Thursday, June 30, 2011

yolink Education in AASL's Top 25!

This week the yolink Education website and team received the honor of being recognized as a Best Website for Teaching and Learning 2011 by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)! The AASL is a division of the American Library Association whose mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

In the ALA press release it was stated that the top 25 sites for 2011 were chosen because they were free, web-based sites that encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

"These websites are creative, innovative and fun - and the most important - they support the integration of 21st century skills into the curriculum," explains Pam Berger, committee chair. "Together with the two previous year's winners, educators have an effective, high quality toolbox of Web 2.0 tools to support inquiry learning and the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner."

The announcement was made at the American Library Association's 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans and the yolink team is proud to be a part of such an amazing list.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Oregon COEDTech Day 2011

This April the yolink education team was pleased to participate in the Central Oregon EdTech Regional Education-in-Technology Day (COEDTech Day), which took place in La Pine, Oregon. Approximately 300 educators from across Central Oregon participated in the full-day COEDTech event. The yolink team presented topics in three sessions, two focused on 21st century research skills, and one session was a round table discussion on popular educational web apps. Both the yolink browser add-on and SweetSearch were well received, and the ability to seamlessly share search results with Google Docs was an added bonus as the state of Oregon is moving in the direction of utilizing Google Docs statewide.

COEDTech Day was a wonderful opportunity to not only share yolink and SweetSearch with new users, but to also provide training and support to schools and educators bringing the 21st century research skills to classrooms across the state of Oregon. For those not able to attend COEDTech Day 2011 see a few Flickr highlights.

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