Tuesday, March 12, 2013

YouTube Channels Worth Subscribing To

The most recent issue of Library Media Connection compiled a list of YouTube channels you might want to consider subscribing to...

American Library Association: For all things libraries, this channel is a wealth of information.

The American Poet Academy: Features videos of poets and poetry for those that have an appreciation of contemporary poetry.

BookTV: Find out about the latest in nonfiction books - history, biography, politics, current events, the media, and more.  Author interviews, readings, parties, panels, and book festivals from across the country are included.

Discovery Network: Learn more about the world of science, natural history, anthropology, survival, geography, and engineering.

The FDR Library and Museum: Features a vast collection of historical videos, many featuring Franklin D. Roosevelt himself.

HarperTeen: Book trailers and author interviews of popular teen authors and books.  Authors include Melissa Marr, Michael Grant, Veronica Roth, Lauren Oliver, and more.

The Library of Congress: Pretty much all you can imagine, divided into categories such as Music and Concerts, Journeys and Crossings, America at Work, America at Leisure, National Book Festival Highlights, and more.

Nurdrage's: Over 100 videos of science experiments with a description of scientific processes and safety hazards in each experiment.

Penguin Young Readers Books: Features book trailers and author interviews from many of the books published by Penguin including Incarceron, Sky is Everywhere, Ranger's Apprentice, Sarah Dessen, John Green, If I Stay, Alex Rider, Thirteen Reasons Why, Hold Still, Wintergirls, and more.

Poetry Out Loud: Features Poetry Out Loud information and excerpts from winners.

School Library Journal: Everything school library related!

Simon & Schuster: Book trailers and author interviews of Simon & Schuster's top authors including Stephen King, Jennifer Weiner, Paula Deen, Jodi Picoult, and more.

Smithsonian Libraries: Educational content produced by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Art-Related Apps

With the official Musee du Louvre app, discover the incredible Paris museum and its most beautiful artworks yourself.  Browse over 500 images and works of art including Greek sculpture and paintings by Bosch, Titian, Raphael, Holbein, and Granach.  Zoom in for further detail.

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh app offers dramatic readings of his personal letters, a closer look at his early sketches and the evolvement of his work as a young painter to the powerful brushstrokes that became his trademark.  Also tour the Van Gogh Museum Collection.

Bamboo Paper is a notebook app which lets you write, sketch, add handwriting to your photos, and create a library of notebooks.  All you need is a stylus and some creativity!  Organize your notes and sketches by subject and date and then share.

Create your own masterpieces using Draw Free's intuitive and simple interface which includes pencil, brush, crayon, and eraser tools.  Then print or share your creations with others via Twitter or other social media.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

March is Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month during the month of March! The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are all paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

Visit the website to see more on 2013 events and celebrations.

Teens in the Times

The Learning Network of The New York Times has a new feature called "Teens in the Times." Each month, the NYT rounds up all the latest articles and multimedia published on NYTimes.com about young people, so that teachers and students can find a unique collection of youth-related information all in one place.

Take a look here.

Smithsonian's History Explorer

Smithsonian's History Explorer was developed by the National Museum of American History and the Verizon Foundation to offer hundreds of free online K-12 resources for teaching and learning American History.  Lesson plans and activities can be sorted by title, grade level, date, duration and standards.  Video, audio, and image files are also included in the wealth of resources available.

Free SAT Prep

CK-12 is an educational nonprofit with a mission of reducing the cost of high quality educational materials.  INeedAPencil is a CK-12 resource offering free SAT prep and online textbooks.  Choose from 800+ challenging practice exams that simulate the SAT and provide full explanations.  And with a built in score projector, predict how you might score on the real SAT!

Google Art Project

Google Art Project is a unique online art experience in which users can explore a wide range of artwork at brushstroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum, or build their own online "collection" to share.  Currently, 151 museums are now partners in Google Art Project, providing over 30,000 artworks from 40 different countries.

Art forms included in the project are paintings, drawings, sculptures, historic and religious artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, and more.  Expertly narrated videos, audio guides, viewing notes, detailed information, and maps are also provided to enhance the range of content for visitors to enjoy.

Google has now also expanded the project to include Art Talks on Google+. The talks will be held as Google+ Hangouts On Air.  The first talk to be held is with the Museum of Modern Art and the topic is teaching art online.  Check it out!

Friday, March 1, 2013

2013 Google Science Fair Now Accepting Submissions!

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13 - 18 from around the globe.  The Grand Prize includes a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions and $50,000 in scholarship funding! Check out the GSF website for more details on how to enter. 

Helpful Math Apps

With Algebra Touch, students can drag and drop objects, tap to simplify, and draw lines to eliminate identical terms.  Students can also create their own set of problems to work through in the equation editor and have them appear on all of their devices with iCloud.

iFormula provides students the opportunity to effortlessly look up mathematical formulas.  Categories of  forumlas include Algebra, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Electrical, Trigonometry, and Physics.  There are hundreds of formulas to choose from which can also be bookmarked.

Quick Graph is a powerful graphic calculator with an intuitive interface that makes it easy to enter or edit equations and visualize them in mathematical notation.  Graphing results can also be copied, emailed, or saved to that photo library.

The Wolfram Algebra Course Assistant can help students evaluate expressions, simplify fractions and square roots, plot graphs, expand polynomials, factor numeric expressions and more!