After a long day at work, when the kids are finally asleep, I spend a lot of time searching for the perfect resources to recommend to teachers. I like to keep a current list handy when asked to recommend a website for an upcoming history lesson or an app to correlate with a specific math topic. For this month’s post, I thought I would share a little secret. It is my go-to list of websites and apps that I know I can trust.
Each year, the American Association of School Librarians release a list of the best educational websites and applications that foster teaching and learning. The criteria used to select these websites include “innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration”. It is important to note that websites honored on AASL annual list are free, user-friendly, web-based, and encourage exploration and discovery in learners. Most importantly, all sites are standards based for the 21st Century Learner.
The website is divided into the following categories (I’ve also linked them here for quick access):
- Media Sharing
- Digital Storytelling
- Manage & Organize
- Social Networking & Communication
- Content Resources
- Curriculum Collaboration
Similarly, AASL also releases their list of the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. Again, the committee searches for apps that are standards based and are of “exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning”. The apps are divided into the following categories to ease your search:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
- Organization & Management
- Social Sciences
- Content Creation
I encourage you to bookmark this website and check back periodically. Not only does it have the current year’s list, but also keeps previous winners for your viewing pleasure! Check it out: http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/best/websites