11 Common Core-Mapped EdTech Tools Teachers Love

April 16, 2014
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Professional Development, Tools

In March, we launched a new discovery tool called Common Core Explorer. Common Core Explorer provides intuitive filters for teachers to use to quickly surface apps, games, and webites that support teaching specific standards. Also in March, we invited educators to write Field Notes about apps, games, and webites that support teaching specific Common Core State standards. 

In this roundup, we highlight Field Notes that provide great insights for teachers who are looking to leverage technology as they make the transition to Common Core. See how your colleagues around the country are using these products to enhance student learning and innovate lessons. 

Bluster! This app is a great tool for students to enhance and improve vocabulary and other language arts skills like synonyms, word order, or antonyms. Additionally, it allows students to become familiar with words they may not have been familiar with previously. Read more.
Jamie S.
Duquesne, PA


Desmos My opinion about Desmos is that it is a great tool for students to work with while graphing. It provides a great way for the students to see that even if an equation is given to them in different forms, it can be the same line. Read more.
Stephanie C.
Brentwood, TN


IXL The organization of this site makes it the perfect place for students to practice math skills. Even without a paid subscription, teachers can direct students to the topics and skills that correspond to what's being covered in the classroom. Read more.
Rae Ann Smith
Landisville, PA


Math Open Reference This website has an excellent section dedicated to geometric constructions. The number of constructions is just as impressive as the quality found in each one. You can find every construction mentioned in the Common Core State Standards for geometry, in addition to many more for your advanced learners. Read more.
Patrick B.
Thermal, CA


Mindomo One of the best features of Mindomo is that users are able to share the graphic organizer with other users. [Mindomo] allows teams to work together to create a plan for a project together and does not require them all to be in one place. Read more.
Mike D.
Richmond, VA


Padlet Padlet is a great "parking lot" for questions, concerns, or ideas students have that need to be addressed at a later time. A 5th grade teacher in our building uses it as a tool for homework. She creates a new padlet for an open-ended question that she sends to students as homework. Read more.
Emily S.
Castle Rock, CO


PBS LearningMedia You'll be amazed by what this site is really capable of doing for teachers in the form of aggregated resources and Common Core-aligned lessons. The units are all well-thought-out by amazing educators who understand the necessity for kids to think critically. Read more.
Susan F.
Atlanta, GA


Raz Kids RAZ Kids is a great program for students to use at school. You can customize the reading level for each student. Students can listen to, read on their own and take a quiz on a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles at their reading level. Read more.
Susan N.
Maple Valley, WA


Science News for Kids As the Common Core Standards are calling for increased technical writing, I use this as resource to highlight examples of both science writing and science reading. I want my students reading and writing science and this website provides that. Read more.
Ravi P.
Livermore, CA


Socrative Overall, I think it's a great way to get instant student feedback, either about the homework from home, during a lesson, or as an exit ticket on the way out the door. Great for more Common Core-style questions. Read more.
Carissa H.
Murfreesboro, TN


Tween Tribune Tween Tribune is a great website for students to read high-interest nonfiction articles of their choice. What I really love is how Tween Tribune has challenge questions listed at the end of their articles. Read more.
Amy F.
Crystal Lake, IL

What apps, games, and websites are you using as you make the transition to Common Core? Contribute a Field Note today!