August 29, 2014

SLJ Reviews the WiFi Smartpen Sky by Livescribe | Test Drive

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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

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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

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

Ebook Toolkit: Rosen Interactive Ebooks

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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

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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

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

Ebook toolkit: Storia

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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.

Ebook toolkit: SLJ Reviews Mackin VIA

Having just reviewed Follett’s suite of ebook-related products last month, it’s been interesting to compare how Mackin is serving up digital content they offer the pre-K–12 market, including the more than 37,000 unlimited, simultaneous access ebooks in its rapidly growing catalog. It’s especially interesting since lots of that content is available from both vendors. And, […]

Ebook toolkit: Mackin VIA

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SLJ’s Jeff Hastings test drives the integrated ebook/database platform Mackin VIA.

Ebook toolkit: SLJ Reviews Follett’s Ereader Suite

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Jeff Hastings considers building a Follett ebook collection now that the company has released apps that let patrons read from among their 132,000 K–12 titles, online or off, on iPads and Android 3.0+ tablets.