

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Behind Heuristic Media’s stunning app of “The Tempest” is the actor Ian McKellen, who with his business partner Richard Loncraine, has plans to release an app for each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays.

“Moonbeeps” from Moonbot | Touch and Go

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Moonbot Studios latest series of apps celebrates old-fashioned play—with a digital twist, of course.

Apps for Nature Lovers | Touch and Go

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Viewers will delight in these two immersive, introductory apps from Bright World eBooks offering up-close and panoramic views of watery environments and their denizens.

Small in a Big World | Touch and Go

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In an Eric Carle-like world of gentle creatures, a colorful cast of animals help Milli discover what it is that snails do best.

U.S. Girls Top Boys in Tech and Engineering, Study Shows

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The results of the nation’s first Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) student assessment are in, and here’s what they reveal.

Hopscotch App Introduces Kids to Block Programming | SLJ Review

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Spell your name with emoji. Draw a snowflake. Create an Angry Birds game. Download Hopscotch and start coding these and other projects in minutes.

Free Virtual Conference to Help Librarians Teach Data Literacy

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The 4T Virtual Conference on “Data Literacy: Creating Data Literate Students” will take place July 14–15 and focus on teaching high school students statistical literacy, data visualization, and how to use data in arguments.

VT School Librarian Previews Google Expeditions App

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A field trip to the days of Davy Crockett may sound like something Ms. Frizzle cooked up, but it’s now possible—at least virtually.

Six IL High Schools to Use Library App Created by Local Teen

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It all began when a high school librarian had an idea. Add a senior who just happens to be a programming whiz, and the rest is digital history.

CHOMP On This App | Touch and Go

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It’s hard to imagine an app that can rival Chistoph Niemann’s Petting Zooin novelty and engagement. There’s now a contender.

Schools Partner with OverDrive to Offer Books 24/7 in June

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The digital distribution platform has teamed up with schools in every state and parts of Canada to allow students to access a collection of interactive juvenile fiction and award-winning YA ebooks.

An Open Letter to School Boards Everywhere

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School libraries are popping up that are fully, even lavishly, equipped, save for one thing: a certified school librarian. Here, one New Jersey librarian explains why that can never work. Ever.

Wordplay on the iPad | Touch and Go

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Three apps that offer children opportunities to experiment “with the way letters combine to form words” are reviewed.

Presentation Tools Worthy of the Content | Consider the Source

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Looking at some of the new software, it’s clear that the grammar of picture books is becoming a design structure that applies to effective presentations.