November 27, 2015

Joyce Valenza’s Picks of the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning


By Joyce Valenza

I am in San Diego for ISTE and I missed the live excitement, but for the fourth year, AASL just announced its Top 25 Websites for Teacher and Learning.

These sites were selected because they foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Sites on the list are aligned to Standards for the 21st Century Learner and organized by category:

Media Sharing

Digital Storytelling

Manage & Organize

Social Networking & Communication

Content Resources

Curriculum Collaboration

Tips following each site description share how classroom teachers and teacher librarians may integrate the site into the instructional program.

This seriously rich list presents a whole bunch of new discoveries for me and I look forward to exploring this summer and incorporating several sites into my high school program and the online grad course I am writing.

Here are just a couple of the Committee’s finds I am eager to explore in the Media Sharing area:


Do more than watch a video: discuss, question, and comment. Vialogues puts the “think and do” into video watching. Vialogues allows you to post a video and then invite participants to answer questions, discuss or just comment. This asynchronous tool can be used for private or public interactions. Tip: Use this tool with media literacy lessons.

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