May 6, 2015

A Pourquoi Tale from Liberia: “Dentist Bird” | Touch and Go

A Pourquoi Tale from Liberia: “Dentist Bird” | Touch and Go

Dentist Bird, a West African folktale from Literary Safari, explains how it came to be that plover birds clean crocodiles’ teeth. The developer notes that 100 percent of the purchase price of the app will go to “We-Care Foundation’s efforts to keep children reading and learning amidst the Ebola outbreak.” For iOS and Android.

New from Nosy Crow! Snow White | Touch and Go

New from Nosy Crow! Snow White | Touch and Go

Nosy Crow’s list of fairy tales has scooped up a number of accolades including the prestigious BolognaRagazzi Digital Award in the fiction category. Their latest app features the same quirky storytelling and smart interactivity that has enchanted children since their first production was released.

Theodore Gray’s ‘Molecules’ | Touch and Go

Theodore Gray’s ‘Molecules’  | Touch and Go

Here’s SLJ’s reviewer Paula Willey on ‘Molecules': A new app from Touch Press—home of the exquisitely lit razor-sharp 360-degree image floating on a velvet-black background—is like getting a VIP tour of a fabulous new exhibit at a richly funded museum.”

David Wiesner’s Spot-On App | Touch and Go

David Wiesner’s  Spot-On App  | Touch and Go

Pushing boundaries? That’s nothing new for three-time Caldecott winner David Wiesner, author and illustrator of stunningly original picture books. Lately he’s been busy working on an app for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that offers viewers intriguing imaginary worlds to explore. The title is Spot, and it’s due to release on February 19th. We had a chance to view a demo of the app and talk with Wiesner about the fruition of a story he describes as “long simmering.”

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Computers in Libraries Conference Supports Student Learning

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This year’s Computers in Libraries conference included sessions particularly useful to school librarians, with topics ranging from ebook creation to the flipped classroom.

Global Education Conference: “Apps Galore”

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The Global Education Conference, held around the clock November 12–16, offered a wide range of sessions by and for educators. In particular, “Appls Galore” emphasized a variety of ways to use this technology with young students.

Mary Lee Schneider to Head Follett Corporation

Mary Lee Schneider, president and CEO of the Follett Corporation

Mary Lee Schneider becomes president and chief executive officer of Follett Corporation. Schneider’s appointment has important implications for the elementary and high schools that rely on Follett for their print and digital learning materials.

“Kids Online” Report: Young Children’s Social Networking Habits Harder to Track than Teens’

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A report issued by The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop concluded that though children under 13 are involved in social media, there isn’t enough data on their social networking habits.

Digital Research Technologies Offer More Information, More Distraction for High School Students, According to Pew Report

Digital Research Technologies Offer More Information, More Distraction for High School Students, According to Pew Report

Though a recent report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has found that in general, digital research tools impact students’ work positively, the study also reported that teachers believe that access to technology is also making students much more easily distracted.

SLJ Summit 2012: Chris Lehmann Calls for a “Citizenry Model” for Today’s Schools

SLJ Summit 2012: Chris Lehmann Calls for a “Citizenry Model” for Today’s Schools

Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, isn’t surprised most teens think, “school stinks.” This innovative educator is out to change their opinion.