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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 year. Over the course of the year we tested AASL_BestApp 2015hundreds of contenders and selected a list of 25 apps “best of the best” for the Committee’s third list.

Our committee vetted apps in five categories connected to AASL’s learning standards and in support of our instructional roles relating to inquiry-based teaching and learning.  The Committee recognized free and cost effective apps that foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Here are those fabulous apps with tips for their use in your schools and libraries:

The 2014/2015 Best Apps Committee was chaired by its founder Melissa Jacobs and included: Jennifer Helfrich, Joquetta Johnson, Melissa Johnston, Catharine Potter, Kathleen Roberts, Mary Ann Scheuer, John Schumacher, Laura Warren-Gross and me.

Immediately following that appy announcement yesterday, our sister committee announced the selections for AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.AASL_Best T&L 15

The 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning are free, Web-based sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.  They are similarly aligned to our Standards and connected to our inquiry-based instructional goals.

The 2014/2015 Best Websites Committee was chaired by Heather Moorefield-Lang and included:  Carla Bosco, Elizabeth Dumas, Lucy Green, Susan Hess, Jessica Hinman, Mary Johnson, Jane Lofton, Shannon Miller, Catherine Nelson, and Laura Sheneman

Nominations for Best Apps and Nominations for Best Websites for recognition at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference must be submitted by March 1, 2016.



Joyce Valenza 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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