July 23, 2014

Are Today’s Kids All Thumbs? Touch Matters. Researchers Bring Tactile Learning into Digital Realm.

SLJ1407-TK_Tiggle-TN

Using our hands is critical to learning, and the rise of digital use by young children potentially limits their opportunities to learn about the world around them through touch. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found that young children have trouble using toys and blocks because of their overuse of touch-screen devices.

Getting Hands on at ISTE’s Digital Age Library Playground | ISTE 2014

ISTEDigitalPlayfeature

For three hours at ISTE’s Digital Age Library Playground, teacher librarians excitedly milled from station to station, absorbing knowledge, connecting with colleagues, and exploring new strategies. At any given time, hundreds of people were not only taking in the presenters’ shared knowledge, but trying out the resources being discussed.

Fight the ‘Zombie Librarians’ | ISTE 2014

LaGarde's opening slide.

Jennifer LaGarde’s sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she’d once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”

ALA Report Confirms Negative Impact of Filtering on Student Learning

SLJ1407-TK-Filtering-TN

“Fencing out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later” concludes that institutions using filtering software in order to receive certain federal funds routinely block more content than required, depriving students of access to information and collaborative tools.

Pleased to Meet You: Web apps for getting to know your students before fall | Cool Tools

SLJ1406w-TK-CT-AdobeVoice

School’s out. But before we know it, we’ll be thinking about next year. To jazz up your blog and revitalize your summertime communication with parents and students, check out these fine tools.

Gaming the Common Core: Many board games align with the standards

SLJ1406-TK-NBT_secretCode-TN

When the library profession gathers in Las Vegas this month for ALA’s annual conference, how can we not consider gaming in libraries? Play-based learning is an effective way to address the learning style changes of the Common Core and other emerging standards.

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

SLJ140601w_FT-Transmedia_TN

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.

Weaving Together Touch and Digital into Early Childhood Play

Tigglyfeature

Experts have found that physical touch and hand movements are important for brain development and learning—crucial aspects to be aware of when creating apps and other digital programs for children.

SisOps: Girl-Friendly Tech Programs

SLJ140501_FT_SisOps-tech-TN

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

Apps for Outdoor Learning | Cool Tools

SLJ140401w_TK_CT_AppOut-TN

With spring in the air, students typically clamor to get outside—and teachers would often like to follow. April is an ideal time of year to explore outdoor learning opportunities, and these apps and sites can lead the way.