Today I’m writing on behalf of the Great Websites for Kids Committee.
- App Inventor – http://www.appinventor.org
- Cyberchase – http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/
- Duolingo – https://www.duolingo.com/
- Code.org – http://code.org
- My Garbology – http://www.naturebridge.org/garbology.php
- Scratch – http://scratch.mit.edu/
- U.S. EPA’s RadTown USA – http://www.epa.gov/radtown/index.html
The committee works very hard to find and evaluate new sites, and ensure that previously chosen sites maintain their “great” status. If you’re unfamiliar with the site or the committee, here is a short primer from the press release:
“Great Websites for Kids (GWS) features links to high-quality websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings from cultures of the world to games & entertainment to weather & environment, and many more. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and a grade-level rating. Users can also rate sites, save favorites for easy access, and share sites via social media and email.
Members of the ALSC GWS Committee review potential sites for inclusion and vote on the sites to be included. They also regularly check the entire database of great sites to ensure currency, and re-evaluate sites when necessary.”
As the new year begins, the Great Websites for Kids Committe would like to enlist your help. If you see a site that you believe should be evaluated for inclusion on GWS, please submit your suggestion by following this link: http://gws.ala.org/suggest-site. Similarly, if you find broken links, etc., please alert us to that as well. Finally, let us know how you’re using GWS. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Best wishes for a great new year!
GWS RosterKatherine Opal Scherrer (REFORMA Representative, February 1, 2013, to January 31, 2015) Ms. Lara Anne Crews (Co-Chair, February 1, 2014, to January 31, 2015) Ms. Kimberly Probert Grad (Co-Chair, February 1, 2014, to January 31, 2015) Paige Bentley-Flannery (Member, February 1, 2013, to January 31, 2015) Krishna Grady (Member, February 1, 2014, to January 31, 2016) Joanne Kelleher (Member, February 1, 2014, to January 31, 2016) Mr. Ted McCoy (Member, February 1, 2013, to January 31, 2015) Ms. Alia Shields (Member, February 1, 2014, to January 31, 2016) Lisa Taylor (Member, February 1, 2013, to January 31, 2015) Gaye Hinchliff (Consultant, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015) Laura Schulte-Cooper (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2015)