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What’s Izik? Introducing a swipier, slashier search

I’ve been searching for a search tool that makes me want to search on my iPad. I think I’ve found one that will work for me and for my students. Specially for tablets, Izik by Blekko is a new, free search app for iPad and android. Results are organized by contextual categories in an image-rich […]

APPitic: a learning app directory

I just discovered APPitic, a super cool directory of more than 1300 apps for education, selected by a team of four Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs), who tested the apps with a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings. I love the way this is organized. Browse for relevant learning apps using pull-down […]

Children’s book apps: 2 review tools

I rely on professional journals to help me decide which books to buy.  But the book app market is an emerging new frontier for libraries.  As many of move our collections into interactive media-rich ereader/ebook/app book mode, where do we turn for advice?  And how do we select or help parents and teachers select the […]

ICDL goes mobile

I just discovered that one of my very favorite booky destinations is now available as an app. The International Children’s Digital Library, a beautiful, multilingual portal, offering a large collection of free children’s books from around the world, can now be viewed on your iPad and on your iPhone, as well. The largest collection of […]

Thanks, Gale. And I want more of these.

Thanks to a Cathy Oxley’s post on our TL Diigo group, I just discovered Gale Cengage’s new YouTube video promoting AccessMyLibrary School Edition. Here’s why this matters. It matters because the market for this little video is not librarians. The market is kids.  The story is why kids need reliable information and how easy it […]

Kindle for the Web (Beta)

Kindle for the Web Beta launched today.  The new feature allows folks to sample first chapters of Kindle books on web browsers, preferably Firefox 3.6, Safari 5, or Chrome 5. To sample titles: click the “Read first chapter FREE” button while shopping for selected books at to view the sample in your browser window. […]

Stephanie love Pages

When a student volunteer volunteers to write and share a review of her favorite piece of software, you gotta pay attention.   This week, Stephanie shared with me her love of Pages for the iPad.  And she wants to share that love: With the 2010-2011 school year now in session, the biggest problem facing students is […]

Touring: Museum and tour apps and what they may mean for learners

This morning my husband and I visited the Late Renoir exhibit at our Philadelphia Museum of Art.  While enjoying the audio tour led by two distinguished curators, I wondered if the museum also had an app for that. I wondered, if beyond those temporary exhibits we regularly tour, if our museum offered tours of the […]

Library of Congress Virtual Tour App

The Library of Congress, recently launched a virtual tour app, mirroring its fabulous Library of Congress Experience, an award-winning group of exhibitions and features that has drawn record numbers of visitors. I had the privilege of visiting the interactive exhibit live earlier this summer as a member of the TPS Mentor program cohort.  Granted, it’s […]