CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting nominations for its new Best Apps for Teaching and Learning recognition. Nominations are being solicited for apps that encourage student engagement in learning and reinforce innovative teaching. Apps nominated should also strengthen instruction, critical thinking skills and inquiry. Apps can be nominated via the online form on the AASL website.
“Apps and tablet technology add a tremendous value to educators and students, but today there are thousands of apps available with the list growing daily,” said Melissa Jacobs-Israel, task force chair. “Which apps are paramount? AASL's newly created Best Apps for Curriculum task force will be developing evaluation criteria and assessing apps that encourage student engagement in teaching, learning, critical thinking, inquiry and support AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner and Common Core State Standards.”
The task force will develop a list of top 25 apps that AASL will recognize as being the best of the best for curriculum development. The list will be presented as part of AASL’s programming at the ALA 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago.
The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.