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5 Great Websites for Middle School

August 23, 2013
Audrey Stokes Associate Product Manager, Education
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration
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It's back to school time! In all of our planning and preparing, it's easy to accidentally overlook technology integration in the first couple of weeks.

To help educators provide some fun and engaging tech tools for middle schoolers at the start of the school year, we've curated this list of five of our highest-rated websites. From design to coding, and civic engagement to Common Core, students will learn new skills and brush up on their old ones.

History, tech skills, and reading come alive with these five great websites for grades 6-8. Have you used any of these in your classroom? We'd love to hear your thoughts. Just sign in to add a field note!

 

 

 

Design Squad Nation
The Design Squad Nation website complements the PBS Kids television show "Design Squad," in which teenagers compete to create the most novel solutions to engineering challenges. The competitive aspect of activities, along with video demonstration of the brainstorming and prototyping that go into design, make the website a great learning tool for kids. Read full review.

iCivics
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.

StudySync
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.

Codecademy
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.

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.

   

 

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

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History, tech skills, and reading come alive with these five great websites for grades 6-8. Use them to pique students' interest or help them acquire new skills.

Comments

Brittany Walker
Student

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