November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

Technology continues to advance all corners of our lives. Now it’s finally made it into that quiet corner families love to read in – the local library. Peek into the world of educational technology, see how libraries are participating, and discover how affordable it can be to join them.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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 […]

The Game of Life | Touch and Go

A classic American game receives a winning digital update.

#flipgridfever: New features for fall

Amidst a fury of #FlipGridFever, our friends at Flipgrid recently announced major enhancements in a product I loved at first sight. (See just a couple of my posts from Let’s test drive FlipGrid to Announcing Flipgrid One (now free to all teachers). One thing you’ll notice if you go back and watch the live-streamed launch event that […]

With Smart Toys, Kids’ Privacy Is at Play

A recent FBI public service announcement warned that common features such as microphones and cameras “could put the privacy and safety of children at risk.”

Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner offers tips and tools for keeping up-to-date on the resources needed to teach students about Internet safety and digital citizenship.

I Tried to Escape the Bus (and Failed!) – An Escape the Bus Review

Last night, the local school district hosted a STEAMFest (more about this in a different post). One of the events they had during this day was Escape the Bus and I want to make sure everyone knows about this. Escape the Bus is a mobile escape room experience hosted by the iSchool Initiative. It is […]

Top Tool Takeaway: Summer Edition

Offerings include 16 ways to “Be Internet Awesome,” maker space tips for an “evil genius,” and more.

Coding Made Inventive: LittleBits’ Code Kit | SLJ Review

SLJ reviews the littleBits Code Kit, a suite of hardware, software, and resources that enable kids to apply computer code to their inventions.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

33 Winning Back-to-School Ideas

From VR and mystery parties to STEAM projects and life-skills programs, these initiatives ignite curiosity.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Here Comes the Sun | Digital Resources for the Solar Eclipse

Gear up for a cosmic experience on August 21 with these easy-to-access, digital resources.

5 Tips for Makers on a Budget from a Teen Librarian

“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger and SLJTeen Live! panelist Karen Jensen shares some ideas and resources for low-budget maker spaces.

The King’s Ears | Touch and Go

A lively retelling of a Slavic folktale about a king who keeps firing barbers because he’s ashamed of the secret they discover while cutting his hair: he has goat ears.

Reshma Saujani On Closing the Gender Gap in Tech

The CEO of Girls Who Code, and SLJTeen Live! closing keynoter, speaks to SLJ about her latest and upcoming projects.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Kid Magnets: Little Ones Love AWE and Hatch Early Learning Programs

These literacy-themed computer terminals feature digital games, storytelling programs, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Amazon Inspire’s relaunch

Following a year of retooling, the Amazon Inspire digital library reopened in public Beta this week. Offering a familiar, filtered Amazon search/shopping interface, Inspire allows educators to discover, download, curate and share Open Educational Resources (OER). Over the past year, Amazon Education has been working with groups of educators, including the Maryland State Department of Education and the […]