Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Reviews for websites, apps, movies and more for parents and educators

Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit devoted to providing trustworthy information on traditional and digital media, provides reviews of movies, games, apps and websites (including those specifically for learning) so that parents (or any consumer, for that matter!) can make informed decisions on what their children/families are using and watching. A recent review, for example, is for the new Pixar hit Monsters University. As you plan your visit(s) to your local theater for the latest blockbuster or download apps for your bored child(ren), be sure to visit Common Sense Media first.

For educators (but also helpful to parents), check out the recently launched Graphite, which reviews and rates digital products, including apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for K–12. Graphite’s editorial team evaluates each product using a rating system “developed by a team of experts in education and child development,” according to a press release. Users of the site can search concurrently by product type (apps, console and PC games, websites); subject (language and reading, math, science, social studies, art, and hobbies); grade level (Pre-K to 12); and price (free, free to try, or paid). Products can also be mapped to the Common Core and other standards.

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~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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