October 20, 2014

SLJ Reviews zSpace, a 3-D Platform for the Classroom

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Educator Jason Sellers reviews zSpace, which enables users to view and manipulate objects in a unique, immersive experience.

Make the STEM connection | The Next Big Thing

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

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

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“The EV3 is one of those toys that transcends consumerism and becomes a pathway into new kinds of hands-on production and learning for kids and adults alike,” writes Chad Sansing in our review of LEGO’s latest version of the popular Mindstorms robotics platform.

Kiera Parrott’s Picks from the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning | ALA 2013

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The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) revealed its inaugural Best Apps for Teaching and Learning list on Jun 30 at the American Library Association annual conference. Head of children’s services at Darien Library, CT, Kiera Parrott highlights some of her favorites from the 25 winning apps that cover a broad range of subjects, inspire curriculum connections, and can be used for classroom instruction and public library programming.

STEM Video Game Challenge Encourages Librarians to Mentor Students

Washington DC high school student Golden Rockefeller (right) was a 2012 STEM Video Game Challenge winner for a game called Electrobob.
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Students are invited to enter the annual National STEM Video Game Challenge, and organizers are hoping school librarians will help mentor and support kids throughout the process.

LEGO Celebrates 15th Year of Mindstorms Robots With New EV3 Platform

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The LEGO Group has unveiled LEGO Mindstorms EV3, a radically redesigned upgrade to its popular robotics platform that’s designed to introduce a new generation of tech-savvy kids to the world of robot building and programming. LEGO announced the new platform earlier this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, timed to the 15th anniversary of the original Mindstorms debut.

Commentary: Dell Needs a Clue. Here’s One.

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The recent ugliness in Copenhagen in which a misogynistic speaker was hired by Dell to address a company summit there hasn’t received much coverage in the general press and that’s too bad.

Cool Links: Highlights from the National Art Education Conference

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School librarian Melissa Techman attended NAEA in New York and gleaned some great art-infused ideas for the classroom and media center

Resource Pick: The Encyclopedia of Life

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Free, online resource the Encyclopedia of Life has been redesigned and vastly expanded to offer 700,000 pages on individual species, up from the 30,000 at EOL’s 2008 launch.