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  • School Library Journal reviews the Kodak Zi8 pocket camcorder
    By Jeffrey Hastings - 12/01/2009
    Digital, flash-based pocket video cameras—the ones with those clever flip-out USB plugs—have come a long way since their debut just three short years ago. The Kodak Zi8 represents the next step forward in that evolution. While rival “HD” cams settle for B-grade 720p video, this one can record full-blown, widescreen, 1080p high-def. More
  • The Buzz: Tools, Trends, and Gizmos
    Kathy Ishizuka - 12/01/2009
    Pocket-sized HD The size of a highlighter pen and weighing less than three ounces? I'll bet it's the world's smallest HD camcorder. The 1.4 x 5-inch PenCam HD by Aiptek fits in the palm of your hand so you're ready to grab all the action in 720p high definition. Featuring a 5-megapixel shooter, the PenCam boasts 4 GB of memory, built-in HDMI, and a 1. More
  • Tech Is all the Talk at NCTE
    Lauren Barack - 11/24/2009
    Educators from around the globe shared methods for tying media and technology into literacy lessons at the 99th annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention held in Philadelphia, PA, November 19–22. More
  • Conferences Are All a Twitter: Live blogging, tweets help spread the joy of events
    By Christopher Harris - 11/01/2009
    Conference season is upon us. But school and library budgets being what they are, funding for travel is scarce these days. But a growing trend toward bringing these events online makes it easier than ever to attend sessions virtually and even join in the rich conversations that make conferences so valuable. More
  • SLJ Reviews the Netbook Toshiba Mini NB205-N230
    By Jeffrey Hastings - 11/01/2009
    Windows 7, Microsoft’s answer to the ill-received Vista operating system, was released on October 22, just days before this review was due. I started using Windows 7 in beta last winter and was impressed by how well it performed on my old Thinkpad T40. Since then, I’ve been eager to see if Windows 7 would perform equally well on a more Spartan device: the typical netbook. More
  • Yes, They Can: Google Lit Trips and games give kids a new perspective on social justice
    By Lauren Barack - 11/01/2009
    Children, especially girls, are finding supporters across the globe—some their own age—who are engaging with virtual education programs, an online game, and books that promote social justice and a better world. “Education seems like a simple thing,” says Greg Mortenson, coauthor of Three Cups of Tea (Viking, 2006) and founder of the nonprofit Pennies for Peace. More
  • The Buzz: Tools, Trends, and Gizmos
    Kathy Ishizuka - 11/01/2009
    Props for the iPod Another day, another stylish gizmo for the Apple line. Portable stand iBend props up an iPhone or iPod Touch for viewing a movie or video. There’s a basic model ($4.99 for two) and three colorful artists’ versions. Increasingly, schools are adopting iPods for the classroom and on a larger scale. More
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All Together Now: A 2.0 Learning Experience

August 23, 2008
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August 18, 2008
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2009 National Book Awards
On the red carpet with nominees in the Young People's Literature category. Photos by Rocco Staino.
SLJ Covers 2009
A bigger and better view of SLJ's covers from 2009
BookExpo America 2009: SLJ's Day of Dialog
School Library Journal held a Day of Dialog in conjunction with the annual BookExpo America on May 28, 2009 at the Brooklyn Public Library. Full story:


SLJ's Pick of the Day

From the December issue

Peace, Locomotion

Peace, Locomotion (unabr.). 2 CDs. 2:07 hrs. Brilliance Audio ( 2009. 2009. ISBN 978-1-4233-9799-1. $39.97.  

Gr 4-6–Lonnie (Lonnie Collins Motion), a 12-year-old African-American boy, and his younger sister, Lili, are in separate foster homes since their parents died in a house fire some years earlier.


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Anita Silvey recently visited the Macmillan Publishing offices in New York City to present a check for $10,400 to Every Child a Reader, the Children's Book Council foundation that supports Children's Book Week and the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan and publisher of Silvey's Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book (2009), offered the donation on behalf of the contributors to the book.

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