DAILY DOT COM - It seems teachers looking for educational technology, product reviews and ratings now have a one stop place to shop.
Already operating in beta, Graphite contains hundreds of reviews for apps, games, videos, websites and digital curricula. It’s all hand-picked by teachers and rated for learning.
For example, the top pick application on Monday, August 26, 2013 was an app called, Faces iMake, which is described as collage-maker teaches symbolism and revs up creativity. While Mystery Math Town received rave reviews for helping student’s problem solve.
Filters make it easy for teachers to find what they need, allowing them to search by subject, grade, or price. Educators can then share the apps, or leave "field notes" on how it worked in their classrooms.
Developers say they want the site to be the online resource in the classrooms this year. They say while 86% of teachers think it's "important" or "absolutely essential" to use digital technology in school, only 19% actually use digital content tools and only 14% use digital curricula.
The digital tool can also be a useful tool for parents. The site was created with the backing of Bill Gates, by a non profit called Common Sense Media.
Clearly proud of the program @billgates tweeted this about the launch: @Graphite is like consumer reports for educators. Join the thousands of #teachers who have already started sharing.
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