Common Sense Graphite™ and KQED MindShift Tip Off “Tech Tool Tourney” -- a “March Madness”-Inspired Match for Best Learning Game

First Ever Bracket-Style Contest Will Identify Teachers’ Favorite Learning Games

Common Sense Media
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Common Sense Graphite™, an online resource for educators that hosts over 2500 reviews of apps, games and websites and KQED MindShift, an educator-focused blog about learning, are launching the first ever "Tech Tool Tourney" on Wednesday, March 16th-- a 32-game bracket-style competition to identify teachers' favorite learning games.

Teachers can vote in a series of five rounds for the best edtech tools in the following categories: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and School Subjects (including English Language Arts, Science and Math.) Voting can be based on a teacher's daily practice or teachers can explore new educational games based on Graphite reviews.

Voting ends at 5 PM Pacific on April 4th. One game will take the "Tech Tool Tourney Champion" title on April 5th at 11 AM Pacific.

"This is the first time we are hosting an all-in-good-fun, smack-down of popular learning games," said Rebecca Randall, vice president of Education Programs for Common Sense Education. "Building a community where teachers share their perspectives is what Graphite's all about and we're thrilled to be teaming up with KQED MindShift to rally an even broader audience of educators."

"We're thrilled to create a fun experience for educators who are passionate about games and learning," said Ki Sung, senior editor of KQED MindShift. "Graphite's outstanding education-minded reviews have helped teachers find valuable game-based learning tools to help motivate all learners, so it's exciting to see those top games face off in the Tech Tool Tourney."

More information on the Common Sense Graphite™ and KQED/Mindshift "Tech Tool Tourney" can be found at

About Common Sense Education:
Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our educational rating platform, Common Sense Graphite™, helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning. Common Sense Education works with more than 300,000 teacher members in nearly 100,000 schools to help ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive in the 21st Century. To see all of Common Sense Media's education resources, visit

For more information about KQED Mind/Shift visit:

Jennifer Kriz, 415-582-6624
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