New & Noteworthy Apps and Websites - December 3

December 03, 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 an interactive reading app, a website with games that teach social change, a web-based keyboarding app, and a humanities website produced by the NEH.

Do you use one of these products in your classroom? Contribute 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, read this blog post.


Raz Kids!
Once they have login information, provided by a teacher, kids can access a virtual bookroom of over 350 books on just about any internet-enabled device. Powerful and relatively affordable, Raz-Kids could become a staple for the parents and teachers of young readers. Read full review.

Games for Change
Games for Change is a website that offers resources, information, and reviews on video and computer games that promote social change and a positive view of the world. You can browse the site's selection of games by age or concept, like Art and Empathy, Conflict, Human Rights, and Health. Read full review.

QwertyTown is a subscription-based website that teaches kids keyboarding skills. Abby, a bespectacled, purple-haired guide, introduces you to QwertyTown (you can either read her instructions or turn on audio) and even offers ergonomic tips for sitting at the keyboard. Read full review.

EDSITEment is a website that offers lesson plans and online resources in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies. It's a collection of content from all over the web, but all the links have been vetted for quality by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and they've connected Common Core standards to everything on the site. Read full review.