September 26, 2016

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Boum! | Touch and Go

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SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

Paul Klee, for Kids | Touch and Go

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A beautifully designed app that introduces children to the dreamlike works of the 20th-century master.

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”

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For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.

String Theory: Projects Merging Math, Art, and Making

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Recipes for large and small-scale geometric string art projects from Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

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 Streamline Student Research With Wolfram|Alpha Add-Ons

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The recent release of two add-ons for Google Drive brings the power of the Wolfram|Alpha computational search engine directly into Google Docs and Google Sheets.

Teaching the 2016 Presidential Election: Top Tools

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These interactive online resources will help to guide students towards becoming tomorrow’s voters. Bonus: each one has a special reason for a librarian to love it.

Breakout EDU Brings “Escape Room” Strategy to the Classroom | SLJ Review

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Facilitating inquiry, problem solving, and collaboration, the Breakout EDU kit facilitates student problem solving in libraries and classrooms with minimal setup.

A STEM App Round-Up | Touch and Go

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Looking for apps to load onto your tablets at the start of the school year? We have a few.

Social Readia: At the Intersection of Books and Social Media

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The head of a Brooklyn, NY, elementary school library has found the key to getting kids to explore literature: technology.

What’s After Pokémon Go? Explore Augmented Reality Sept 13 | SLJ ISTE Webcast Series

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This fall series, sponsored by littleBits, explores the education technology topics educators are talking about this school year, from virtual reality and STEAM to popular culture and digital literacy.

Taming First-Day Jitters—On the Tablet | Touch and Go

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The interactivity of apps can offer children in a school setting for the first time a bit of playful control as they work through their new experience.

SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners

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Winner Todd Burleson, and finalists Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner, all display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

Yes, He Can! Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year

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“Please keep robots out of the sawdust” is the kind of phrase heard around the library at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL, where Todd Burleson can be found leading engineering challenges, inspiring student reporters, and constantly inventing.

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Librarian Launches Indiegogo to Fund Hands-on Coding Blocks

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School librarian Laura Fleming and two other educators have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a coding blocks and storybook set to teach computer science.

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.