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Website reviews educational apps — with teachers in mind

Teachers, Meet Graphite

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Graphite is a free review service for educators.

As the Los Angeles Unified School District prepares to give students and teachers iPads, Graphite wants to help teachers figure out what to download onto those shiny new devices. The website is run by a nonprofit and provides independent reviews of educational applications for tables and smart phones.

It expects to have about 650 app reviews up by the time the new school year starts this fall, according to a story on the online business and technology website GigaOM.

Produced by Common Sense Media, Graphite joins other app review sites on the market like EdShelf and EdSurge.

Graphite sorts apps and other digital tools by grade level from pre-K to 12 and allows user to search for both paid and free downloads.

The site has a "Top Picks" page that features its favorites grouped by category. It touts itself as a place to find the best resource tools and high school websites for creativity and the arts, as well as resources that help build vocabulary.

"Our editors road test every product for learning potential and provide a detailed analysis," Graphite says in its promotional video.

EdShelf publishes user-submitted reviews on ed tech products, according to the article. EdSurge publishes articles and a“community-driven” database on education technology tools.

And that's not a complete list of companies seeking to help teachers navigate the digital marketplace.

What websites do you use to find apps for the classroom? What sort of support would be helpful as L.A. unified rolls out the iPad program? Click on comments below and give us your take.

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