There are all kinds of geeky ways teachers can use technology to help their students perform better and learn more. One big problem, however, is that often times instructors either don’t know where to find these tools or just don’t understand how to use them.
That’s exactly where Bill Gates wants to lend a helping hand. The Microsoft co-founder recently made a multi-million dollar investment in Graphite, a partnership between Gates and non-profit Common Sense Media that provides a free resource for teachers to find new apps, games and websites to enrich their classes.
“There’s a lot of amazing work going on, but teachers need more support to understand what’s out there, what works, and how to use it,” Gates wrote in this blog post.
The site offers reviews and ratings on specific apps and programs, with opinions from a community of teachers on what works and what does not.
Gates is pretty keen on using technology and data to improve education for our children. His foundation has dedicated a substantial amount of time and money to improving education already, though the efforts are sometimes controversial.