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AASL Recommended App: Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

dplaThe American Association of School Librarians (AASL) came out with their 25 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning earlier this year. The apps were chosen because they foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.

The DPLA suite of apps “brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites making them freely available to students and teachers.” What better place to find free, quality content for your students! Looking for more ideas? AASL suggests getting students to develop their own apps. You could even hold a DPLA Hackathon!

The app is available on iOS and Android devices. AASL recommends it for Middle and High School students.

AASL Recommended App: iBiome: Wetland

ibiomeThe American Association of School Librarians (AASL) came out earlier this year with their 25 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning. The apps were chosen because they foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. 

This week we highlight iBiome: Wetland. “This app allows students to explore 3 different wetland habitats (mangrove swamp, saltwater marsh, freshwater marsh) by building bio domes. Within each bio dome students learn about food webs and the interaction between plants and over 50 species of animals. The goal is to build the optimum environment for the survival of both plants and animals.” AASL tells us that students using the app will immediately see how adding species to bio domes will affect an ecosystem.

The app is recommended for upper Elementary (3-6) students. It is available on IOS for $2.99. Check out the cool trailer for the app:

AASL Recommended App: Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery

ripped_apartThe American Association of School Librarians (AASL) came out with their 25 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning for 2015. The apps were chosen because they foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. 

This week we highlight Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery. The Civil War can be a hard subject for many students to engage in. Developed by the Smithsonian, this app “uses an inquiry-based approach to teach students about the Civil War. Users must solve puzzles to unlock clues and add notes to their journal.” The best part: upper elementary-high school students get a great introduction to the resources available through the Smithsonian Institute, while also reinforcing Civil War content.

The app is FREE for iOS devices and recommended for Upper Elementary and Middle School students. Check out the video below to learn more about the Smithsonian photographs that went into the app: