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New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets from LOC

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A couple of years ago, I wrote about the first six Student Discovery Sets published by the Library of Congress. The collection, now at 15 titles, covers so many of the themes studied in our school programs. This week, three new sets launched: Scientific Data: Observing, Recording, and Communicating Information Weather Forecasting The New Deal […]

Wonderful news! The launch of the Open eBooks app for your children in need

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Some wonderful news!  First Lady Michelle Obama’s video below announces a significant new initiative designed to address the challenge of providing children living in low income households with equitable access to digital reading materials. Open eBooks, is a free app, offering thousands of popular and award-winning titles, available without checkout or cost.  It targets all […]

A next chapter: Editions at Play

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In a world where smartphones are transforming into all-purpose devices, not surprisingly, an October 2015 Pew study found a sizable decline in e-book reader ownership. It’s possible that digital may not be the best container for all physical books. And it’s pretty clear that print and e-readers are not the perfect containers for emerging forms […]

Map of Life goes mobile

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This app is going to make travel, field trips, birdwatching and walks in the woods, on the beach and in the park way more fun. One of my very favorite examples of crowd-sourced reference sites has been Yale University’s Map of Life . Using a wide variety of data sources,  the biodiversity project endeavors to provide […]

Free from ALA: Library Technology Reports & more!

Get them while they’re free! As it migrates to a new platform, using the Open Journal Systems software, ALA Publishing is currently offering a generous deal on its archive of Library Technology Reports.  While a staple subscription item in many academic libraries, the series is priced beyond the modest budgets of school and smaller public […]

fdr4freedoms.org: a rich immersion into 20th century history

Letter from Albert Eistein

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world. The […]

LitWeaver: the very model of a new age lit anthology

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Geek confession: I love anthologies.  As a lit major, I delighted in breaking open the Norton volume assigned to each of my courses.    Launched in open beta on February 15 by author Will Weaver, LitWeaver evolves the spirit of the lit anthology, allowing us to easily remix in a very portable way. The free, digital […]

For the birds and too beautiful for us to ignore

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This month, the National Audubon Society released its new website and it will make a bird lover out of just about anyone. The site is a true treasure trove of beauty and resources for formal and informal learning. Its centerpiece, Audobon’s classic Guide to North American Birds, now includes text from Kenn Kaufman and illustrations […]

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

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Give this a try.  Scan any (or all) of the four QR codes on these two images. What you’ll discover is that the codes lead to ABDO books that become instantly readable on your mobile device.  No password needed.  No wait.  No checkout.  No barrier between reader and book. For librarians, ebooks have long represented […]

Epic! presents a gift for educators

This week Epic! offered classroom teachers and school librarians in the U.S. and Canada free, forever, single subscription access to its iPad app, an “ever-growing library of high-quality children’s books from some of the world’s best publishers.” Epic! calls itself the first “All-You-Can-Read” eBook service for kids.  It currently offers thousands of digital titles from […]