This tool was designed to help districts and schools select ed-tech products that are based on solid research on learning science. Digital Promise has developed a set of criteria that can be used to determine whether an ed-tech product is grounded in research, which is one, though not the only, important marker of a high-quality product. The organization has awarded 13 ed-tech companies certification. To earn certification, companies must prove that their product meets this threshold: “Research about how people learn is core to the theoretical framework that drives product design and evident throughout the product. The product team shares the research behind the design publicly.”
Educators responsible for ed-tech purchases can explore the website to get more details about the criteria, selection process, and browse the list of certified products. They may also want to check out this article from EdSurge for a great overview of the development of the certification tool. Interested companies, can also apply to be considered for certification through the site. Note there is a fee for companies to apply.
Source Organization: Digital Promise