What good is a nifty new device if you don’t know how to use it? What’s the purpose of loading up your new iPad Air with a gazillion apps if you never figure out how to properly use them in the classroom?
What if there was a simpler way to figure out how to use the most popular tech tools in education? That’s the idea behind the new Global Education Database (GEDB) – it’s still in the very early stages but has an aim to be something akin to the ‘Yelp for Education’ thanks to the robust and brilliant education crowd around the globe. Each listing in the GEDB features expert reviews, pros, cons, tips on using each product in the classroom, what the product is good for (flipped classrooms, Common Core, etc.), and more. I’m proud to be one of the folks helping make the ‘Yelp for Education’ dream a reality as it’s something sorely needed in education.
There are a lot of teachers and students alike who want to use education technology but there’s no cohesive way to research cross-platform products that align to a particular goal. In other words, it’s currently far too difficult to find the best tablet, apps, web tools, and even MOOCs that would work well with a flipped classroom. That’s the aim of the GEDB – to fix the discovery process at least a bit.