New & Noteworthy Apps and Websites - December 17

December 17, 2013
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, Tools

Every Tuesday, we spotlight products that have just been reviewed and have earned a 4- or 5-star editorial rating. This week's list brings us a learning game that teaches health living, a Google+ app that lets users draw and create, a fun and humorous app that teaches mathematical concepts, and an interactive dictionary and thesaurus.

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 these tools into your lesson planning. For tips on writing a great Field Note, check out this step-by-step blog post.


LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney Doc McStuffins
Kids take their imaginary adventures in healing to the digital world and actually become the doctor. In addition to life lessons about healthy living, kids will work on their observation skills and problem-solving skills as they take part in the diagnosing/healing activities. Read full review.

Scoot & Doodle
Scoot & Doodle is a Google+ app that allows users to draw and create in real time with up to 10 invited guests. Google+ provides the “hangout” (e.g., video chat, the friends list), and Scoot & Doodle provides the drawing board, personal portfolio space, a gallery, and some creative prompts for inspiration. Read full review.

Math Snacks
Math Snacks packs concrete and thorough treatments of the basics of ratio, proportion, scale, number line, coordinate graphing, large and negative number place value, and some measurement into six videos, five games, and three overlapping iOS apps. Kids watch videos reminiscent of "Schoolhouse Rock" (sans catchy tunes) or play single-player games. Read full review.

Visual Thesaurus
Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus that creates word maps that branch out to further meanings and related words. But kids will get much more than a list of synonyms; it's an in-depth visual word experience. Read full review.