November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

A Mathemagician’s Playbook | Apps

Criteria for selecting math apps and a few stellar examples.

Portable and Practical: A Guide for Budding Birders | Touch and Go

A field guide to birds for the youngest children that’s chock-full of information and activities.

From Pop-Up to App, “With a Few Bricks” | Touch and Go

Pat the Bunny was one of the first interactive books to make the leap to the iPad; others have followed. Here’s one from Vincent Godeau.

Boum! | Touch and Go

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

Paul Klee, for Kids | Touch and Go

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

The Latest in STEM: Teens Team Up With the FDA

Learning to code, visiting the White House, and pitching medical apps “Shark Tank” style? Students in the aimHI Summer Incubator Program, a partnership between the FDA and Montgomery County (MD) County Library, did it all.

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”

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

EBSCO Upgrades Audiobook App

In efforts to help libraries meet the diverse needs of their users, EBSCO Information Services has redesigned and added multiple new features to EBSCO Audiobooks.

A STEM App Round-Up | Touch and Go

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

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

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.

Fallen London |Touch and Go

The popular, text-based adventure, a “Lovecraftian dream of Victorian London,” is now available in iOS. Enter at your own risk.

Reaching for the Sky: Tinybop, Inc. | Touch and Go

“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

“Thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing, and intellectually challenging,” is the opinion of SLJ‘s reviewer Cindy Wall.

Mark up and Organize the Web with Scrible | SLJ Review

Our intrepid tech reviewer Wendy Stephens sizes up the tool for organizing and annotating web research, as well as the potential benefit of purchasing the new premium version.

Creative Play with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” | Touch and Go

Young children have an opportunity to experiment with colors, textures, and shapes when they produce art in an app inspired by Eric Carle’s iconic picture books.

Screen Gems: High-Quality Picture Ebooks and Apps for Tots

Advice on making smart app and ebook choices for the under-five set.

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Los Pollitos | Touch and Go

In conjunction with the publication of Susie Jarmillo’s flap-filled book, Los Pollitos/Little Chickies, Encantos Media Studio has released an app loaded with activities related to the traditional song.

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

The Voyages of Aladdin and Sinbad | Touch and Go

A thieving villain, a stolen lamp, faraway worlds, and intrigue on the high seas—what more could adventure seekers desire? Here’s an app that offers readers and listeners all that—and introduces them to characters from classic literature.

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” |Touch and Go

Behind Heuristic Media’s stunning app of “The Tempest” is the actor Ian McKellen, who with his business partner Richard Loncraine, has plans to release an app for each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays.