April 23, 2014

Apps for Outdoor Learning | Cool Tools

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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.

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

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The effects of screen time on little ones, the integration of technology with library programming – these are some of the issues now facing the profession. It’s time to break down divisional silos, according to Christopher Harris, and work together to ensure libraries’ effectiveness in serving kids and teens.

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”

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If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you. But hurry, proposals are due by May 2.

New Jersey Librarians Get $116,000 in Makerspace Grants

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Fifteen New Jersey libraries—including public, school, and academic institutions—have received funds from a New Jersey Library Makerspace grant initiative making way for libraries to become a hotbed of community skill building and personal connections.

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

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Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

Cool Ways to Use Google to Inspire Your Students to Create Dynamic Worlds

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Here are some practical applications of how teachers and librarians can use Google’s Maps and Street View to create lesson plans and assignments on virtual tours of the streets of Paris, or map out some Civil War battles.

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

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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.

What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

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Most schools have highly regulated Internet policies that don’t address the productive use of social media by students. It’s time to revisit these rules.

Make the STEM connection | The Next Big Thing

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Put the “science” back in library science and help support STEM learning