I work in edtech, and definitely know my way around an iPad better than most. This means I field a lot of questions about not just what apps or services might be interesting for the classroom, but also how to find these things and judge whether or not they’re even worth the time.
The ambitious goal of this (free) site is to help educators find new, quality apps and services as rated by their colleagues. Each app on the site has an overview (pictured below) that covers what it is, images and/or videos of it in action, the cost, what system it runs on, a direct link, and even reviews from other educators (each app or service can be rated on Learning Curve, Pedagogical Effectiveness, and Student Engagement). There’s even a section for educators to share how they used the tool. Here’s what one overview page looks like:
And the Reviews tab:
Edshelf is free to join, and though there’s not a huge amount of content present right now (which I promise is actually not a bad thing), it’s definitely worth some time. It’s challenging to find resources about educational technology that were written for and by educators. I strongly recommend a look.
Two final additions:
1) Edshelf is on Tumblr. I discovered their page shortly after writing the first draft of this post.
2) This is not an endorsed post, meaning I was not contacted and received no compensation from edshelf or their partners for writing this.