August 25, 2016

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Reaching for the Sky: Tinybop, Inc. | Touch and Go

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“Sparking curiosity, diving into big ideas, and making connections to the world,” are design objectives of the innovative developer Tinybop, Inc., and all are in evidence in Skyscrapers, the seventh volume in their “Explorer’s Library” series.

Lumino City | Touch and Go

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“Thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing, and intellectually challenging,” is the opinion of SLJ‘s reviewer Cindy Wall.

The Educational Potential of Augmented Reality

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Consider this your cheat sheet to augmented reality. There’s so much more than Pokémon Go.

Bookshare Extends Ebook Access to TX Students with Print Disabilities

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A statewide program, Accessible Books for Texas enables students with print disabilities to access Bookshare, a free, cloud-based ebook library of more than 440,000 titles.

Seven Surprising Benefits of Maker Spaces

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Noted experts Carrie and Alton Barron explain one of the single most important ways a librarian can point patrons to optimal intellectual and emotional experiences.

Primary Sources Go Mobile; African American History Site Debuts | Tech Bites

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This month’s Tech Bites news roundup features a variety of the latest digital resources for students.

Mark up and Organize the Web with Scrible | SLJ Review

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Our intrepid tech reviewer Wendy Stephens sizes up the tool for organizing and annotating web research, as well as the potential benefit of purchasing the new premium version.

Web Stories and Social Graphics Made Easy with Adobe Spark | SLJ Review

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Looking to help students craft digital stories? Or spice up library promotional materials? Adobe’s free Spark suite can serve a variety of creation needs, from explainer videos and student narratives to social memes.

Test-Driving Google Arts & Culture | SLJ Review

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Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours and a wealth of multimedia content related to art and museum and historic locations around the world. Carli Spina reviews the learning potential.

Creative Play with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” | Touch and Go

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Young children have an opportunity to experiment with colors, textures, and shapes when they produce art in an app inspired by Eric Carle’s iconic picture books.

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.

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

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Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

ISTE Lauds Two School Librarians as Tech Trailblazers

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Diana Rendina and Shannon McClintock Miller were presented with the Award for Outstanding Young Educator and Making it Happen Award, respectively, in Denver.

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.