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Sesame Workshop: “How to Reach and Teach Preschoolers with Digital Books”

Sesame Workshop was founded in 1968 as a non-profit educational organization and since then their mission has been “to entertain children and help them learn by using whatever media tools are available: television, computers, and now all manner of digital devices.” Apps and ebooks are their latest venture.

The “Great Battles” Series by Amber Books

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Books on weaponry and warfare are perennial favorites in libraries. If it’s difficult to keep titles such as Ronald J. Drez’s Remember D-Day (National Geographic, 2004) on your library shelves, consider these apps. They offer clear, detailed maps depicting the progress of the invasion and/or battlefield maneuvers. In the apps, maps are are both animated [...]

APPlications: One High School’s Learning Tools

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Daniel Greene is the Library Media Specialist at the U-32 Middle and High School in Montpelier, Vermont. I asked him about the population he works with, and the apps his upper-grade students are using. Here are his comments on some of U-32′s curriculum-related apps. Many of these apps are free. “Serving five small towns in [...]

APPlications: One Jr. High School’s Tools

On Wednesday, we heard from Elisabeth LeBris, the Director of Technology Services in District 38 in Kenilworth, Illinois, about the apps employed by her K-6th grade students. Today Lindsay Cesari, a librarian at the Durgee Junior High Library & Learning Commons in upstate New York, shares information about her school and the free and low-cost production [...]

APPlications: One School’s Learning Tools

I recently asked a few Touch and Go reviewers to tell me a little about their schools, some of the apps they have downloaded, and their experiences with them. I thought I would share their responses with you. If there are products that you find useful and would like to tell us about them, feel [...]

Eileen Christelow’s ‘Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping’

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Children know that where there are monkeys there’s bound to be mischief and Eileen Christelow’s ‘Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping’ app doesn’t disappoint.

National Geographic’s ‘Building Titanic’

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A don’t-miss, free National Geographic app on the building of the Titanic.

Byron Barton’s ‘Planes’

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‘Planes’ is the first Byron Barton title to become an app and it rises to the occasion.

Review: ‘Hattie the Backstage Bat’

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Several reviewers have commented on how popular Auracle’s personalization features are with children. These features allow users to record their own voice reading the story and/or modify it. Modification can be minimal—changing the name of a character, or a few words here and there—or, it can be extensive—rewriting the story using the illustrator’s artwork as [...]

Review: ‘PopOut! The Tale of Benjamin Bunny’

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Beatrix Potter’s stories never grow old; each generation discovers and cherishes them anew. This digital version of The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is guaranteed to charm children, but like many well-designed apps it’s also one that will send them looking for a print edition—to hold and to pore over the pictures. Benjamin Bunny is the [...]