Connect, Create, Collaborate: Favorite Apps

In December, YALSA App of the Week bloggers asked blog readers to nominate their favorite apps for teens of 2012. We then asked readers to vote for their favorites from those nominated. The results are in. With 31% of the vote YALSA’s Teen Book Finder is the winner.
app favorite chart 2012
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App of the Week: Gift Giving Special

In this special edition of YALSA’s App of the Week series, our app reviewers bring you their selections (listed in alphabetical order) of apps that make great gifts for teens. A gift card to the Apple App Store or Google Play might also make a great gift for a teen.

Before reading the suggested gifts in our Gift Giving Special, nominate two of your favorite apps for teens in 2012. You’ll be able to come back and see all of the nominations and place your vote on December 20.


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App of the Week: Haiku Deck

Title: Haiku Deck
Cost: Free
Platform: iPad – requires iOS 5 or later

I discovered Haiku Deck a few weeks ago and immediately it became one of my favorite apps. I use it all the time to create presentations. Now I create most of my presentations on my iPad and not my laptop because Haiku Deck provides features that aren’t available in PowerPoint or Keynote. I bet that not only will you find Haiku Deck useful but, the teens you work with will want to use it too. Why? Because it’s easy to use and makes it possible to quickly add high-quality images to a presentation.

Check out the screencast on Haiku Deck to see how it works. (You can learn more about YALSA’s Teen Read Week, the topic I create a Haiku Deck presentation on, on the Teen Read Week website.)


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