November 19, 2017

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Test-Driving the Starling: Can a word-tracking device make babies smarter? | SLJ Review

SLJ reviews the Starling, a word-tracking device for babies. Our “First Steps” columnist Lisa Kropp considers its potential use in libraries.

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Meditative Gaming: Prune | Touch and Go

While the premise of the game is simple, two aspects of the app elevate it into an amazing experience: the Oscar-worthy animation and the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack.

11 Games Honored for Social Impact

From Minecraft to Tracking Ida, 11 games nominated for the 2017 Games for Change awards offer learning potential.

New ISTE Standards for Educators Highlight Librarians’ Role

Advocating for equitable tech access and participating in professional learning are among the mandates of the new standards.

Natural Reader and other free text-to-speech tools

I’ve been working on gathering resources on for our new Emerging Literacies course and wanted to share some of the resources/app lists I’ve gathered for learners with special needs. Among the tools I am discovering are a few free resources for supporting text-to-speech. These resources are so handy for struggling readers, for ESL students, for […]

Monument Valley II | Touch and Go

Is it magic? Or is it geometry? Monument Valley llis a game to be savored.

A Maker Space for Little Ones

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh supplies real tools and materials for preschoolers in its MAKESHOP.

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Nearpod Expands Content Through Partnership with BBC Worldwide Learning

This fall, students will be able to able to engage in digital lessons based on BBC documentaries as part of a new partnership.

A “Creature Garden” | Touch and Go

Wondering where to find the next fantastic beasts? With the engaging and intuitive Creature Garden app children can now create their own.

Making the Most of Duolingo’s Updates

Chatbots, clubs, and a flashcard app provide more options for language learning.

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Collections by Destiny

It is quite possible that your catalog is the most expensive piece of software in your building. Are you leveraging it to its fullest potential? Follett is about to launch an add-on to its Destiny’s 15.0 release that might just make you and your community appreciate your OPAC in a very new way. Collections by […]

An “Old Man’s Journey” | Touch and Go

Gorgeous design and a complex narrative create an addictive game that will appeal to a range of ages.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

What’s curation? Curation is a funny word. When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. The folks we interviewed across library land curated in several different ways and we used the term curation differently depending on current community needs or where they were in any […]

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear & Friends at 50 | Touch and Go

Bill Martin Jr’s beloved Brown Bear turned 50, and to celebrate, a tap-and-touch encounter with the book’s characters illustrated by Eric Carle has been released.

ALA, Google Seek Libraries to Apply for Coding Pilot this Summer

Is your library ready to code? The American Library Association and Google want you. Here’s what you need to know about applying for the $500K pilot launching this summer.

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Meet the Starling – The High-Tech Early Education Wearable for…Libraries?

Meet Heather Hageli. Heather is the Early Literacy Coordinator for the Vernon Area Public Library (VAPL). The VAPL’s 50,000 square foot building is full of excellent resources found in most libraries. But, Heather just brought in an exciting, new tool that is showing her patrons the true power of words.

Touch Press’s “Word Runners” App | Touch and Go

Amplify and Touch Press have joined forces to issue educational, skill-building games, one per month, on a subscription basis.

Didn’t you get my message? (Or I don’t know what’s ringing, beeping, pinging anymore!)

One morning when I thought I was on top of everything, a friend emailed me to ask, “Didn’t you get my Voxer message?” Lately I am having trouble communicating. Every device I have seems to be ringing or beeping or pinging on an increasing number of platforms. My son who works abroad uses WhatsApp. Some […]

Your 3-D Printer Hates You. Now Let’s Get Started!

Avoid these snafus—and design a 3-D printing program that you and your community will love.

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Seven Tips for Teaching News Literacy to Eight- to 12-Year-Olds

Considerations and strategies for teaching younger learners how to evaluate and create media.

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