Learning should be fun and e-Resources help make it so! Using interactive tools, exciting graphics and engaging stories, resources such as Animalia, Beanstack, Swopbots and 10Monkeys can help expand your mind and use your screen time wisely!
ANIMALIA is an exciting and engaging interactive computer based literacy resource. It’s the first in the series from The Graeme Base e-Resource Suite. Designed to complement and augment the printed book, Animalia is an interactive digital program which takes the magic of the book into new and exciting areas of learning. The program includes engaging digital read-throughs and leveled activities focusing on literacy and language for children aged 5-12. It’s available on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android as an app/download.
BEANSTACK provides a mobile-first solution for local families to participate in library programs, including summer reading, early literacy initiatives like 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, and book clubs for teens and adults. Gain tools to discover books, log your reading, and earn incentives. The service is unique in its added focus on readers’ advisory, including sending readers personalized recommendations of books at the library based on Nancy Pearl’s Four Doorways. For library staff, Beanstack makes it easy to register patrons, create reading and activity challenges, and produce extensive reports. The entire experience is set apart by it’s mobile-first design, simply customized to match your library’s brand and link directly to your collection.
SWOPBOTS is a platform and puzzle game that teaches coding and computer science. Meet Loop and Switch, a brother and sister stranded on a distant mining planet with only their three robot guardians for company. Solve puzzles, face challenges and learn to code as you help them find a way off the planet and back to Earth. SwopBots helps to develop problem solving skills, learn basic coding and features inbuilt tutorials that can all be used offline.
10MONKEYS offers high quality math learning content in a fun and motivating way. The games and activities are designed specially for children aged 6-10 and early learners. Featuring logical progression and easy navigation, four easily adjustable skill levels and fun jungle, beach, safari and space themes. 10Monkeys Math World is web-based; it works on desktops, laptops, iPads, and Android and Windows tablets.
For more information, or to try these out, pop into your local library and see if they’re available!