EiE Recognized by AASL for “Best Website for Teaching and Learning”

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Monday, June 29, 2015

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has recognized the Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) website (EiE.org) with a 2015 Best Website for Teaching & Learning Award. AASL made the announcement on Saturday June 27, 2015 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The competitive annual award honors 25 Internet sites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators; ASL members nominate their most-used websites. “This committee is dedicated to finding engaging, educational and interesting sites that can be used by students, librarians, and their peer educators in libraries and classrooms,” said Heather Moorefield-Lang, chair of the selection committee.  “As always, we hope everyone enjoys this year's list.”

The EiE website has a variety of free resources for teachers“The education-focused web design company OHO redesigned the EiE website in 2014, and we’re pleased to see this recognition of  their excellent work,” says EiE director Christine Cunningham. “Our website offers a large suite of helpful tools and resources that educators can use as they respond to changing academic standards that integrate engineering with science instruction. The redesign has really enhanced the user experience.”

EiE is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum of Science, Boston. The award-winning EiE curriculum is used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and has reached more than 8 million students. The EiE project also offers curricula for elementary and middle-school out-of-school time programs, delivers professional development workshops through a national network, and conducts a rigorous program of educational research.

AASL is a division of the ALA that works to promote the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program.  The organization will promote the websites to school library professionals and educators throughout the coming year on their website at www.ala.org/aasl/bestlist. 

The complete list of websites honored by AASL in 2015 includes

  • Media sharing: TouchCast, Tackk, Pear Deck, Apps Bar, Soundtr
  • Digital storytelling: Storyboard That, My Storybook, Booktrack Class
  • Manage and organize: Beyond Pad, Google Classroom, FlipQuiz
  • Social networking and communications: Bookopolis, Answerables, DIY, Beenpod, IFTTT
  • Curriculum collaboration: Gooru, Molecular Workbench, Knowmia, Hstry, Engineering is Elementary
  • Content resources:  What Was There, Code, BioDigital Human, PhET

Engineering is Elementary is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy® at the Museum of Science, Boston.

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