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Review: ‘Fragile Earth’ for iOS

In addition to detailing the devastating effects of natural phenomena such as hurricanes and cyclones,the ‘Fragile Earth’ app also offers then-and-now aerial images of areas effected by urbanization, mining, and global warming.

An interactive Edgar Allan Poe collection for iOS

If it’s atmospheric you’re looking for, the ‘iPoe’ app doesn’t disappoint. As the developer promises, “music, illustration and interactivity…invite you to dive into the darkest corner of the human soul.”

Review: “Our Amazing World: Antarctica”

Wayne Lynch’s ‘Our Amazing World: Antarctica’ (Matchbook Digital) is a gorgeous app that highlights the wildlife and natural beauty of the mysterious continent.

The “Great Battles” Series by Amber Books

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

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 […]

National Geographic’s ‘Building Titanic’

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

Review: ‘Britannica Kids: U. S. Presidents’

When you load this app onto your classroom or library iPad make sure you have a copy of  Ann Bausum’s Our Country’s Presidents (National Geographic, 2009), James David Barber’s Presidents (DK, 2009), and other appealing, up-to-date titles about U.S. history on your bookshelves, and chances are your students will be discussing presidents long past November. […]

Barefoot World Atlas

Author NIck Crane describes the ‘The Barefoot World Atlas’ app as a “free-roaming interactive world” where users “create their own journey.”

Review: ‘Treasure Island’

Who can resist of a swashbuckling tale of treasure and treachery? I can’t, and your students won’t be able to either when they see and hear this 1883 classic on the iPad. Our reviewer Joy Davis explains why. Title: Treasure Island Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Developed by: Space Dog Books, Inc. Illustrated by: Matthew Cruickshank […]