10 Great Apps and Sites for High School

September 13, 2013
Audrey Stokes Product Manager, Education
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, United States
CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, Tools

This Top Pick List Friday, we're taking a look at 10 Great Apps and Websites for High School. Material like the SATs, Shakespeare, and physics have never seemed so exciting! Engage students with multimedia and lots of other bells and whistles with these terrific apps and sites. Have you used any of these in your classroom? We'd love to hear your thoughts. Just sign in to add a field note!






With a history of rave reviews on the business, personal, and home-management fronts, Evernote has moved into the classroom. A cloud-based storage system, it allows teachers and students to access information from multiple devices and locations. Read full review.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor founded iCivics to reverse a decline in civic knowledge and help kids better understand and respect the U.S. government. Sixteen games cover core topics like citizenship, rights, the court system, governance, freedom of speech, and constitutional law. You can sort by topic or time needed for gameplay.  Read full review.

Sketchbook Pro
Sketchbook Pro is a full-featured app with an arsenal of tools for creating digital art, offering tools available in the desktop version with the ease of a sketchbook on an iPad or other tablet. Teens can choose brushes and colors, draw using mirror image, move and rotate and arrange objects, and work with layers. Read full review.

In Codecademy, older kids and teens write computer code. They set their own pace through lessons on every major modern programming language, including PHP, Javascript, Python, Ruby, HTML, and CSS. Read full review.

WordFlex Touch Dictionary
WordFlex Touch Dictionary is a dictionary –- three, actually, including the largest, most exhaustive compilation of words in print –- that kids can explore and interact with visually. Read full review.

This digital library covers English language arts, history, science, math and technology, and social studies. Each text offers audio, video, critical thinking questions, prompts, and lesson plans. The kicker? All of these well-written lesson plans are linked to Common Core standards. Read full review.

Google Art Project
Google Art Project amasses more than 30,000 great works from real-world collections and presents them in virtual galleries. Kids can search art by museum collection or artist and can browse artists and artworks alphabetically or by user-curated collections. Read full review.

Coaster Crafter
Coaster Crafter starts  with a fun narrative about the owner of an amusement park and his daughter, who need help designing better roller coasters. They watch demonstrations of the simulator, which shows design flaws in several coasters. Then, in a series of lessons called Design Challenge, they correctly answer questions, which are clearly expressed with words and images, about relevant physics vocabulary. Read full review.

SAT Vocab - MindSnacks
SAT Vocab - Mindsnacks is a game-based app that helps kids studying for the PSAT or SAT improve vocabulary skills. Game objectives involve matching the word to a synonym; matching definition, image, and antonym; sentence completion; and identifying the word by definition and spelling the word. Read full review.

Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition
Shakespeare in Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition delivers the original play, divided into digestible "bits" with translation, analysis, summaries, and notes. Kids will be able to make sense of the advanced words in Shakespeare's language as they read the text, watch the animation, and hear the professional reading. Read full review.


What are your favorite apps or websites for high school? Sign in to comment below.

"Duke Ellington DNG 313" by US Department of Education. Used under a CC BY 2.0 license.