What is edshelf?

edshelf is a socially curated discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning. You can search and filter for specific tools, create shelves of tools you use for various purposes, rate and review tools you’ve used, and receive a newsletter of tools recommended by other educators.

Here is a general overview:

Who is edshelf’s intended audience?

Anyone who is educating themselves or someone else, such as parents, teachers, professors, instructors, trainers, tutors, coaches, homeschoolers, students, self-motivated learners, etc.

Who is behind edshelf?

edshelf was created and operated by Mike Lee, a father, husband, idealistic realist, and humanistic technologist. He is also a former software engineer and technical manager at Yahoo!, product director at TripIt, and web designer at CBS who likes his t-shirts funny and his coffee black with sugar.

How much does edshelf cost?

edshelf is free to parents & educators. I make money from the merchants listed on this site. The recommendations and search results are NEVER influenced by merchants. A tool’s ratings and rankings are controlled purely by you, our members. The lack of an unbiased way to find the most effective tools for education is exactly why we started this service.

Can I add tools to edshelf?

Yup. You can add a tool directly into edshelf. A temporary profile will be created for the tool with minimal information. Then I or the company who creates the tool will fill in the rest of the profile. In the meantime, you can include the newly added tool in your shelves.

All additions are moderated so I can maintain a high-quality directory. Please give me several days to approve and update the tools you add.

I am a tool developer; how can I add my tools to edshelf?

A new system to allow developers to add tools is currently in the works. Until then, please feel free to contact me to help get listed sooner.

Or, you can have an educator add you to edshelf.

How can I change the information about a tool on edshelf?

Once the new system to allow developers to add tools is completed, this will include the ability to edit tool listings as well. Until that functionality is ready, we would be glad to make revisions on your behalf. Just contact me and let me know what should be changed.

What is a shelf?

A shelf is a group of tools that you can gather together, much like a list of restaurants on Yelp, a list of books on Amazon, or a board of links & images on Pinterest. Members have created thematic shelves around particular tasks, subjects, projects, classrooms, or age groups. Many even have shelves of their favorite tools and tools they want to check out later.

How do I create a shelf?

This video tutorial will show you how to create a shelf:

How do I print a shelf?

This video tutorial will show you how to print a shelf, complete with QR codes for each tool:

What does the term XYZ mean?

Every industry has its own jargon. The field of education technology is no different. That is why we put together The Education Technology Dictionary to help you understand the terminology you may see here.

I see an error, where can I report it?

Oops! Please contact me and I will look into it right away.