New & Noteworthy Apps and Websites - March 11

March 11, 2014
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education


Every Tuesday, we spotlight newly reviewed products that received a 4 or 5 editorial rating. Since we're focused this month on Common Core ELA and Math, we wanted to be sure to spotlight products that focus on these themes. This week's list of apps, games, and sites help kids work on language and reading skills, including an easy-to-use app that gives kids access to hundreds of videos and books, an app that provides ELA-aligned quizzes and lessons, a website that teaches students vocabulary through visual language, and a book creator app that empowers kids to publish their own stories. 

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.


Reading Rainbow
The Reading Rainbow app radiates the same sense of curiosity, adventure, discovery, magic, enthusiasm, and love of reading as the classic TV series, but is customized for the next generation in an easy-to-use app. Read full review.

iTooch 6th Grade Language Arts
iTooch 6th Grade Language Arts is an impressive resource for the middle school language arts classroom. Its five sections offer lessons, practice questions, and quizzes on a wide range of topics, including reading comprehension, grammar, composition skills, vocabulary, and communication. Read full review.

The Noun Project
The Noun Project is a website that's creating a global visual language of symbols and icons. Students can learn that not all languages are verbal; people have used symbols to communicate for thousands of years. They can also think critically about icons the world may be missing. Read full review.

Book Creator for iPad
Book Creator for iPad is an amazingly easy to use digital book-making tool. As students use their imagination for a fictional story or compile information on a nonfiction subject to create books on Book Creator for iPad, they are using critical thinking skills and making decisions about their book. Read full review.