Category Archives: Tech

AASL Recommended App: STEM: Swift Playgrounds by Apple

This summer, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2017. The apps encourage qualities such as creativity and collaboration, and encourage discovery and curiosity. 

 

Swift Playgrounds by Apple is an app for iPads that makes “learning Swift interactive and fun.” Apple created the programming language Swift, and this app helps students master the basics, no coding experience required! The app also includes challenges that encourage students try more advanced creations.

You could incorporate this app into your classroom or media center by using it during the Hour of Code, Genius Hour, or in your makerspace.

CNET has a review of Swift Playground you can read here, and it sounds like the app can be fun for all ages! And this article from The Verge shares that kids can use their own coding from Swift Playground to “control any number of real-world toys and machines,” including robots and drones! Sounds like fun!

Level: Elementary +
Platform: iOS
Cost: FREE

Learn more and watch how the app works in this video:

AASL Recommended App: Books: Radio Jones And His Robot Dad

This summer, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2017. The apps encourage qualities such as creativity and collaboration, and encourage discovery and curiosity. 

Radio Jones And His Robot Dad “tells the story of a boy called Radio whose Dad is too busy to spend time with him. So, using all his skills as a coder and maker, Radio builds himself a Robot Dad, and together they set off on a wild adventure.”

Check out this review of the app from The Horn Book and watch the trailer below:

Level: Elementary
Platform: iOS
Cost: FREE

Radio Jones And His Robot Dad from Nexus on Vimeo.

Day Seventy Four of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Cabin Camp 3 PRWI

Summer may be winding down, but there is still plenty of fun to be had online!

Have you seen Camp Wonderoplis?? It looks like a really fun way to work on some good STEM skills. It might be fun for your younger patrons to try! And yes, it also might be fun for you – don’t forget to do fun things during your summer adventures!

About Camp Wonderopolis™ 2017

The plans have been drawn up and construction’s underway on the latest edition of Camp Wonderopolis®! Get your hard hats ready because this year’s Camp explores Wonders about construction and city planning. You’ll create your own version of “Wonderocity” as you work your way through the Campgrounds.

Camp enables programs, families, and individuals to customize their experience to their needs while campers explore different tracks of STEM-based exploration. Along the way they will build their vocabulary, background knowledge, and literacy skills.

When you register as a Camper (kids of all ages) or a Counselor (parents, library staff, teachers), you will be able to:

  • Select your own avatar
  • Follow your own path through six tracks of scientific exploration
  • Engage in Wonder lessons and test your learning to earn all 42 new Wonder Cards®
  • See what other Campers are doing and share your own experiences on the Wonder Wall
  • Keep track of your Camp activities on your personal dashboard (Counselor dashboards will track individual and groups of Campers—perfect for parents, libraries, and summer learning programs)
  • Try out fun, hands-on Maker activities with everyday items”

It’s Here: Season Two of Linking Our Libraries Podcast!!

We are SO excited to share with all of our library people our second season of Linking Our Libraries Podcast!

We are continuing to talk about all things libraries in order to help our members and all library folks stay informed about important library topics. Some that we will cover this season include programming, tech training, strategic planning, and customer service. We have been lucky enough to get the perspective and expertise of some fantastic guest hosts (if you are one of those people, THANK YOU for participating!) and hope you enjoy hearing from fellow CMLE members.

Our very first episode of Season Two is available now: Episode 201 Community Engagement!

Tune in to hear about all the great ways that libraries are able to help their communities!

To subscribe to our podcast, download an app (like Pocket CastsiTunes, or Stitcher), subscribe to “Linking Our Libraries” and all episodes will appear on your phone – it’s so easy!
Or, you can stream an episode right now on your computer by going to our streaming page, by clicking here.

Thanks for listening, and we are looking forward to Season Two!

AASL Recommended App: Books: Heuristic Shakespeare – The Tempest

This summer, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2017. The apps encourage qualities such as creativity and collaboration, and encourage discovery and curiosity.

Heuristic Shakespeare: The Tempest is the product of Sir Ian McKellen and Professor Sir Jonathan Bate working together to bring the plays of Shakespeare to life. “Shakespeare wrote his plays to be seen and heard, not read. Heuristic Shakespeare apps put you face to face with his characters at the heart of each play. It makes his language and references easily accessible and helps you understand each play from the inside out.” The app includes in-depth notes on the text, the history of The Tempest, and historical background on Shakespeare.

This review of the app from PC Mag gives an overview of the app as well as a pro/con list.

Level: Middle School
Platform: iOS
Cost: $5.99

Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the app being created here: