2018 Best Apps and Websites for Teaching and Learning

List recognizes tools of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching

June 28, 2018

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching and Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. The annual lists honor 25 apps and 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. These technology resources are chosen for their ability to foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.

The apps recognized in 2018 are:

  • Clips
  • Complete Fairytale Play Theatre
  • Engaging Congress
  • Google Spotlight Stories
  • Google Translate
  • GooseChase
  • Hopscotch: Make Games
  • Human Anatomy Atlas 2018
  • Incredibox
  • Libby
  • Metaverse – AR Browser,
  • Office Lens
  • PBS KIDS Games
  • PBS KIDS Video
  • Periodic Table
  • Pixie
  • Procreate
  • PuppetMaster
  • Recap
  • RelationShapes
  • Science Journal
  • SDG in Action
  • Seeing AI
  • Signed Stories
  • Swiipe: News That Knows You

The websites honored in 2018 are:

  • AllSides for Schools
  • App Inventor
  • Be Internet Awesome
  • BioInteractive
  • Book Creator
  • BoomWriter
  • Classcraft
  • CoSpaces Edu
  • EarSketch
  • edWeb.net
  • The Global Goals
  • Global Oneness Project
  • Kapwing
  • The Learning Network
  • Loom
  • Metaverse
  • NewseumED
  • Pencil Code
  • Prodigy
  • Recap
  • Science Friday
  • Stanford History Education Group
  • Time.Graphics
  • Tinkercad
  • Typito

Links, descriptions, and websites for both technology lists, as well as previously recognized apps and websites, can be found at ala.org/aasl/best.

School library professionals can nominate their favorite apps and most used websites at ala.org/aasl/best. Nominations for 2019 should be submitted by March 1, 2019; the list of 2019 best apps and websites will be recognized at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.


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