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ISTE Announces New Platform to Help Educators Share Reviews of Tech Tools with Confidence

June 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. — The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is launching a new community-driven review platform that gives educators insight into which tools, technology and apps will best meet their learning objectives. ISTE Edtech Advisor, available free to all ISTE members, will allow educators to confidently find and share information about the tech tools they use, discover new tools and apps, and access reviews, ratings and input from a trusted community of tech-savvy educators.

Educators count on peer feedback when selecting edtech tools, but it can be difficult to secure reliable recommendations. Edtech Advisor, powered by LearnPlatform, with a database of over 5,000 tools, allows ISTE members to access detailed reviews and feedback from peers. The Edtech Advisor provides data-driven insights to help determine a product’s potential to transform learning and identifies contexts where the tool has been most successful.

Currently, educators have limited tools to support decision-making on edtech tools, apps and resources. Existing reviews do not take into consideration the context of the use (type of learning environments, whether the tech is being used by students or a teacher, whether it’s being used for instruction or assessment, etc.).

Edtech Advisor provides ISTE members with:

  • A single location to share and learn about product experiences with other educators.
  • A platform that supports informed decision-making on new products and apps.
  • Real classroom/teacher experiences that provide a more complete picture of a product’s potential.
  • Data points for discussing an app’s effectiveness with peers.
  • An easy-to-use platform with information on thousands of edtech tools.

ISTE members who participated in the Edtech Advisor pilot highlighted the value of this new approach. “I trust the ISTE community, so it’s nice to be able to see what products they use when I want to improve how I teach a particular topic,” said Karen Polstra, computer science teacher and ISTE member.

“Choosing the right tools and apps to use in the classroom is far too important of a decision to be made without accurate, trustworthy data that takes into consideration the context and circumstances in which the tool will be used,” said Richard C