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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #99: Books for Digital Citizenship

6 year old boy reading "Piano and Laylee Text Message"

Episode Overview-

This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is supported by the International Society for Technology in Education who is the publisher of the Piano & Laylee Learning Adventures series.

Episode #99 features a brief discussion of how digital literacy skills and appropriate technology practices can be ingrained into the habits of young students by introducing them to fictional stories at an early age. The episode also includes an interview and review by a rising second grader who read each of the books.

This episode also features a bumper from Sandy Hanebrink, from http://touchthefuture.us who shares information about the organization which is located in the south eastern part of the United States.

A.T.TIPS in this Episode-

A.T.TIP 286 – Piano and Laylee Learning Adventure Series

  • Piano and Laylee Go Online
  • Piano and Laylee Text Message
  • Piano and Laylee and the Cyberbully
  • Piano and Laylee Help a Copycat Become a Creative Cat
  • Piano and Laylee Learn About Acceptable Use Policies

Paperback Copies

Hardcover Copies

Kindle Editions

Nook Editions

Piano and Laylee Facebook Site

Piano and Laylee Author Wiki with Activities

ISTE Author Podcast interview with Author Carmela Curatola Knowles

Giveaway Information-

Share the Piano and Laylee books in some way and let me know about it by June 27th, 2012 at 11:59pm. I’ll keep a list of all entries. Then, on June 28th, I’ll use a random number generator to select the winner of a complete set of Piano and Laylee books!! Each different way you share counts as one entry, so share as many different ways as you can! Tweets, status updates, e-mail notifications, posters hung on bathroom stalls…whatever! Tell me about your sharing so I know to add your entries to the list!

4 year old girl holding "Piano and Laylee and the Cyberbully" over her eye

Upcoming Presentations


Mission Possible: Proliferating a Culture of Universal Design for Learning with Beth Poss & Chris Bugaj. January 29th & 30th, 2013 at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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This episode features a less than 30 second clip of music from the following artist:

Ralph’s World – Puppy Dog

The 2011 Edublog Awards! Time to Vote!

The 2011 Edublog Award nominations are out! “The Compendium Blog of the A.T.TIPSCAST” has been nominated in the category of “The Best use of Audio/Video/Podcast”. The podcast came in fourth last year! Where will it place this year?!?! We’ll find out on December 14th.

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While you’re there, vote for these deserving resources as well!

Best EdTech/Resource Sharing Blog- SpeechTechie

Best Twitter Hashtag- #slpeeps

Best Educational Use of a Wiki- UDLTechToolkit

Best Webinar Series- VSTELive!

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Even if you don’t vote, take some time to explore all the fantastic nominees.  The reason they are nominated is because these resources have earned the respect of their peers.  These resources have made a lasting impact on people resulting in authentic invigoration, innovation, and inspiration.  One or more of these resources might have the same impact on you!