Graphite: Unbiased Reviews of Apps, Websites & More (by educators, for educators)
With the millions of websites and mobile apps out there vying for attention from educators, it’s difficult to know which ones are really educationally sound and worthy of class time. Sure, there are hundreds of sites that “review” apps, but this one is different in many ways.
First, keep in mind that Common Sense Media (the organization behind this site) is a non-profit group with a solid reputation for providing resources for teaching digital citizenship. Second, apps are reviewed by a team of vetted educators and “field notes” are provided by teachers from all over the globe. Third, the reviews are two-fold: a Learning rating and a Teacher rating. The Learning rating is based on solid pedagogy. And finally, the search capabilities are amazing- filter by grade level, subject, resource type, etc.
The site is still young and growing- but I am confident that it will become a major player, if not the industry standard, in educational technology reviews!
BTW- this was probably the greatest “takeaway” for us from ISTE 2013. If you missed it there, take a look at the recording here!