23 top-rated websites for teachers and librarians
- Published: Friday, 16 March 2018 12:21
AASL's list of best websites is unveiled during TCEA 2018
Do you want to create a game to help students learn a new concept? Are you looking for free pictures and videos for students to use in digital presentations? You’re in luck: Websites for educational game creation, copyright-free images and videos, and video-based quizzes are among the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) top websites for teaching and learning.
During a packed 400-person session at TCEA, Shannon McClintock Miller, a consultant and former district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa, presented the list of 23 sites. The sites offer resources for media sharing, digital storytelling, social networking, management and organization, content resources, and curriculum collaboration.
To make it on AASL’s list, Miller said, a website has to have an education component, must be for K-12 use, and has to offer a free version.
The list is organized by category.
1. Elink.io offers a way to curate and share links in a newsletter or list. Users choose a template, add links, and share as a webpage, newsletter, or embed in a website. Miller said the site is appropriate for grades 6-12; teachers can use it to gather links on digital makerspaces for students before they visit the school library, for example. Teachers also might use it to share links in a newsletter to peer educators.
2. Screencast-o-matic helps users create how-to or flipped lesson videos for libraries or classrooms, and it is free for up to 15 minutes of recording time.
3. My Simpleshow is a great resource for tough-to-describe concepts in math and science, Miller said. Teachers and students can create explanatory videos by writing a short script, choosing images or animations, and letting the site take it from there.