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Apps for That

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The American Association of School Librarians have released their annual list of recommended apps for the classroom, Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013. Classroom use of mobile devices is on the rise and organizations and educators are working with app designers to develop apps that can be used to support classroom curriculum. This list provides an overview of the apps as well as tips for use.

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Further demonstrating the importance of apps in education and libraries, a session at last month’s American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago was devoted to apps for reference and outreach. The presentation, 40 Great Apps for Mobile Reference and Outreach, as well as the recommended apps can be found online through the Apps for Reference & Outreach website. Presenters Mel Gooch and Richard Le of San Francisco Public Library presented a variety of apps, many free, which can be used by librarians for reference purposes.

Another ALA presentation highlighting the importance of apps and mobile devices, There’s An App for That: The Use of Mobile Devices, Apps and Resources for Health and Sci-Tech Librarians and Their Users, was organized by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS) and the Health Science Interest Group (HSIG). This session featured a panel of speakers including Max Anderson of Rush University, Rebecca Miller of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech, and Emily Hurst Technology Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR). Presentation slides and information on apps and mobile trends discussed can be found online.Presenters discussed trends in the mobile landscape, free apps from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), implementation of a tablet program at a medical school, apps for use in the medical school, and the use of apps to support learning goals and classroom curriculum. Rebecca Miller will speak more about apps and education during the September 2013 SCR CONNECTions webinar.

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