“School Library Journal’s” app reviews have moved!
Author William Joyce and his creative partner, Brandon Oldenburg, aren’t exactly the kind of guys who play it by the book. Their wildly successful, Oscar-winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was first a film (“We wanted a calling card to prove we could animate at Moonbot Studios”), then an app, next a […]
Matchbook Digital, known for it’s stunning photographic presentations of animal life, has released its first storybook app. Audrey Sumser reviews it below. Title: Hello to the Moon! Narrated by: Steve Goulding Developed by: Matchbook Digital LLC Platform: iOS, requires 4.0 or later Version: 1.0 Price: $1.99 PreS-Lush artwork in a variety of media provides the […]
In “Tales of Midlandia” author Michael Scotto has created a series of stories about a fictional island and its citizens. The message-driven tales deliver lessons on bullying, the “real treasures in life,” and recycling. We reviewed another app in this series, The Pirate Koostoe, earlier this year. Title: Builda the Re-Bicycler Author: Michael Scotto Published […]
Cindy Wall, the Head of Children’s Services at the Southington Library & Museum in Southington, CT, contributed the following post. It’s my supervisor’s fault. Really. She purchased an iPad, downloaded The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore, and brought the tablet to work. When I saw those Flying Books swirling around the screen, ideas began […]
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, Oceanhouse Media is offering Touch and Go readers apps from the “Smithsonian” series: Triceratops Gets Lost, Woolly Mammoth in Trouble, Polar Bear Horizon, It’s Tyrannosaurus Rex!, and Penguin’s Family. The developers have just launched a new education center on the Oceanhouse Media website, which offers parents, teachers and home-schoolers “discussion questions, classroom […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]