Common Sense Graphite, KQED MindShift Partner on Ed Game Bracket Tourney

Common Sense Graphite and KQED MindShift have partnered to launch the "Tech Tool Tourney," a bracket-style competition designed to select teachers' favorite learning games from among 64 entrants.

Launching tomorrow, March 16, the tournament will ask teachers to "vote in a series of five rounds for the best ed tech tools in the following categories: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and School Subjects (including English Language Arts, Science and Math)," according to a news release. "Voting can be based on a teacher's daily practice or teachers can explore new educational games based on Graphite reviews."

"We're thrilled to create a fun experience for educators who are passionate about games and learning," said Ki Sung, senior editor of KQED MindShift, in a prepared statement. "Graphite's outstanding education-minded reviews have helped teachers find valuable game-based learning tools to help motivate all learners, so it's exciting to see those top games face off in the Tech Tool Tourney."

Voting will end April 4 at 5 pm Pacific and a champion will be announced the next morning at 11.

"This is the first time we are hosting an all-in-good-fun, smack-down of popular learning games," said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education, in a prepared statement. "Building a community where teachers share their perspectives is what Graphite's all about and we're thrilled to be teaming up with KQED MindShift to rally an even broader audience of educators."

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