Librarians are technology experts for many communities. Librarians help with smartphone issues, laptops that do not want to connect to public wifi, navigating websites and creating email addresses, all in addition to showing the public how to use the catalog, public computers, the Wisconsin Digital Library website, apps, and more. The public also relies on librarians for app and website recommendations for their families.
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. This annual list is an excellent resource to aid librarians in matching a library user to an app that fits their need.
Apps and websites included on the list allow users to create live action video, animation, virtual reality, game, apps, art and music. Others guide users to age appropriate video, math exercises, activities to build digital and global citizenship skills, and more.
Additional Resources for Exploring Recommended Apps
- Carissa’s App Picks for Kids, Madison Public Library
- Best Apps for Kids, Common Sense Media
- Free Apps for Kids, Common Sense Media
- Parental Guide to Mobile Apps, Internet Crimes Against Children
Internet Safety, NetSmartz
-Submitted by Anne Hamland