ALA Annual 2011

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

The #ALA11 preconference held by AASL on Top 25 Web Sites for Teaching and Learning provided very interesting resources, looking at a range of different websites for teaching and learning. It was a great chance to hear from librarians and teachers about what was working in their schools. I came away excited to try some new sites this summer! I was particularly interested in the Media Sharing sites presented by Linda Friel, of Simmons College. Tagxedo helps students arrange words in visual stimulating and interesting ways. It seems similar to Wordle, but more flexible. You can choose a shape to arrange your set of words within. I can see our 3rd graders getting excited creating culminating posters for their African Animal reports in the shape of their animal. I would also be able to embed some lessons on key words as part of this creative exercise. If you’re interested in…

ALA Annual 2011

Getting excited!!

I leave for #ALA11 Thursday afternoon, and the excitement has been building all week. My clothes are laid out, I’ve loaded new books on my iPad, and plans are made. The ALA conference schedule site was a huge help for discovering sessions in my field and adding them to my calendar. The Twitter chat on #ALA11 has been lots of fun, building the excitement. This morning I discovered a fun tool that @jennwann is developing using Google Maps. View #ala11 NOLA in a larger map to see where everything’s going to happen this weekend!