June 28, 2016

U.S. Girls Top Boys in Tech and Engineering, Study Shows

The results of the nation’s first Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) student assessment are in, and here’s what they reveal.

Hopscotch App Introduces Kids to Block Programming | SLJ Review

Spell your name with emoji. Draw a snowflake. Create an Angry Birds game. Download Hopscotch and start coding these and other projects in minutes.

Free Virtual Conference to Help Librarians Teach Data Literacy

The 4T Virtual Conference on “Data Literacy: Creating Data Literate Students” will take place July 14–15 and focus on teaching high school students statistical literacy, data visualization, and how to use data in arguments.

VT School Librarian Previews Google Expeditions App

A field trip to the days of Davy Crockett may sound like something Ms. Frizzle cooked up, but it’s now possible—at least virtually.

Six IL High Schools to Use Library App Created by Local Teen

It all began when a high school librarian had an idea. Add a senior who just happens to be a programming whiz, and the rest is digital history.

Schools Partner with OverDrive to Offer Books 24/7 in June

The digital distribution platform has teamed up with schools in every state and parts of Canada to allow students to access a collection of interactive juvenile fiction and award-winning YA ebooks.

An Open Letter to BOEs Everywhere

School libraries are popping up that are fully, even lavishly, equipped, save for one thing: a certified school librarian. Here, one New Jersey librarian explains why that can never work. Ever.

Presentation Tools Worthy of the Content | Consider the Source

Looking at some of the new software, it’s clear that the grammar of picture books is becoming a design structure that applies to effective presentations.

Three Digital Dynamos, Now in the National Spotlight, Tell All

Engaging kids with the latest of tech? It’s all in a day’s work for these PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program winners.

Audiobooks and the Summer Reading Push | Tech Tidbits

Audiobooks are just what teens need to combat the summer slide. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares the top free resources to offer over the break.