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A Collection of Best-of-the-Year Lists (and a spotlight on one)

While I suspect some of you are quite sick of them, for me a truly fun part of the new year is stopping to look back at the bounty of the past year’s discoveries in the form of best lists. Many of our friends–reviewers, publishers, bloggers, etc.–have been hard at work collecting their picks for […]

Best Websites and Best Apps, my faves and a brief reflection on when it really needs to be an app

Greetings from ALAC18 in New Orleans, friends!  Here’s a partial tech awards update from yesterday The annual lists honor 25 apps and 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. These technology resources are chosen for their ability to foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation […]

AASL Best Apps and Best Websites

On Saturday, AASL committee members announced the 2017 Best Websites and 2017 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. In case you missed those big reveals, no worries!  Actually, worry–big time. You are in for a serious summer rabbit hole adventure. Now in its ninth year, The 2017 Best Websites for Teaching and […]

2015 AASL Best Apps and Best Websites revealed!

Need a little something to do this summer?  There’s plenty for you to explore. You may have missed the actual reveal live yesterday, but please don’t miss the big announcements made by your AASL colleagues at Annual in San Francisco. I was honored to serve on the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee this […]

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2013

AASL Top 25 Websites Committee

Here in Chicago, AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee just released its standards-aligned 2013 list. (Don’t miss AASL’s inaugural, Best Apps For Teaching and Learning list, also just released at ALA!) Sites and tools are selected  because they engage users through innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. Honored websites, tools, and resources will provide exceptional value […]

New from AASL: Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

I am in San Diego for ISTE and I missed the live excitement, but for the fourth year, AASL just announced its Top 25 Websites for Teacher and Learning. These sites were selected because they foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and […]

Great Web Sites for Kids Redesigned

Earlier this week, members of ALSC (ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children) announced the redesign of the Great Web Sites for Kids site via the #alscgws hashtag. For as long as I can remember (actually since 1997) this hard-working committee has been evaluating and compiling its list of  exemplary sites for children from birth […]

9/11 Resources

The members of our incoming freshman class would have been around four on September 11, 2001.  They might not remember what they were doing on that sunny Tuesday morning, a morning that changed most of us in ways I am not sure we yet understand. In two weeks we’ll face the 10th anniversary of that […]

Embedit.in

Every once in a while you discover an app that simply and quietly makes your life just a little easier.  An app that ought to be on your virtual Swiss Army knife of apps.  Aviary, Zamzar, Picnik come easily to mind.  I could gush about them all day long. Recently I added Embedit.in to that […]