SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators harness the power of technology, today released Common Core Explorer, a new search tool that helps educators find the best digital-learning products that are aligned to Common Core State Standards. It's the latest feature within Graphite™, a free resource from Common Sense Media that makes it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their classrooms by providing in-depth reviews and unbiased ratings determined by a rigorous rubric applied by an expert panel of educators and editors.
"Common Sense Media's growing network of educators -- more than 145,000 nationwide -- are using Graphite to create more engaging and interactive ways of learning," said James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media. "Now we've removed the guesswork for teachers who are looking for technology to reimagine their lesson plans and make the successful transition to Common Core."
Common Core Explorer provides teachers with a mechanism for browsing all the Common Core State Standards and for viewing which of the 1,200 edtech products reviewed on Graphite are aligned to each. Intuitive filters make it easy for educators to navigate the standards and identify relevant products for their classrooms and curricular needs. Common Sense Media's expert educators meticulously evaluates each digital-learning product to determine which standards they best support. In addition to finding products mapped to Common Core, teachers can find insights from a growing community of educators who are submitting "Field Notes" that describe how they use them with their students.
Unveiled to educators, advocates, and policymakers during a panel presentation today at the Teaching & Learning 2014 conference in Washington, D.C., the Common Core Explorer tool can be accessed here: http://www.graphite.org/standards/common-core. To see all of Common Sense Media's education resources, visit www.commonsense.org/educators.
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Common Sense Media is a leading independent nonprofit offering the largest, most trusted library of independent, age-based, and educational ratings and reviews for everything kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. The ratings, reviews, and information are unbiased and provided for free to help families and educators make great media and technology choices. For more information, visit www.commonsense.org/educators.