AASL announces 2015 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

For Immediate Release
Sat, 06/27/2015


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)



CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2015 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The list of 25 apps provides technology resources for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its third year, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

The selection committee developed evaluation criteria for vetting apps in five distinct categories connected to pedagogy – books; science technology engineering and math (STEM); organization and management; social sciences; and content creation. Chosen for their embodiment of AASL’s learning standards and support of the school librarian’s role in implementing career and college readiness standards, the apps honored in 2015 include:

  • Books:
    David Wiesner's Spot, Incredible Numbers, Loose Strands, Seamus Heaney: Five Fables, The UnStealer
  • Content Creation:
    Adobe Voice, Buncee for Edu, Glogster, LEGO Movie Maker, Pixel Press Floors
  • Organization and Management:
    Kahoot, Remind, Seesaw, Skitch, Spider Scribe Jr.
  • Social Sciences:
    Amazing World Atlas, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery, Think Like Churchill, Touch Van Gogh
  • STEM:
    Algodoo, iBiome-Wetland, Motion Math: Educator Suite, My Incredible Body, WWF Together

Descriptions and tips for the 2015 Best Apps can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/bestapps.

“The AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning committee has spent the last four years developing criteria for evaluating apps that help librarians, teachers, parents, and students navigate the mobile world,” said Melissa Jacobs, chair. “With an annual selection of 25 of the year’s finest educational apps, the committee has explored hundreds to find the most innovative, engaging, user-friendly and cost-effective that connects to K-12 curricula, align to Common Core State Standards and the AASL ‘Standards for the 21st Century Learner.’”

“One of the most exciting and anticipated events at Annual Conference is the announcement of the Best Apps recipients,” said Terri Grief, AASL president. “School librarians definitely use this resource, but parents and teachers also benefit from it and find just the right app for their children and students.”

The apps recognized as Best Apps for Teaching & Learning are of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in AASL's “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.”  Recognized apps foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

The Best Apps for Teaching and Learning list is based on feedback and nominations from AASL members, content teachers, students, and developers.  Nominations can be submitted at www.ala.org/aasl/bestapps. Nominations to be considered for recognition at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference must be submitted by March 1, 2016.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.