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July 23, 2014

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Are Today’s Kids All Thumbs? Touch Matters. Researchers Bring Tactile Learning into Digital Realm.

Are Today’s Kids All Thumbs? Touch Matters. Researchers Bring Tactile Learning into Digital Realm.

Using our hands is critical to learning, and the rise of digital devices in early childhood learning potentially limits children’s opportunities to learn about the world around them through touch. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers founds young children have trouble using toys and blocks because of their overuse of touch-screen devices. So, the digital industry is coming up with ways to use interactive touch and tools with the digital screen.

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

Getting Hands on at ISTE’s Digital Age Library Playground | ISTE 2014

ISTE’s Digital Age Library Playground: A Dynamic Mix of Knowledge and Hands-On Tools | ISTE 2014

For three hours at ISTE’s Digital Age Library Playground, teacher librarians excitedly milled from station to station, absorbing knowledge, connecting with colleagues, and exploring new strategies. At any given time, hundreds of people were not only taking in the presenters’ shared knowledge, but trying out the resources being discussed.

Fight the ‘Zombie Librarians’ | ISTE 2014

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Jennifer LaGarde’s sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she’d once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”

ALA Report Confirms Negative Impact of Filtering on Student Learning

ALA Report Confirms Negative Impact of Filtering on Student Learning

“Fencing out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later” concludes that institutions using filtering software in order to receive certain federal funds routinely block more content than required, depriving students of access to information and collaborative tools.

Pleased to Meet You: Web apps for getting to know your students before fall

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School’s out. But before we know it, we’ll be thinking about next year. To jazz up your blog and revitalize your summertime communication with parents and students, check out these fine tools.

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

Gaming the Common Core: Many board games align with the standards

Gaming the Common Core: Many board games align with the standards

When the library profession gathers in Las Vegas this month for ALA’s annual conference, how can we not consider gaming in libraries? Play-based learning is an effective way to address the learning style changes of the Common Core and other emerging standards.

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

Transmedia and Education: How Transmedia Is Changing the Way We Learn

Many Ways to Tell a Story: How Transmedia Is Transforming Education In and Out of Classrooms

SLJ explores how transmedia storytelling, or telling a story across media platforms, has cracked open possibilities for educators to teach and assess, as well as opportunities for students to learn.

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

Weaving Together Touch and Digital into Early Childhood Play

Weaving Together Touch and Digital into Early Childhood Play

Experts have found that physical touch and hand movements are important for brain development and learning—crucial aspects to be aware of when creating apps and other digital programs for children.

SisOps: Girl-Friendly Tech Initiatives Challenge a Boys-Only Culture

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New girl-friendly technology initiatives are challenging tech’s boys-only culture.

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

Apps for Outdoor Learning | Cool Tools

Apps for Outdoor Learning | Cool Tools

With spring in the air, students typically clamor to get outside—and teachers would often like to follow. April is an ideal time of year to explore outdoor learning opportunities, and these apps and sites can lead the way.

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

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

The effects of screen time on little ones, the integration of technology with library programming – these are some of the issues now facing the profession. It’s time to break down divisional silos, according to Christopher Harris, and work together to ensure libraries’ effectiveness in serving kids and teens.

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

New Digital Product: Capstone Unveils Database Module PebbleGo Next and Prelaunch Special

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Capstone, a children’s books and digital products publisher, announced today—April 10—at the Texas Library Association that a new product, PebbleGo Next,™ its newest database module for grades 3-6, will debut this upcoming fall.

Stellar Databases: SLJ Readers’ Favorites and Other Essential Electronic Resources

Stellar Databases: SLJ Readers’ Favorites and Other Essential Electronic Resources

Everywhere you look, librarians are on the hunt for databases, databases, and more databases. But which one is best? Which offers material that your students will use? And which one will be accessible to them? Wonder no more.

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

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”

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If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you. But hurry, proposals are due by May 2.

New Jersey Librarians Get $116,000 in Makerspace Grants

New Jersey Librarians Get $116,000 in Makerspace Grants

Fifteen New Jersey libraries—including public, school, and academic institutions—have received funds from a New Jersey Library Makerspace grant initiative making way for libraries to become a hotbed of community skill building and personal connections.

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

Announcing SLJ’s 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award: Could It Be You?

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School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing join forces to announce the SLJ School Librarian of the Year Award.

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

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

San Antonio Public Library Tapped for Gates Foundation Tech Initiative

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The San Antonio Public Library has been selected to participate in the Edge Initiative—funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the Urban Libraries Council—a new program that will strengthen the SAPL’s public access technology services and help them better serve their communities.

Cool Ways to Use Google to Inspire Your Students to Create Dynamic Worlds

Cool Ways to Use Google to Inspire Your Students to Create Dynamic Worlds

Here are some practical applications of how teachers and librarians can use Google’s Maps and Street View to create lesson plans and assignments on virtual tours of the streets of Paris, or map out some Civil War battles.

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

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

With its clean, kid-friendly design and cheery accent colors, the HP Chromebook 11 could fit nicely into K–12 classrooms and libraries, writes Test Drive reviewer Joelle Alcaidinho.

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