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IU center awarded Library of Congress grant for educational app development

“The Center on Representative Government at Indiana University has been awarded $315,000 by the Library of Congress to create game-based learning activities for students to explore representative government and the challenges it faces. The IU center is one of three organizations selected to receive funding during the next two years to support the development of engaging Web- and mobile-based applications on the subjects of Congress and civic participation, for use in K-12 classrooms.” (via Indiana University)

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App That Aims To Make Books ‘Squeaky Clean’ Draws Ire From Edited Writers

“In a stroke of irony fit for fiction, an effort by two Idaho parents to clean up their daughter’s books has dredged up a fairly messy controversy. Clean Reader — an e-reader app designed to ferret out, and block, profanity in novels and nonfiction — drew significant pushback from some authors amid its recent launch. In the face of that criticism, the folks behind Clean Reader have now backed down, announcing their intentions to stop selling books directly through the e-reading platform.”(via NPR)

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New Census App Helps Users Find Local Statistics on the Go

“The U.S. Census Bureau today released dwellr, a new mobile app that delivers on-the-go access to key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics for thousands of places across the nation. Powered by American Community Survey statistics, dwellr can pull up a list of U.S. locations that matches users’ preferences for such variables as city size, geographic region, job type and income. Users can also learn more about where they are by a simple tap of the screen that reveals educational levels, housing values and commute times.” (via U.S. Census Bureau)

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Simon & Schuster Releases New Interactive Shakespeare App

“Simon & Schuster is thrilled to share that Folger Shakespeare Library and Luminary Digital Media have recently launched an interactive app that will forever change the way people—particularly students and teachers—read, learn, and study Shakespeare in the 21st Century. In the last few years, over 4 million iPads were purchased by school districts in the U.S.; as of today, 2 million are already in use. The Folger Luminary Shakespeare app, which is built on Luminary’s social reading platform, is aimed at those who have introduced iOS mobile devices, like iPads, into the classroom.” (via Digital Book World)

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There’s an App for This: The Constitution

“The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, the Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office (GPO) mark Constitution Day today by launching a new app and web publication that make analysis and interpretation of constitutional case law by Library experts accessible for free to anyone with a computer or mobile device. The new resources, which include analysis of Supreme Court cases through June 26, 2013, will be updated multiple times each year as new court decisions are issued. Legal professionals, teachers, students and anyone researching the constitutional implications of a particular topic can easily locate constitutional amendments, federal and state laws that were held unconstitutional, and tables of recent cases with corresponding topics and constitutional implications.” (via Library of Congress)

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