May 4, 2016

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.

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds Content for Tweens

Thousands of videos, educational apps, games, and books for kids age 9–12 are now available, including a selection featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, Monument Valley, iCarly, and Star Trek.

Opera Notes: Apps | Touch and Go

“Introducing opera to a child can be daunting,” comments SLJ reviewer Pam Schembri. Two apps from DADA Company give it a try.

Florida Lawmaker Suggests Students Be Allowed to Swap Foreign Language for Coding

As emphasis on STEM grows, many legislatures want to push these classes in K-12 programs, as has been done in New Mexico and Kentucky, among other states.

Get Teens Interested in Digital Preservation

With Digital Preservation Week nearly upon us, here’s how to entice a group that can be slow to embrace the idea—–teens—to pick up the gauntlet.

Tech and the Race to Read: the Case for Early Literacy

A Houston library services specialist finds that the addition of technology motivates learning, helping both students and teachers overcome the challenges of low reading achievement.

Roger Rosen Appointed Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy

The leader of Rosen Publishing assumes key role in advancing the thinking and learning of youth in our digital society.

“Elmo’s World” Revisited | Touch and Go

Devoted fans of television are often willing to watch reruns of their favorite shows, and that goes for young enthusiasts as well as adults. In Elmo’s World and You, Sesame Street remixes some segments from its television show (and related products) to create this app.

My Love/Hate Relationship with 3-D Printers in Libraries

We’ve seen 3-D printers shift from cool niche products to supposed must-haves. But are we achieving the dream or just printing tchotchkes?

SLJ Reviews LEGO WeDo 2.0

The second-gen robotics system teaches STEM concepts to elementary students.