February 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Grandma’s Great Gourd | Touch and Go

This vibrantly drawn, interactive app features strong female characters and offers a look at another culture (with lots of complementary extras).

The Problem with Student Privacy, and How To Protect It

Strategies for safeguarding student data in schools and libraries, and student privacy in general, in the information age.

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

Boldly Venturing into “Space” with Tinybop | Touch and Go

Space, the most recent addition to Tinybop’s “Explorer’s Library,” was released last month, and like the other titles in the series, exploration is the name of the game.

Snapchatting “The Odyssey”: An Epic Success

A librarian-teacher team figure out how to get a group of reluctant learners excited about a required project on Homer’s epic poem: Snapchat.

A Fiete Fiesta | Touch and Go: Best of Apps and Enhanced Books

New apps from Ahoiii Entertainment, a developer known for its engaging, skill-building apps for young children.

Raising the Curtain on Nosy Crow’s “Fairytale Theater” | Touch and Go

Fans of Nosy Crow apps can now create stories—and fractured fairytales—featuring the developer’s characters.

Top 10 Apps | 2016

Daryl Grabarek, SLJ’s resident app guru, curates a stellar list of the best educational and story apps produced in the past year.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

On the Map | Touch and Go

Injecting game play or interactive quizzes into lessons can help them go down a bit more smoothly. Here are two apps that offer students of geography both “learn” and “play” opportunities.

A Sobering Centennial: The Somme Offensive | Touch and Go

The Battle of the Somme, the devastating, five-month offensive of World War 1, is commemorated in an app marking its centennial.

Amazon “Rapids” App Offers Kids Short Stories

Amazon’s new app for kids ages 7–12 brings them original short stores that unfold in snippets of chat style text on e-readers and cell phones.

To Panama with a Tiger and a Bear | Touch and Go

Two creatures discover that the land of their dreams is not so far away after all.

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.