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About edshelf

Our mission is to make a positive impact in the world by making education more efficient and effective. We strive to enable educators to do what they do best, teach and inspire.

edshelf is a directory of websites, mobile apps, and desktop programs that are rated & reviewed by parents & educators, for parents & educators. We help you find the right educational tools for your specific needs.

A Bit of History

In the winter of 2011, two educators told us how enthusiastically exasperated they were of the growing revolution of education technology. They wanted a simple way to know which tools were most effective for their needs. edshelf is the result of that collaboration. "Go build this please," they said. In 2012, we did. And we have been working with them, and other educators, ever since.

What Motivates Us

We are parents or have friends who are parents that have tried to navigate the world of education technology for our children. With hundreds of thousands of options out there, we blindly waded through pools of tools before surfacing a few pearls. "There has got to be a better way," we told ourselves.

Then one day, a public high school teacher told us about a student who was kicked out of his house, on probation, and told by his parents that he will never amount to anything. This teacher saw this student's potential and encouraged him to work hard and build strong study habits. Two years later, the teacher received this letter from the student:

Well, the time has finally come. I'm applying for college! But truth is, I would have never thought I'd be applying for college at the beginning of sophomore year. Your class was the only one I got an A in and it's when I knew science was my calling. I had all that family BS and was getting kicked out all the time. You always pushed me to my fullest and showed me how sweet the end result of hard work in class feels like. I got my first A of high school in your class and found my calling in life. Coming from where I come from, finding a calling in life isn't easy. I appreciate every thing you've done for me. Thanks again.

Educators can and already do make a difference.

With the right tools, both parents and educators will be more efficient and effective at teaching and inspiring. Let edshelf do the work of helping you find the right tools, while you educate the next generations.

And that is how we are going to make a positive impact on the world.

Our Pledge

edshelf is free to parents & educators. We make money from the merchants listed on this site. Such businesses sometimes stir up questions about the quality of their recommendations and search results, so here is our pledge to you:

  • We will NEVER alter our recommendations based on payments from merchants.
  • We will NEVER alter our search results based on payments from merchants.
  • We will NEVER sell your contact information to merchants.
  • All sponsored links and messages will be clearly marked.

In short, we follow the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." We wouldn't use a service that violates the above pledge, and wouldn't expect you to either. The lack of an unbiased way to find the most effective tools for education is exactly why we started this service.


We support the Sandy Hook Promise initiative.

Sandy Hook Promise, www.sandyhookpromise.org