August 25, 2016

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

ISTE Lauds Two School Librarians as Tech Trailblazers

Diana Rendina and Shannon McClintock Miller were presented with the Award for Outstanding Young Educator and Making it Happen Award, respectively, in Denver.

Turn STEM into STEAM: Storytelling with ScratchJr

ScratchJr is designed for younger learners and hardwired for telling stories. Tips for integrating ScratchJr and coding with storytelling, from library media specialist Addie Matteson.

SLJ Reviews Sphero’s New Robot, SPRK+

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An upgrade of the popular robotic sphere, SPRK+ sports a tougher, transparent shell and other features, all toward making STEAM learning fun.

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.