New & Noteworthy Apps and Websites - January 21

January 21, 2014
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 app that encourages reading and storytelling from PBS, a website that offers individualized math lessons aligned with Common Core, a website that provides solid practice for kids and advice for teachers on a wide range of subjects, and an app that helps you practice touch-screen typing.

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.


Ready to Learn Reading
Ready to Learn Reading from PBS is a collection of material geared towards helping children become readers. Like most PBS Kids offerings, Ready to Learn Reading is chock-full of high quality activities that are sure to capture kids' attention. Solid learning content is seamlessly integrated into (mostly) everything that kids do. Read full review.

Sokikom: Common Core Math
Sokikom Common Core Math is a website that offers individualized math programs for the classroom. The site's greatest strength is its adaptability. All students will be working at their own pace, and each lesson moves along based on their responses. Read full review.

Studyladder is a website that features lessons on a wide variety of subjects for kids in preschool through 6th grade. A wide range of subjects are covered, from mathematics to literacy, science, music, art, language, culture, health, safety, and even citizenship. Read full review.

Taptyping Typing Trainer
TapTyping - typing trainer is a touch-screen typing skills app that can help students type faster on devices like the iPad. Students will learn by progressing through the lessons using step-by-step skill building and perseverance. It also provides some really cool iPad tips and uses key-specific tricks to increase speed. Read full review.