June 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

MakerSpace: Rhonna Designs Photo and Collage App Review

Behold, I have found a new photo app! As I mentioned last week, a friend fell into a button maker group and they talk a lot about two things: 1) The Canon Selphy printer, which I reviewed last week and 2) The Rhonna Designs app, which a lot of people in the button making community […]

“Black Panther”-Inspired Lesson Plans Leverage Hit Film to Teach Tech

Free lesson plans combine digital fabrication with an exploration of cultural symbols inspired by the hit Marvel film.

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Gorogoa: A Thought-Provoking, Elegant Puzzle | Touch and Go

This game, which offers opportunities for cooperative play and team problem solving, will be appreciated for its design and deceptively simple, thought-provoking puzzles.

Libraries of Things | Library Hacks

Looking for short-term use of cake tins, camping equipment, or bikes? These libraries lend out all of those items and a lot more.

Collaboration Puts Chicago History At Students’ Fingertips

Explore Chicago Collections, a free online portal, lets users search the digital collections of the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago History Museum, and other member institutions.

KIBO, a Screen-Free Coding Set for Young Kids | Tech Review

This learn-to-code robot with a passing resemblance to Mr. Potato Head can be built and re-built.

Fab Lab Makes Impact on Special and Alternative Education Students

A hands-on STEM learning center at Colonial High School (CHS) in Grindstone, PA, provides needed skills, an emotional outlet, and a lifeline to many teens.

LOC introduces its Story Maps

Around a month ago, the Library of Congress announced new curatorial strategies for interactive storytelling around its diverse collections with its Story Maps. The stories offer users engaging ways to access these collections and leverage data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and a new story platform created by ESRI a corporate leader in the areas of […]

Tapping the Lifelong Potential of Making | Editorial

Making is having a positive impact on how kids learn and transforming how they feel about the world around them.

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On immersive technologies and the library: a visit with author Jamie Donally

Imagine the possibilities. of immersive virtual field trips–a walk through the solar system, the experience of a tornado, a tour around a refugee camp of a science lab with the opportunity to fully explore, rotate and dissect a 3D model of the human body. of your students designing their own 360-degree, interactive, immersive stories with augmented […]

MākMō Mobile Makerspace Making Impact in Los Angeles

Four customized vans bring makerspace programming and spark education and partnerships in Southern California.

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How To Organize 250,000 LEGO Pieces

SLJ‘s 2016 School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson’s quest for the ultimate LEGO storage solution.

WalkWoke: an iOS app for your student activists (and a media literacy opp)

Your student activists are going to love WalkWoke.The iPhone app allows for the creative of impactful political posters to print, publish or share with meme-style ease.The app was launched in January by Tangelo, a venture studio and an innovation lab with a diverse team–built and founded by immigrant women. Posters were selected for their powerful and empathetic artwork drawn by real […]

10 Ways To Avert the Summer Slide | Tech Tidbits

From fanfiction to QR codes, Phil Goerner offers tips and resources to help librarians working with teens to combat the summer slide.

An Appealing Slice–of Fractions | Touch and Go

Appealing graphics and a series of solid foundational skill-building exercises make this app a winner.

On that video about non-book reading

A few days back I kinda jumped on a social media bandwagon reposting the Jimmy Kimmel video, Can you name a book? I cringed when I watched that video. And I had an icky feeling when I hit the Tweet button. But I did it anyway. Kimmel referred to a Pew survey released in March that explored […]

Slime Science

The goopy substance is all the rage—and a great way to explore polymers during library maker activities.

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Google Science Journal: A lab in your pocket

Sometimes an app truly demonstrates the power of mobile. Google’s Science Journal app transforms your mobile device into a little science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data and record observations from the world around them. Use it to  enhance learning in your classrooms and in the field, and to facilitate the […]

Summer Reading Lists; New Graphic Novel Imprint and More | News Bites

There’s a lot happening in this installment of New Bites, including grant opportunities, awards, a new imprint, an ALA summit, and more.

A big list of options for connecting globally

As one school year closes and we have a little time to breathe and make plans for another. A little while back I began to collect a list of my favorite discoveries for engaging in global connections and participation for my pre-service grad students. Here’s the growing curation and below are a few highlights of […]