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AASL's picks for apps and websites
On Saturday, two hard-working AASL committees presented juried lists of resources.
While I try my best to keep up with this stuff, these two darn committees just filled my summer with new explorations.
I take that back. They’ve actually significantly narrowed the field by pointing to the learning tools most worthy of exploring and integrating next school year, along with standards alignment and tips for use.
AASL’s 2014 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning now in its second year, recognizes apps of exceptional value t
o inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
The committee selected apps in the following categories:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
- Organization & Management
- Social Sciences
- Content Creation
I pulled the apps together as a handy edshelf. (In progress!)
Since 2010, AASL’s 2014 list of Best Websites for Teaching and Learning have been selected to foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
The committee selected websites in the following categories:
- Media Sharing
- Digital Storytelling
- Manage & Organize
- Social Networking & Communication
- Content Resources
- Curriculum Collaboration
Here are the sites displayed on a Pinterest Board
Past Best Websites lists are archived.
Both committees welcome feedback and nominations from AASL members. School librarians can nominate their favorite apps as well as their favorite websites. Nominations considered for recognition at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference must be submitted by March 1, 2015.
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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