July 22, 2009 | Education
Verizon Thinkfinity.org Named a Landmark Website for Teaching and Learning
Verizon Thinkfinity.org was recently named to the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) list of Best Websites for Teaching and Learning: Landmark Websites. The Landmark Web sites list honors the top Internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development and is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.
The Landmark Web sites for Teaching and Learning are recognized due to their exemplary histories of authoritative, dynamic content and curricular relevance. Also named to the list is ReadWriteThink, Verizon Thinkfinity's reading and language arts portal.
"The task force worked very hard to target Web sites that supported learner-centered, inquiry based curriculum. In the hands of knowledgeable educators, these innovative and versatile Web 2.0 tools and resources can be used to engage and motivate students in the learning process and to develop 21st century skills," said AASL Best List Task Force Chair, Pam Berger.
All honored sites are free, user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. They also provide a foundation to support AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner.
The Landmark Web sites focus on Content Resources and Lesson Plans, Collaboration and Global Education. Each Landmark site offers tools and resources to make school library media specialists an instructional partner in curriculum design. This distinction is a one-time honor.
"School library media specialists are indispensable leaders in the school community," said AASL President, Ann M. Martin. "These vetted resources are designed to assist with curriculum development that will sustain and increase knowledge and skills growth for the school community."
The American Association of School Librarians is a division of the American Library Association that promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.
Launched in 2007 and representing a multi-million dollar commitment, Thinkfinity.org is the Verizon Foundation's online educational Web site that enhances teacher effectiveness by providing free lesson plans as well as professional development courses. Through partnerships with 11 of the most trusted names in education, Thinkfinity.org is able to offer the best online educational resources for free.
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