October 21, 2016

Three Digital Dynamos, Now in the National Spotlight, Tell All

Engaging kids with the latest of tech? It’s all in a day’s work for these PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program winners.

Mobile Device Addiction Explored in Report; Educators as “Mentors” Highlighted

The survey, “Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy and Finding Balance in the Digital Age,” reviews existing studies on adults’ and children’s internet use and provides recommendations for educators.

“Google It” Better With Google Search Education

“Google It” Better With Google Search Education

School librarian Tiffany Whitehead suggests student lesson plans and exercises using Google Search Education.

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

Video in the classroom is a promising, effective tool for student and teacher learning and education. Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tips on how to use digital video resources in the classroom.

Mozilla Promotes ‘Web Competency’ with New Standards

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The Mozilla Foundation’s new Web Literacy Standard is intended to serve as a roadmap for competent Web use and comprising “the skills and competencies people need to read, write, and participate effectively on the Web,” according to Mozilla’s site.

Book App Alliance Aids Discovery of Kids’ Interactive Books

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The Book App Alliance aims to help locate quality book apps amid the tides of Disney, Dora, and Dr. Seuss products. Alliance founders also want to foster best practices.

Learning Together: New Council to Study Latino Families’ Digital Media Use

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The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Street Workshop have created the Aprendiendo Juntos (“Learning Together) Council (AJC) to identify models and practical strategies to improve digital literacy for Hispanic-Latino families. AJC plans to use the findings to influence public and private sector investments in effective programs for the community on a regional and national scale.

ALA Launches Online Hub to Support Tech Literacy


The American Library Association (ALA) this week launched a preview version of Digital Learn, a free online resource for librarians working with digital literacy learners. The new hub, which will be fully available June 30, follows recommendations released this month from ALA’s Digital Literacy Task Force.

LEGO Celebrates 15th Year of Mindstorms Robots With New EV3 Platform


The LEGO Group has unveiled LEGO Mindstorms EV3, a radically redesigned upgrade to its popular robotics platform that’s designed to introduce a new generation of tech-savvy kids to the world of robot building and programming. LEGO announced the new platform earlier this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, timed to the 15th anniversary of the original Mindstorms debut.

School Library Thrives After Ditching Print Collection


Minneapolis’ Benilde-St. Margaret’s school library remains a vital educational space where students still research, investigate and—above all—learn, even after high school principal Sue Skinner donated or re-purposed nearly all the books in its print collection in 2011.