From time to time we come across great edtech (educational technology) resources and we like to share them here with our readers. Anyone interested in or involved with distance learning, online courses, or anything edtech related knows that you can never have too many great tools and resources at your disposal. So we would like to share an excellent website we recently encountered called EdSurge.
EdSurge describes itself as a website “for everyone who wants to support learning through technology. Our team of journalists, educators and technologists believe that candid conversation about the role of technology in education is essential to building great products. We bring together the people who use edtech and the people who build it with the goal of creating great tools for learning.” EdSurge aims to accomplish this by sharing news and analysis of innovations in education technology, reporting on companies and organizations that build edtech, and creating a community of educators and entrepreneurs who are devoted to supporting education and technology in learning.
One of the greatest features of the EdSurge website is the EdTech Index. The EdTech Index is an online “community-driven database of edtech products.” While at first this may sound like one big page of advertising, you will quickly see that it is actually quite a bit more than that. The EdTech Index is more like a portal to a thoughtfully organized and categorized listing of edtech resources including subdivisions for curriculum products, teacher needs, school operations, college resources, and more. Included on this page is also a listing of product reports, which are reports on educational products based on interviews with teachers and administrators. This is an alphabetical report listing of edtech products that you’ve probably already heard of and may be curious to learn more about. Some of these reports include edtech items such as BrainPOP, Khan Academy, and many others.
As you would probably expect, EdSurge is also home to many useful articles on all sorts of edtech topics. You can view EdSurge’s most recent and most popular articles on their homepage. For example the week we wrote this article, there is an interesting article on the EdSurge homepage about how one organization is redefining the substitute teacher, a comparison of Chromebooks and iPads, and an Introduction to Facebook 101. You can also sign up for the EdSurge free weekly newsletter on the homepage as well as many other spots on their site.
Lastly, EdSurge offers Events and Jobs pages for more information at your fingertips. The Events page is a chronological listing of edtech related events from all over, and the Jobs page is a listing of jobs in the edtech industry. While not the main focus of the EdSurge website, the Events and Jobs pages are a nice extra touch.
If you are looking for a great resource for edtech product information that goes beyond surface reviews or simple advertisements, coupled with some interesting edtech related articles, EdSurge is a great site to bookmark!
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