August 29, 2014

Test Drive

Life Hacking with IFTTT | screencast tutorial

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IFTTT—“If This Then That”—helps you automate tasks in order to better maintain professional learning networks, resources, and schedules. Learn how to find and create recipes on the Web (ifttt.com) or via the new IFTTT iPhone app in this video guide.

CES 2013 Top Trends for Schools: From adaptive ebooks to crowd-funded technology, products to look out for

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Grumbling about the relevance of CES notwithstanding, several standout products are set to impact K–12 education. SLJ columnist Jeff Hastings taps the highlights, including one overarching trend that’s bound to affect a wide range of devices for all users.

Ebook Toolkit: SLJ Reviews StarWalk Kids

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School Library Journal columnist Jeff Hastings test drives the new Web- and subscription-based ebook collection StarWalk Kids.

SLJ Reviews | Multimedia Storytelling Platform Meograph

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New storytelling application Meograph helps users create uniquely dynamic, interactive projects, incorporating Google Maps and Google Earth to generate a story time line, which can be enhanced with images, video, text, audio, and links for more information. SLJ columnist Jeff Hastings walks us through the platform in his video review.

Ebook toolkit: Storia

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You might want to check out Storia, says SLJ columnist Jeff Hastings. Scholastic’s slick and promising ereader platform is in soft launch, and they’re preparing to go big with it this fall.

SLJ Reviews Casio’s Short-Throw, Lampless Projector

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As anyone who works with digital projectors knows, replacing those metal-halide projection lamps can get way pricey. So Jeff Hastings tried out the alternative, Casio’s lampless model, the XJ-ST155.

Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: An educator weighs the pros and cons

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Which is the better color touch-screen device? Jeff Hastings stages a tablet shoot-out in his video review.

School Library Journal Reviews the Nook Simple Touch and the Kobo eReader Touch

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SLJ’s take on the Nook Simple Touch and the Kobo eReader Touch. The touchscreen ereaders are much simpler, sleeker, and just plain better than their predecessors, writes Jeff Hastings.