October 8, 2015

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Skill Building with “Fiete” Apps | Touch and Go


A cheerful sailor named Fiete invites children to join him on a number of his daily activities in a series of colorful apps produced by Ahoiii Entertainment. The apps will have kids flexing their pre- reading and numeracy skills and challenging their memories.

Capstone Offers Matching Grants for Ebooks


Schools can apply to MN-based publisher Capstone to receive a matching grant toward the purchase of its interactive ebooks in a program announced today.

Work Smarter Through “Extreme Listening” | SLJ Summit 2015


CEO of Caravan Studios Marnie Webb unpacked design thinking in her SLJ Summit keynote, providing a model for developing projects, from idea to prototype, through deep, empathetic listening.

“Hatch” Library Maker Space in a Mall Draws DIYers, Students, and Entrepreneurs


No library card is required to use the tools at the Hatch maker space, located near Dunkin’ Donuts in a mall in Watertown, MA, and launched by the Watertown Free Public Library with diverse community funding.

A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space


Open educational resources (OER) are a boon to maker activities, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming, who provides related tips and links to fun, cost-effective projects.

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


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.”

Nader Qaimari on Ebook Integration, User Experience, and other aspects of the Digital Shift

Library Journal spoke to Nader Qaimari, Senior Vice President of Content Solutions and Services, Follett, about libraries’ evolving role in using the latest technology to connect patrons to the information, tools, services, that they need—and to one another.

Meet the Recipients of the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award

Diana Rendina, media specialist at the Stewart Middle School library in Tampa, FL.
    Stewart Middle School photos by Mark Arbeit

Read about the winner, first runner-up, and editor’s choice for SLJ’s 2015 Build Something Bold Award, honoring creativity in school library programming that incorporates hands-on learning led by the librarian or media specialist.

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Amazon Ebook Deal With NYC Schools Not Dead Yet

Terms of the pending three-year, $30 million deal between the retail giant and the New York City Department of Education for e-materials are being revised after the National Federation of the Blind said that the technology would not adequately serve blind students.

TED-Ed Seeks Innovative Educators


Sixteen U.S. teachers are among the first class of TED-Ed Innovative Educators, who will will receive training and will participate in leadership and innovation projects in the yearlong program. The next application period begins in December.

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.

Education, Justice Departments Release English Learner Tool Kit


Educators have a new, free resource to help them provide quality instruction to English learners. The English Learner (EL) Tool Kit was created by the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice to help states, districts and schools meet their legal obligations to serving ELs.

Video: Schools, Libraries Uniquely Positioned to Direct Maker Movement, Says Congressman


U.S. Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA41) addressed the growing importance of maker activities—from STEM education to small-batch manufacturing—in a September 16 keynote.

“Osmo Numbers” Wants to Make Learning Math more Fun


If any subject could use a more dynamic, hands-on approach, it’s math. Enter Osmo Numbers. With this latest game for the Osmo platform, users position physical number tiles in front of an iPad to solve math problems.

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


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.

Capstone to Launch Spanish-language PebbleGo

Capstone will debut a Spanish-language version of its PebbleGo database in Spring 2016. PebbleGo Animales will feature articles on more than 250 animals and their behaviors for grades PreK–2.

SLJ Reviews Kid-Friendly Robots Dash and Dot | Test Drive


Dash and Dot, by Wonder Workshop, are two robot “buddies” that arrive ready to play and program out of the box. Chad Sansing takes them for a test drive and considers their potential application in the classroom.

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Getting to E: The State of the School Ebook Market


School libraries are moving toward ebook adoption; the question is how fast.

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Iain Pears’s Multilayered “Arcadia” | Touch and Go


With no desire to thrust himself “into the vanguard of digital innovation,” Iain Pears nonetheless finds himself there with publication of “Arcadia.” The author notes, “…I undertook the project because I had reached the limit of my storytelling in book form and needed some new tools to get me to the next stage.”

Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits


Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals. Here, teacher librarian Phil Goerner tackles his top six objectives and lays out a plan for achieving these goals, which range from creating new maker space projects to engaging teachers in professional development.