April 29, 2016

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Dancing to the Toca Boca Beat | Touch and Go

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Apps designed with kids in control as co-creators are becoming more and more popular. Toca Boca’s latest production, Toca Dance, hands the choreography and wardrobe selection over to children.

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds Content for Tweens

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Thousands of videos, educational apps, games, and books for kids age 9–12 are now available, including a selection featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, Monument Valley, iCarly, and Star Trek.

Opera Notes: Apps | Touch and Go

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“Introducing opera to a child can be daunting,” comments SLJ reviewer Pam Schembri. Two apps from DADA Company give it a try.

Florida Lawmaker Suggests Students Be Allowed to Swap Foreign Language for Coding

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As emphasis on STEM grows, many legislatures want to push these classes in K-12 programs, as has been done in New Mexico and Kentucky, among other states.

Get Teens Interested in Digital Preservation

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With Digital Preservation Week nearly upon us, here’s how to entice a group that can be slow to embrace the idea—–teens—to pick up the gauntlet.

Tech and the Race to Read: the Case for Early Literacy

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A Houston library services specialist finds that the addition of technology motivates learning, helping both students and teachers overcome the challenges of low reading achievement.

Roger Rosen Appointed Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy

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The leader of Rosen Publishing assumes key role in advancing the thinking and learning of youth in our digital society.

“Elmo’s World” Revisited | Touch and Go

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Devoted fans of television are often willing to watch reruns of their favorite shows, and that goes for young enthusiasts as well as adults. In Elmo’s World and You, Sesame Street remixes some segments from its television show (and related products) to create this app.

My Love/Hate Relationship with 3-D Printers in Libraries

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We’ve seen 3-D printers shift from cool niche products to supposed must-haves. But are we achieving the dream or just printing tchotchkes?

SLJ Reviews LEGO WeDo 2.0

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The second-gen robotics system teaches STEM concepts to elementary students.

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Latest Discovery Education Digital Resources Tied to Earth Day

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The new content, including exclusive undersea footage from Ocean First Education, is designed to dovetail with lessons on the environment and conservation.

Of Coding and Compassion

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Tips from an expert on how to instruct kids effectively and with an open mind.

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Never Too Young To Code

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Tot-oriented robots and resources give coding lessons a friendly face.

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Teens Teach Computer Science at a CA Library

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In Cupertino, young adults teach computer science to peers and run an all-night hackathon at the library.

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ICivics Upgrades “Win the White House” Game

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A popular, interactive, and nonpartisan game that engages kids in the electoral process has been revamped.

Study: Ebooks, Audiobooks, Digital Textbooks Used in 80 Percent of Schools

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OverDrive and ASCD have partnered on a survey about digital content use in schools. Of the 80 percent of respondents who report using digital content in their schools or districts, four out of 10 are using it as part of their curriculum.

The Digital “Shakesperience” | Touch and Go

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Share these digital resources with thespians and students of Shakespeare during National Poetry Month.

Steampunk, SLIME, and Game Design: Lead the Change Fast-Learning Sessions

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Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.

New Dremel 3-D Printer Announced

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Intended to expand classroom opportunities for 3-D printing, the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 features new software plus WiFi- and USB-enabled capabilities.

DNA Play | Touch and Go

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While genetics is a topic generally taught in secondary schools, an app from Avokiddo introduces the concept of DNA, and mutability, to a younger audience.