Does the growing world of education technology need a Consumer Reports of its own? That question got a bit of attention last fall when two business school professors proposed the idea in a paper for the nonprofit Hamilton Project (at the Brookings Institute).
Well, regardless of how difficult some think it might be to build an independent reviews site for ed tech that actually works, the industry is getting one as of today. On Monday, the nonprofit Common Sense Media said that it was launching Graphite, a free online tool for teachers that evaluates and rates a wide range of learning apps, games, websites and other digital tools.
“We’re trying to get to a place where teachers can not only find what’s good in the world of 100,000 education apps that are on in [Apple’s] App Store or Google Play, but also look at the sea of websites that are out there that are educational,” said Mike Lorion, the nonprofit’s general manager of education.