June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

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 […]

An Appealing Slice–of Fractions | Touch and Go

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

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 […]

Alto’s Odyssey | Touch and Go

The recently released sequel to the popularAlto’s Adventure will keep viewers intrigued and challenged for long stretches of play.

Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Ocean | Touch and Go

A new entrée in a popular series will delight fans.

Apps for #EarthDay | Touch and Go

A selection of apps highlighting plants, animals, and ecosystems to share with your students as Earth Day approaches.

In Time for Spring: “Bloom” | Touch and Go

A STEM app for young learners that encourages discussion and exploration.

The Astute Miss Fisher Goes Interactive | Touch and Go

This engaging game will intrigue mystery buffs and entertain fans of the “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” television series.

PuppetMaster: An app to inspire animated storytelling

I’ve been exploring the new PuppetMaster app and I am enchanted.  I see serious potential for this free, intuitive, open-ended tool to encourage creativity across a wide range of ages, from pre-school to adult! PuppetMaster allows children to animate anything and to record their action and sound to create movies. It encourages the creation of visual art in any medium and […]

Seeing AI: Leveraging artificial intelligence to better view the world

I’ve been writing about apps for a long time, but they are not of equal importance. Microsoft’s free Seeing AI app may be a game changer for people with visual impairments.  The research project is designed to turn “turn the visual world into an audio experience,” narrating the world for those who cannot see it, in real […]

Trolling An Underwater Ecosystem: Tinybop Inc.’s “Coral Reef” | Touch and Go

The 10th entry in Tinybop Inc.’s “Explorer’s Library” is now available.

News literacy tools: Advice, four sites and a new app (Swiipe)

One of the reasons our students find and use news that is less than credible is that their news habits are less than energetic. Among the ten key trends Pew researchers gathered from among their research reports on social and news media were: Use of mobile devices for news continues to grow. Two-thirds of Americans […]

Artie’s Magic Pencil | Touch and Go

An interactive adventure in which children help the protagonist move through a story while they exercise their fine-motor skills.

Thinking about Google Arts and Culture’s “Is your portrait in a museum?”

You may remember that the Google Arts and Culture App was selected as an AASL Best App for 2017. The app’s new “Is your portrait in a museum?” feature uses facial recognition to connect your own selected selfie to a Google Arts and Culture doppelganger, a look-alike from among its millions of collected portraits. Introduced quietly […]

Fiete Puzzle | Touch and Go

A new app from Ahoiii Entertainment offers children an opportunity to exercise their fine-motor and visual discrimination skills.

Fox and Sheep’s Movie Creator | Touch and Go

With a variety of backgrounds, characters, and special effects to incorporate, Movie Creator will spark creativity and imaginative play.

How To Make Electricity | Touch and Go

Introducing interactive experiments on the iPad that demonstrate principles of electricity.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

I’ve Got Cardboard and a Sphero. Now What?

Bowling, Skee-Ball, ramp parks, and more, Alisha Wilson, SLJ‘s 2017 Maker Hero, provides activity suggestions for Sphero and Ollie in the library.