Find The Best Apps For Your Classroom with @edshelf

As many of you know I meet with my teachers once a week for Cyber Mondays to share several different Web 2.0 tools to use in the classroom. I find these tools in several different ways such as Twitter, Blogs, and Diigo. This can be a struggle sometimes to try and find the best tools that will work in each individual’s classroom. Edshelf has solved this problem by building a platform in which teachers can find the best tools for their classroom! Let’s take a look at Edshelf.

When you navigate to Edshelf’s website (http://www.edshelf.com) you are presented with a clean interface showcasing several different applications.

The strength in this online tool is the ability to narrow down exactly what you are looking for.

You can browse applications by grade level:

Browse by subject:

Browse by Category:

Not everyone has access to the same devices. Edshelf makes it easy for you to also browse by platform including software that does or does not use flash which is great for IOS users:

and finally, by price:

As you are browsing through edshelf there are several different ways to find if the app is a quality app. You will find ratings based on other teachers/instructors recommendations and reviews. This not only gives you a review but also gives you a real world teacher who is using the program for you to get feedback from directly. The different rating systems are based on Learning curve, Pedagogical effectiveness and student engagement. This is an excellent way to see what other educators think of the application.

If you are wondering what people are saying about the application or you would like to reach out to people reguarding the application there is also a “On Twitter” button where you can see what people are saying online:

 

I encourage you to take a look at edshelf to find some great tools to utilize in your classroom!

 

Thanks

TJ

TJ Houston

TJ Houston is the Director of Technology at Shelby City Schools and New London Local Schools for Epiphany Management. TJ leads professional development in all areas of technology and loves developing ways to make teachers, students, and staff's lives easier with the use of technology. TJ also loves photography and his portfolio can be found at http://www.tjshots.com. All of the views on this site are his own.