September 13, 2014

Transmedia and Education: How Transmedia Is Changing the Way We Learn

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SLJ explores how transmedia storytelling, or telling a story across media platforms, has cracked open possibilities for educators to teach and assess, as well as opportunities for students to learn.

SisOps: Girl-Friendly Tech Programs

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New girl-friendly technology initiatives are challenging tech’s boys-only culture.

What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

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Most schools have highly regulated Internet policies that don’t address the productive use of social media by students. It’s time to revisit these rules.

SLJ’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2013

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Flexibility and personalized education: That’s what the learners of 2014 will expect from their libraries. We must be available everywhere, nimbly respond to students’ needs, and allow kids to learn in ways that suit them. It’s an exciting time. Here are the top trends for 2013 and beyond.

Power Tumbl’ng: Why Tumblr Is a Great Way to Reach Teen Patrons

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Tumblr can be a successful way to connect to new and diverse audiences, provided you understand who you’ll be attracting to your site and how to use Tumblr to your advantage. Should libraries and librarians use Tumblr? Teen librarian Robin Brenner says yes, and explains why.

SLJ’s School Ebook Market Directory

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Which ebook provider will best meet your school’s needs and budget? SLJ’s snapshot of 19 ebook vendors outlines the suppliers’ range of offerings, terms of use, and pricing options.

Life with Raspberry Pi: Sparking a School Coding Revolution

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A $25 computer that fits in the palm of your hand, the Raspberry Pi has the potential to challenge the digital divide and make coding in schools as commonplace as textbooks. Computing could truly become about what kids can make rather than what schools can buy. Teacher Chad Sansing explains it all, with resources for digging in and getting started.

Meet the Makers: Can a DIY movement revolutionize how we learn?

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The maker movement, known to past generations as “DIY” (do-it-yourself), encourages collaboration, invention, and radical participation with a single goal: to create new things. This maker ethos is gaining a serious foothold in education, both in practice and at the policy level.