March 1, 2015

Test Drive

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

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.

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.

SLJ Reviews LEGO StoryStarter: Using the classic brick, plus software, to foster narrative skills

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Is there a student on Earth who doesn’t love LEGO? StoryStarter, from LEGO Education, taps into that enthusiasm with a language and literacy product that combines an inviting tub of LEGOs with thoughtful lessons and user-friendly writing and comics software.

SLJ Reviews the AWE Tablet: A fast device, delivering blended content to individual students

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Chad Sansing assesses AWE’s tablet device, with advice on its potential use in the classroom.

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

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With its clean, kid-friendly design and cheery accent colors, the HP Chromebook 11 could fit nicely into K–12 classrooms and libraries, writes Test Drive reviewer Joelle Alcaidinho.

Test Driving 3Doodler, the 3-D Pen | screencast tutorial

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While the device may have some improvements in subsequent iterations, the 3-D pen has potential for use with teens, especially with burgeoning maker programs.

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

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Wouldn’t it be great for kids contemplating a visit to your library to take a video tour before walking in? You can produce this pretty easily with TouchCast, an app for creating video for the iPad, enhanced with linked content: photos, maps, polls, websites, and more. Our screencasts show you how it’s done.

Nexus 7 Versus the iPad: The new tablets strengthen Google’s play for K–12 schools

Nexus 7 Versus the iPad: The new tablets strengthen Google’s play for K–12 schools

Coupled with the much-anticipated Google Play for Education store, the Nexus 7 bolsters Google’s growing claim to the K–12 tablet landscape.

Life Hacking with IFTTT | screencast tutorial

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IFTTT—“If This Then That”—helps you automate tasks in order to better maintain professional learning networks, resources, and schedules. Learn how to find and create recipes on the Web (ifttt.com) or via the new IFTTT iPhone app in this video guide.