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AASL 2015 Best Websites and Best Apps for Teaching and Learning

The American Association of School Librarians, AASL, recently released their 2015 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning.  Also released are the 2015 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.

The link for the 2015 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning: http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards-guidelines/best-apps/2015

2015 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning: http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards-guidelines/best-websites/2015

Posted in digital literacy

Common Sense Media and Digital Literacy

Common Sense Media, https://www.commonsensemedia.org, rates, educates, and advocates for kids, families, and schools. One of the features of Common Sense Media is the digital literacy program.  The program includes curriculum content, lesson plans and activities for educators.  Educators must register in order to access the curriculum materials.  Registration is free and the curriculum is definitely worth using.  You can view the information here.

Posted in information literacy

Have You Heard About Sweetsearch?

When I ask my students the above question, I get strange looks and responses like who? what? I then explain to them that Sweetsearch is a search engine for students that provides credible, authoritative results on any topic.    Howevever, community college students could use this source as well.

Sweetsearch.com searches only 35,000 web sites that have been evaluated by the Sweetsearch staff.  Thus, students can be assured of receiving reliable, authoritative, credible sources for their topics.

Sweetsearch4Me is especially designed for elementary students. “Only the best sites directed at elementary school students are included, and many of the results on the first page were created exclusively for kids.”

SweetSearch2Day is another feature of Sweetsearch. “It offers a daily curated assortment of the best content on the Web for history, language arts, science, news, culture and other topics. It was developed in consultation with leading educators to help integrate timely topics into daily lessons, and lead students to research and explore the best content online.

Sweetsearch Biographies profiles more than 1000 people and provides students with credible information on well-known people.

Web Guides “provide a road map to exploring hundreds of topics online, with links to the best resources, ordered logically, and woven with narrative, insights, and research strategies. Web Guide categories include dozens of academic subjects, as well as health, technology, careers, and other topics.”

Sweetsearch offers a variety of tools for students and teachers.  Take the time to explore Sweertsearch for yourself.

Posted in education, technology

Cool Tools for Educators

I added a new link to my sidebar. Cool Tools for Schools has links to many web-based applications that educators can use to enhance and improve student learning. The tools are categorized by type, such as presentation, organization, video, research and more. Click on a category and you will see a list of the different tools, a brief description of each tool, and a link for a demonstration. I’d say that is pretty cool! Check it out!