September 21, 2017

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.

Braille’s New Age

Braille tablets and other new tech may help visually impaired children truly engage in e-learning.

Making, With a Rube Goldberg Twist

Building contraptions inspired by the inventor and cartoonist teaches students about physics, problem-solving, and cause and effect.

Ebooks Can be a Great Choice for Middle Schoolers

A middle-school librarian conducted his own research on ebooks. What he found out now guides his collection development—and may be the answer to the “middle school drop-off” in pleasure reading.

Vlogging, Teens, and Literacy: Engaging Youth

Media and literacy scholar Antero Garcia explains why educators and librarians should be paying attention to vlogs and what it means for today’s teens’ literacy.

Tackk, Twitter, and Teenagers

This Indiana Instructional Technology Specialist and a local high school history teacher teamed up to create a successful new approach to an old classroom project.

“Hatch” Library Maker Space in a Mall Draws DIYers, Students, and Entrepreneurs

No library card is required to use the tools at the Hatch maker space, located near Dunkin’ Donuts in a mall in Watertown, MA, and launched by the Watertown Free Public Library with diverse community funding.

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

We’re not coding in schools so that every kid can get a tech job; we’re doing so to give all kids the chance to understand and interact with the technologies in their lives.

Ready to Learn Coding? Here are resources. Plus: Teaching with Scratch| The Maker Issue

Resources for learning to code online and face to face, from Khan Academy to Black Girls Code; and suggested lesson plans using Scratch.