New & Noteworthy Apps and Websites

This Tuesday feature highlights the latest apps and websites reviewed by Common Sense Education.

November 12, 2013
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES Technology Integration, Tools

Welcome to "New & Noteworthy," a new Tuesday feature that highlights the latest apps and websites to be reviewed by Common Sense Education. Each Tuesday, we will focus a spotlight on products that have just received a 4- or 5-star rating from our editorial team of expert educators.

We invite you to add your voice to the conversation. Do you use one of these products in your classroom? Consider writing a Field Note to let other educators see how you integrate one of these tools into your lesson planning. For tips on writing a great Field Note, check out this step-by-step blog post.


PBS KIDS Lab is a hub for new material from the PBS KIDS suite of programs (e.g., Dinosaur Train, Martha Speaks, The Electric Company). There are games, loads of suggestions for offline activities including lesson plans, and research reports detailing the findings from research on PBS KIDS’ impact on learning. Read full review.

Todo Telling Time
Every aspect of Todo Telling Time puts time right in front of kids, from the start screen with the day's calendar page and current time on digital and analog clocks to the time report after each completed game. Six mini-games challenge kids to build time-telling skills and concepts. Read full review.

Students can create an account by entering their email address and a password. They can then explore the site, which is divided into three sections: Mathematics, Science, and More. CK-12 is very committed to reaching kids with all types of learning styles, and the inclusion of video, audio, quizzes, and other tools may open doors for kids who are having trouble in the classroom. Read full review.

Kodable Pro
Kodable introduces kids to the logic and concepts needed in computer programming. The back story is told through an intro video: The Fuzz family crash-lands on planet Smeeborg and needs to explore the many mazes. To help them get through each maze and collect coins as they do, kids use programming logic to drag and drop commands to move their Fuzz through the maze. Read full review.