November 28, 2015

Jeff Hastings

About Jeff Hastings

Jeff Hastings ( is a library media specialist at Highlander Way Middle School in Howell, MI.

Is This It for the Nook?: While its future is unclear, the Nook is an ideal ereader for schools

Nook HD

While the future of Barnes & Noble’s hardware division is still playing out, the Nook line of ereaders boasts a quality user experience and library-loan friendly features. Jeff Hastings provides a rundown of the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight and the Nook HD tablet in his video review.

SLJ Reviews Information Literacy Courseware ResearchReady


What is ResearchReady? The new information literacy courseware is “just about everything we try and teach condensed into a single convenient, Web-based and tablet-friendly can,” according to SLJ columnist Jeff Hastings.

SLJ Reviews Gobstopper and Subtext: Apps that Enable Interactive Classroom Reading


The ability for teachers and students to embed their own content into digital texts, write notes, and get feedback on student reading—classroom reading just got a lot more dynamic. SLJ columnist Jeff Hastings test driives Gobstopper and Subtext.

SLJ Reviews the WiFi Smartpen Sky by Livescribe | Test Drive


Beyond the bells and whistles, “where the Sky smartpen really shines—like the Echo and Pulse models before it—is its capacity to record and post audio-enhanced notes called “pencasts,” writes School Library Journal gadget columnist Jeff Hastings.

CES 2013 Top Trends for Schools: From adaptive ebooks to crowd-funded technology, products to look out for


Grumbling about the relevance of CES notwithstanding, several standout products are set to impact K–12 education. SLJ columnist Jeff Hastings taps the highlights, including one overarching trend that’s bound to affect a wide range of devices for all users.

Ebook Toolkit: SLJ Reviews StarWalk Kids


School Library Journal columnist Jeff Hastings test drives the new Web- and subscription-based ebook collection StarWalk Kids.

Ebook Toolkit: Rosen Interactive Ebooks

Rosen Interactive Ebooks: Under the Sea: Jellyfish

Screenshot from Rosen Interactive Ebooks. Rosen Digital has introduced a free, interactive ebook platform that customers can populate, à la carte, with unlimited, simultaneous access licensed, nonfiction titles for $34.95 each or $209.70 for a set of six.Sixty titles are currently available and an additional 60 will be released in January 2013. The ebooks feature […]

SLJ Reviews | Multimedia Storytelling Platform Meograph


New storytelling application Meograph helps users create uniquely dynamic, interactive projects, incorporating Google Maps and Google Earth to generate a story time line, which can be enhanced with images, video, text, audio, and links for more information. SLJ columnist Jeff Hastings walks us through the platform in his video review.

Make-your-own-ebooks platform: Aerbook Maker


SLJ columnist Jeff Hastings test drives Aerbook Maker, a new platform for creating your very own tablet-ready graphical ebooks.

Ebook toolkit: Storia


You might want to check out Storia, says SLJ columnist Jeff Hastings. Scholastic’s slick and promising ereader platform is in soft launch, and they’re preparing to go big with it this fall.