June 24, 2016

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” |Touch and Go

Behind Heuristic Media’s stunning app of “The Tempest” is the actor Ian McKellen, who with his business partner Richard Loncraine, has plans to release an app for each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays.

Library.Link Builds Open Web Visibility for Library Catalogs, Events

Linked data consulting and development company Zepheira is partnering with several vendors and libraries on the Library.Link Network, a project that promises to make relevant information about libraries, library events, and library collections prominent in search engine results. The service aims to address a longstanding problem. The world’s library catalogs contain a wealth of detailed, vetted, and authoritative data about books, movies, music, art—all types of content. But the bulk of library data is stored in MARC records. The bots that major search engines use to scan and index the web generally cannot access those records.

“Moonbeeps” from Moonbot | Touch and Go

Moonbot Studios latest series of apps celebrates old-fashioned play—with a digital twist, of course.

Apps for Nature Lovers | Touch and Go

Viewers will delight in these two immersive, introductory apps from Bright World eBooks offering up-close and panoramic views of watery environments and their denizens.

Small in a Big World | Touch and Go

In an Eric Carle-like world of gentle creatures, a colorful cast of animals help Milli discover what it is that snails do best.

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.