October 25, 2016

New York Libraries To Offer Wi-Fi Hotspots to Needy Students

New York City Schools partners with the city’s three library systems, Google, and Sprint to bring free, year-long Wi-Fi service to households without it.

How to Teach Internet Research Skills

Here’s what librarians need to know to work with—not against—the online information-seeking behavior of youth and achieve the best results.

Copyright: Will We Always Be Behind the Times? | Tech Tidbits

High school teacher librarian and Tech Tidbits columnist Phil Goerner shares some of the resources he used in a recent class on copyright and fair use.

Gale Databases Integrate Google Apps for Education 

Most kids don’t exactly leap to use a reference database. But now Gale is leveraging students’ penchant for Google to quell their common objection that databases are hard to use.

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive


With its clean, kid-friendly design and cheery accent colors, the HP Chromebook 11 could fit nicely into K–12 classrooms and libraries, writes Test Drive reviewer Joelle Alcaidinho.

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.

Nexus 7 Versus the iPad: The new tablets strengthen Google’s play for K–12 schools

Nexus 7 Versus the iPad: The new tablets strengthen Google’s play for K–12 schools

Coupled with the much-anticipated Google Play for Education store, the Nexus 7 bolsters Google’s growing claim to the K–12 tablet landscape.

With Google Play for Education, Google Promises a Hassle-Free Tablet for K-12, challenging the iPad


The iPad has been the tablet of choice for schools, thanks to volume purchasing, volume management, and the vast selection of apps. But that may be about to change. With the recent launch of Google Play for Education, Google is set to challenge the iPad’s dominance.

An Alternative Search Tool for Your Tablet


A new app for the iPad and Android devices uses a highly visual format to provide a different search experience for the tablet user. More than just a pretty interface, Izik—which debuted last month as the top reference app in iTunes—is based on Blekko, the search engine that boasts higher quality results based on human curation.

Successful Gigabit Campaign Brings Blazing Internet Service to Kansas City Libraries


Google’s entry into the Internet provider business in Kansas City, KS, and Kansas City, MO, is moving ahead, thanks to a last-minute rally by community groups earlier this month that will enable about 89 percent of both cities to access the service – including many public libraries and schools.