April 24, 2015

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning | Tech Tidbits

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares updates on the creation and establishment of his high school’s first maker space.

“Google It” Better With Google Search Education

“Google It” Better With Google Search Education

School librarian Tiffany Whitehead suggests student lesson plans and exercises using Google Search Education.

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

Video in the classroom is a promising, effective tool for student and teacher learning and education. Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tips on how to use digital video resources in the classroom.

SLJ Reviews LittleBits: These bright, appealing sets encourage tinkerers to explore electronics

SLJ Reviews LittleBits: These bright, appealing sets encourage tinkerers to explore electronics

Imagine if building a flashlight was as easy as stacking blocks, or that you could build a robot with a shoebox, nine-volt battery, and a pile of components small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Enter LittleBits, a modular, à la carte electronics prototyping platform for users of all skill levels

Britannica ImageQuest: One image database to rule them all | Reference Online

Britannica ImageQuest: One image database to rule them all | Reference Online

Britannica’s ImageQuest, a comprehensive, beautifully curated compendium of images, is back and better than ever, with a million new options for kids of all ages.

IPad Games Blend with the Physical World | SLJ Reviews Osmo

IPad Games Blend with the Physical World | SLJ Reviews Osmo

“Osmo is part app and part iPad, with a little physical hackery thrown in,” writes Chad Sansing, who considers the new gaming platform’s potential for the classroom in his review.

SELF-e Comes to Cuyahoga | Self-Publishing and Libraries

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SELF-e is the partnership between Library Journal and Charleston, SC’s BiblioLabs. A BiblioLabs product, Biblioboard, is a platform that seeks to bring (among other things) self-published works into the library ecosystem. I spoke recently with Hallie Rich, Cuyahoga County Public Library’s communications and external relations director, about the library’s pilot project with the platform.

Tennessee School District’s Tech Policy Blocks Students’ Constitutional Rights, ACLU Says

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A Tennessee parent and the ACLU claim that a school district’s tech policy, which students must sign to participate in activities on campus computers, violates free speech and compromises student privacy.

Skype, Now an Everyday Tool in Schools

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Ask teachers and librarians about their experiences with Skype today, and you’ll hear a long list of projects, from the traditional Skype author visit to virtual writing workshops, interviews with scientists in the field, Mystery Skype connections, and more.

SLJ Reviews zSpace, a 3-D Platform for the Classroom

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Educator Jason Sellers reviews zSpace, which enables users to view and manipulate objects in a unique, immersive experience.