AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Central

Take a whirlwind tour of the newly named Best Apps! Members of the committee will introduce each app and highlight key features. The presenters will also share ideas for using some of the apps in an educational context.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Discover high quality apps to support teaching and learning.
  1. Collaboratively consider strategies for integrating selected apps in the school program and “walk away” with ideas on how featured apps might be used/”applied.”
  1. Learn about the work of the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee and how to contribute to next year’s list.

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


A veteran school librarian, Deb Logan is also the gifted coordinator and the elementary makerspace teacher for Pleasant Local Schools in central Ohio. Logan is the OELMA president and was honored to chair the 2018 American Association of School Librarians Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee.

Mary Morgan RyanMary Morgan Ryan is the Chief Technology, Communications, and Data Services Official for the Northern Suburban Special Education District in Highland Park, Illinois. She is a former elementary school librarian and 2018-2019 president of the Association of Illinois School Library Educators. She is serving as chair of the 2018-2019 AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning Committee.



Joyce ValenzaAfter 25 years of practice as a school librarian, Joyce Valenza joined the faculty of Rutgers University, where she is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the School Library Concentration. Joyce was honored as AASL's Social Media Leadership Luminary in 2017. Joyce writes the NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal, and contributes to several other library and edtech publications. She is active in AASL, ALA, ALISE, and ISTE.

Chris M. YoungChris M. Young is now in his fifth year as the Middle and Upper School Librarian at Metairie Park Country Day School. He is a member of AASL's Best Apps for Teaching & Learning Committee and is currently the chair of the Publicity Committee for the Louisiana Association of School Librarians. He writes about news literacy, news history, and source evaluation on his blog, The Cardigan Papers.



Attendance during the live webinar is complimentary and open to all.

Complimentary access to the webinar archive is reserved for AASL members and subscribers of AASL eCOLLAB. Non-members and non-subscribers may purchase the webinar archive via AASL eCOLLAB. The archive is typically available within 1–3 business days of the live event.

How to Register

Register via Zoom. To join the webinar, use the personalized access link included in your registration confirmation or webinar reminders. (Review ALA’s personal data notification (PDN) before proceeding.)

As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow-up correspondence from AASL specifically related to this webinar (including, but not limited to, instructions for accessing both the live webinar and its archived recording) as well as information about other upcoming AASL eLearning. 

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


A certificate of participation will be provided to attendees of the live webinar by request. To request a certificate of participation after the webinar, please email Jennifer Habley. email icon Certificates will be sent as PDFs via email within one week of the webinar.


Jennifer Habley
AASL Manager, Web Communications