AASL Best 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

AASL’s 25 Best Sites for Teaching and Learning was posted last Fall but I never had a chance to blog about it.  It contains links to a huge variety of resources for both teachers and librarians.  Some of my favorite tools like Jing, Prezi, and the fabulous FREE webinar from Learn Central made the list and a few others that I have heard of before but haven’t had the chance to use with students – like MuseumBox and Storybird.

Here are three that I feel are important for teacher librarians:

Live Binders
Live Binders are a great way for Librarians to quickly share a series of website to share with students or teachers.  You make a binder with websites, images, documents, a PowerPoint and movies.   You can make binders private or public.  If you want to share a private binder you give people an access key.  A new feature is that you can now collaborate on LiveBinders.   I love the idea of a students  creating a PowerPoint or uploading an essay and  then including the sites of where they got their information.  Use the Present button to view your LiveBinder like a PowerPoint.    Here is the link to my sample project I made for a Religion teacher: http://livebinders.com/play/present?id=61731

Creative Commons
I think it is essential to teach students about Creative Commons licensing if we want our students to honor intellectual property.  Giving our students opportunities to be content-creators helps them value the works of artists, photographers, musicians, etc.  Explain to a student when they create something they immediately own the copyright to that creation.  They do not need to have a © to protect their creation.  Students can choose to apply a Creative Commons license to their work if they choose.  Students can choose whether to allow commercial use of their work, allow modifications and require attribution (credit).  Here is an example of a Creative Commons license:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License.  Another aspect of CC is requiring students to find images that have a CC license so they do not violate copyright.  Joyce Valenza has a great wiki with all kinds of resources at:  http://copyrightfriendly.wikispaces.com/

National Science Digital Library
I had the opportunity to attend a workshop given by the NSDL.  What an incredible resource!  The NSDL is the National Science Foundation’s online library of resources and collections for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research.  Think of it as a search engine for all things science.  The NSDL collects resources from various organizations and evaluates them before allowing them to be part of their collection.  Every Librarian and STEM teacher should know about it.  Plus, the NSDL offers workshops, seminars, and presentations to teach you how to use their digital resources.

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