October 20, 2017

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Just In Time for Día de los Muertos: The “Little Skeletons” | Touch and Go

Delightful animations and lively music will make this holiday and concept app a favorite all year round.

Fostering Good Citizens, Online and Off

Strategies for teaching digital citizenship skills to students.

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Fiete Cars & Sports: Way To Go! | Touch and Go

The playful, skill-building “Fiete” apps from Ahoiii Entertainment are ever popular with children. The latest just picked up an award at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Thinkrolls: Kings and Queens | Touch and Go

A new app injects logic and physics into an engaging game filled with more than a touch of fantasy.

MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – a review

This past week TLTer Robin Willis came and spent the week with me and visited my library (The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Ohio) and the Teen MakerSpace. Her visit coincided with the exploration and evaluation of a Silhouette Cameo 3 machine which we are considering for the Teen MakerSpace. Here’s what […]

TPiB: Ollie Robot Challenges for Teens by Michelle Biwer

At my library we have a few Ollie robots and the SpheroEdu app which controls the robots installed on our programming iPads. I purchased the Ollie robots for a few reasons: Special tires so robots can also be used for fun, outdoor programming Move up to 14 mph, much more impressive to most teens these […]

Riders’ Advisory: Bike-related programs expand in libraries

Library bike programs can be as simple as storing a tire pump on-site and loaning bicycle locks—or as complex as loaning out bikes.

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Want To Build a Great Maker Space? Plan Before You Play, Say Experts.

Got the maker bug but don’t know where to start? Check with the very people you hope to entice: your students. Panelists Laura Fleming, Tamiko Brown, and David Jakes offered their advice in the webcast “Build a Great Makerspace.”

Drawnimal, Miximal, and Loopimal: A Trio of Skill-Building Apps | Touch and Go

A set of pre-literacy concept apps that has much to offer adults seeking entertaining ways to engage young learners.

Virtually There: Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

These educators are embracing virtual reality as a new tool for student engagement, collaboration, and content creation.

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Students Create VR Field Trips in Charlottesville, VA

Middle schoolers turned their lens on the Jefferson School in Keswick, VA—one of two segregated one-room schoolhouses built in the 1920s.

Are Ebooks Better for Babies?

A new study suggesting that toddlers may learn more literacy skills from ebooks answers—and raises—questions.

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Robot Dad | Touch and Go

A creative, pint-size maker comes up with an ingenious solution when he misses his dad.

Despite Gains in Connectivity, 6.5 Million Students Lack High-Speed Internet Access in School

While progress has been made in broadband connectivity in U.S. schools, 6.5 million students don’t have high speed classroom Internet. The digital divide is particularly persistent in rural districts, according to an EducationSuperHighway report.

Listen Up! (Con Le Orecchie Di Lupo) | Touch and Go

Some apps delight users from the moment they begin, through to the very last click.

Six Strategies for Virtual Field Trips

As a school librarian, I always thought of the notion of collection as expansive. Collections might include any of the experiences we discover, as well as any of the people we meet who might enhance learning for our communities. Among those experiences are virtual field trips. Opportunities now abound for connections to curriculum and student interests. And easier […]

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Technology Can Inspire Families to Read More. Here’s How to Make it Work in Your Library.

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A Student-Designed Maker Cart

These Florida middle schoolers prototyped a stylish commercial storage bin, thanks to a design challenge and partnership with a furniture manufacturer.

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Gotham’s Most Wanted | Touch and Go

Cross-media branding? It’s not unusual, but is it successful in this app?

Just released: Horizon Report K12 (and how we’re leading these changes!)

As school leaders, you’ll want to dig into the NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2017 K-12 Edition. The annual K12 Horizon Report regularly identifies and profiles six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in educational technology likely to impact teaching and learning. This year, especially, you will find many opportunities for connections to our own mission and […]