December 9, 2016

Hey, I Built a LEGO Wall! Here’s How.

An elementary school librarian quickly assembled an inexpensive LEGO wall with donated LEGO bricks, crowdsourced advice, and good humor.

String Theory: Projects Merging Math, Art, and Making

Recipes for large and small-scale geometric string art projects from Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

Mobile Maker Spaces

Librarians in a Knoxville, TN school district got a grant to build four maker space carts that rotate among schools. Find out what they bought and why.

How To Use Snapchat for Readers’ Advisory

Here’s how one public librarian uses the popular social media app to create booktalks that wow teen and new adult readers.

Latest Discovery Education Digital Resources Tied to Earth Day

The new content, including exclusive undersea footage from Ocean First Education, is designed to dovetail with lessons on the environment and conservation.

Steampunk, SLIME, and Game Design: Lead the Change Fast-Learning Sessions

Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.

Big Cash Prizes for Maker Spaces Up for Grabs

Enter your dream maker space in the Department of Education’s CTE Makeover Challenge. You may just snag the money to make it happen. But hurry; the deadline is April 1.

Design Thinking Maximizes Maker Spaces

Marnie Webb’s keynote to SLJ’s Maker Workshop, a four-week online course, introduced an often-overlooked approach to launching and improving maker spaces.

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.

Search for 2016 Top Young Scientist Is Underway

Students in grades 5–8 can enter a video competition to showcase their own innovation—and win $25,000.