MADISON, Wis. (June 23, 2012) – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has recognized StudyBlue as a 2012 Best Website for Teaching and Learning. The awards program honors websites, tools and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The 25 honorees were announced today at the American Library Association (ALA) 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
The Top 25 consists of free, user-friendly, web-based sites that encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. The sites offer tools and resources in media sharing, digital storytelling, managing and organizing, social networking and communication, curriculum collaboration, content resources with lesson plans, and more. Each website is linked to one or more of the four strands of the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner – skills, dispositions in action, responsibilities and self-assessment strategies.
“This recognition from AASL is especially meaningful because it comes from such a highly regarded organization and acknowledges values that we at StudyBlue work to uphold – innovation, creativity and collaboration,” said StudyBlue CEO Becky Splitt. “As the shift towards mobile studying gains momentum, StudyBlue will continue to provide students with efficient, convenient and smart ways to learn.”
StudyBlue is a free mobile study service that helps students learn. Using a Digital Backpack, students store, study, share, compare and ultimately master course material. Working alone or together in an environment designed to meet the needs of digital natives, students create more than one million flashcards each week when school is in session. StudyBlue offers digital flashcards with images an audio, cloud storage for notes, personalized practice quizzes, crowdsourced study guides and more.
“StudyBlue has brought an interactive and fun way to study to our young people,” said Shannon Miller, district teacher librarian and technology specialist at Van Meter Community School in Iowa. “The power of being able to create and share with others also makes StudyBlue such a wonderful choice for our students. StudyBlue is one of my favorite online tools hands down.”
The AASL, which is a division of the ALA, promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the overall education program. The organization’s mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.
“The AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee have reviewed over 100 sites this year to offer our current list that can be used to enhance student learning as well as librarian and peer educator development,” explained Heather Moorefield-Lang, committee chair. “These are strong sites, and the committee hopes users find them useful for library, classroom and personal use. This year, the committee will be recognizing the 100th site. This is quite a milestone!”
Awarded annually, the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning list is based on feedback and nominations from AASL members. For more information and a complete list of award recipients, visit www.ala.org/aasl/bestlist.
StudyBlue delivers the mobile study service that helps students learn the stuff their teachers teach, for free. StudyBlue provides a Digital Backpack for students to store, study, share, compare and ultimately master course material – working alone or together. Flashcards with images and audio, cloud storage for notes, personalized practice quizzes and crowdsourced study guides are among the tools offered. For more information, visit www.studyblue.com.
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