July 23, 2014

The Future of Computing: The ISE (“eyes”) Have It

Recently thanks to a colleague I’ve been playing around with iPython. iPython is an interactive version of Python that many people are beginning to use to teach Python, to create and run simulations and visualizations, and to just generally have a richer environment within which to work while coding. This investigation led me to Xiki, […]

Creature Feature: Fanciful Characters Drove this Transmedia Story

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In an ambitious foray into transmedia, Razorbill has teamed with the special effects company Framestore to produce The Creature Department (2013). The making of the new novel by Robert Paul Weston, starring a cast of fantastical characters, was a unique collaboration—with Framestore playing an active role in the book’s creation.

Google Play for Education Is Here! Now What Does It Offer?

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Now that the Google Play for Education store is here, is it everything we hoped it would be? In many ways, yes—with education app heavies like Explain Everything and ClassDojo in the mix. But there’s still work to be done to make it more attractive to libraries.

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.

The Difficulty of Giving Up

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It has unquestionably become de rigueur to speak of failing as if it is a goal to be achieved. “Fail early and often” has become a mantra coming from Silicon Valley, where it can be argued that I hail from. And I get it. Really I do. Frankly, it has a message that librarians, who […]

Test Driving Oyster, a “Netflix for Ebooks”

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How good is Oyster, the new ebook subscription service? Linda W. Braun puts the application through its paces in a screencast series showing how to get started with Oyster, how to search titles, and what it all means for libraries.

Kansas City PL to Launch Software Lending Library Pilot

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The Kansas City Public Library, MO (KCPL) developed its new Software Lending Library, a remote desktop system that will enable patrons to “check out” and use software applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel on their home computers or laptops.

Don’t Ignore Terms of Service

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So recently I wanted to post a comment on a web site and as many web sites are doing these days, I was presented with all kinds of options for logging in via a different service that I might already be logged in to. For example:    So let’s break this down. Here are the […]

Power Tools

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OK, I admit it, I’m a hardware geek. I love hardware of virtually any variety — building, climbing, rafting — you name it. I have a thing for tools that just won’t quit. Plus, I’m quite aware of the importance of gear of many types. As I’ve said in the past, there are three things […]

Organize the Web with EduClipper | Test Drive

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Sure, the Web is a key resource for educators, but what’s the best way to share the good stuff you’ve collected with students and teachers and keep it all organized? EduClipper may be an answer.