May 28, 2017

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Educators Share Maker, STEM, and Digital Literacy Tools

Educators presented a bevy of digital tools for classroom learning during the ISTE/SLJ “60 Tools in 60 Minutes” webinar.

School Library Tech Budgets Rise | SLJ 2017 Technology Survey

School librarians are being recognized as tech leaders and investing more in cutting-edge digital tools.

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Fostering Sustainability | Series Nonfiction Editorial

An emphasis on tech, specifically series on alternative energy, leads the charge this spring.

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Visions, Past and Present: World History | Series Nonfiction

An exploration of refugees from Crabtree; profiles of rabble-rousing women from Enslow.

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Problem-solving Techies: Careers & Skills | Series Nonfiction

Prepare kids and teens for the workforce with these series on coding, social media, and more.

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Technology, Pure and Simple: General Science | Series Nonfiction

Black holes, drones, and prehistoric beasts…oh my! A wondrous exploration of STEM fields awaits.

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11 Lessons from a Maker Space­­, One Year In

A year after Karen Jensen and staff opened a teen maker space at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), she assesses what worked, what didn’t, and how to move forward.

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New Dremel 3-D Printer Announced

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

Creating and Using an iPad Technology Lab as Part of a Library Teen Makerspace

As part of my teen area Makerspace, I want to buy a number of iPads. Here is some of the information I have been putting together to discuss the who, what, when, where and why of it for my library administration. The iPad can be used in a variety of ways to incorporate more technology […]

Just for fun: Google Feud

(Potential time suck alert.) Who would have expected knew that you could leverage the collective power of Google’s auto complete by mashing it up with a classic television game show? Based on the Google API, and developed by Justin Hook, Google Feud is the new age Family Feud.  The game invites you to choose from […]

Playing around in 3D museums from Smithsonian and Google

Lately the digital galleries we visit have gotten a little more real.  3D scanned images allow us to get really up close and personal and around every bend. Recently launched, Smithsonian X 3D presents a variety of 3D collections. The objects are viewed in the sophisticated Explorer browser that allows incredible opportunities to manipulate, measure, […]

Take 5: 5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace (Quarto Week) (MakerSpace)

One of the things my teens like to do best in my MakerSpace is to make mini movies, so I’ve been working on upping our game and finding new tools to learn new skills. Below are 5 of the various resources, apps and tools I recommend for making a variety of types of short films […]

Remind gets chatty

Parents crave communication and engagement with their kids’ teachers.  They want to know what’s going on. But crazy busy work and packed extracurricular schedules make communication a challenge.  As educators we need a safe, private and efficient way to send the occasional update and reminder to our most important stakeholders. Remind (formerly Remind 101), a […]

Map of Life goes mobile

This app is going to make travel, field trips, birdwatching and walks in the woods, on the beach and in the park way more fun. One of my very favorite examples of crowd-sourced reference sites has been Yale University’s Map of Life . Using a wide variety of data sources,  the biodiversity project endeavors to provide […]

Tech Talk: App Review – BeFunky

I am always looking for a fun new photo app. I take and use a lot of pictures in my library and online here at TLT. With the right app you can turn a simple photo into a fun work of art. In this recent round of new photo apps I tried Font Killer, Space […]

YouTube introduces Cards

Google recently announced the addition of Cards for YouTube. The interactive feature allows video creators to strategically point viewers to videos, merchandise, playlists, websites and more from the Video Manager.   While the feature is aimed at business, it offers features that easily translate for high school student projects, marketing school events and for supporting fundraisers. […]

Friday Finds – March 27, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On Trying to Be Better Zombie Love: Why Are Zombie Things So Popular? (A guest post by Geri Diorio) Middle Grade Monday – Women in Fiction Book Review: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach #FSYALIT Girls Like Me Don’t: Thoughts on Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally, […]

The Walking Dead Video Game, a guest review by Nita Tyndall

Today for Zombie Week Nita Tyndall is reviewing The Walking Dead video game. Thanks Nita!   When The Walking Dead show first premiered, it was a show my dad and I got into, curled up on the couch on Sunday evenings because my mom thought it was too gory and didn’t want to watch people […]

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Leading library ebook distributor OverDrive was sold to Rakuten on March 19 for $410 million cash, more than 16 times OverDrive’s annual earnings of $25 million. The purchase from private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, OverDrive’s majority owner since 2010, is scheduled to close in April. OverDrive will become a subsidiary of Rakuten USA, the U.S. arm of Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. CEO Steve Potash will continue to lead OverDrive, and its headquarters will remain in Cleveland, OH.

Tech Review: Online Creation Tools Piktochart and Canva

I recently learned about two online creation tools and have spent some time (too much time?) exploring both. Now I’m going to share my possibly overly excited thoughts with you. True story: I loved both of these tools and played with them a lot – so I could evaluate them for you of course. See, […]