by Mark MacAllister
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has honored FieldTripEarth as one of the 21 best websites for learning and curriculum development. These sites, collectively known as Landmark Websites, are considered the "best of the best" by AASL.
Honored sites include:
- Annenberg Media's Learner.Org
- Apple Computer's Learning Interchange
- Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
- Discovery Education
- Field Trip Earth
- Global School
- Google Earth
- Library of Congress
- MIT Open Courseware
- Our Documents
- PBS Teachers
- Read, Write, Think
- Smithsonian Education
[Valuable information on each site, including tips for effective classroom use, is available on the AASL website—please see The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning: Landmark Websites for more information.]
"The task force worked very hard to target websites that support learner-centered, inquiry based curriculum. In the hands of knowledgeable educators, these innovative and versatile Web 2.0 tools and resources can be used to engage and motivate students in the learning process and to develop 21st century skills," said AASL Best List Task Force Chair Pam Berger.
The Landmark Websites for Teaching and Learning are recognized due to their exemplary histories of authoritative, dynamic content and curricular relevance. All are free sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. They also provide a foundation to support AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and its counterpart publication, Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs.
The Landmark Web sites focus on "Content Resources and Lesson Plans," "Collaboration" and "Global Education." Each of these Web sites offers tools and resources to make school library media specialists instructional partners in curriculum design as outlined in the AASL publication Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. This distinction is a one-time honor.
"School library media specialists are indispensable leaders in the school community," said AASL President Ann M. Martin. "These vetted resources are designed to assist with curriculum development that will sustain and increase knowledge and skills growth for the school community."
The American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media 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 media field.
About the author:
Mark MacAllister is the Project Coordinator for Field Trip Earth.
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