A good friend of mine, Kirby Salerno, just launched a new business called Classroom Window that aims to democritize the process of evaluating educational textbooks and resources. It's an incredible idea, and I want to help spread the word. Here's how Kirby puts it:
"ClassroomWindow addresses an absolutely critical missing element in education -- understanding what works, and for which kids. Sounds obvious, but it doesn't exist (yet). Our mission is to provide transparency into the effectiveness of educational texts, tools, and resources. It is Yelp + Consumer Reports for education products and services, combining crowd-sourced input from teachers and others on the front-lines of education with expert opinion and student data."
ClassroomWindow is preparing for a private beta later this year. If you or others you know (teachers in particular) would like to have their voices heard on which products work and which don't, please sign up for the beta at www.classroomwindow.com, check them out on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.