New & Noteworthy Apps and Websites - March 18

March 18, 2014
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES Technology Integration, Tools

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 includes an app that uses animation to help understand Shakespeare, a Common Core-aligned fun and effective math app, a highly effective and fun vocabulary-building app, and an adaptive tutorial site that helps kids learn difficult math concepts.

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.


Shakespeare in Bits: Julius Caesar
Shakespeare in Bits: Julius Caesar is designed to help students understand the text and offers many features to make that easier to do. By offering the text alongside animations, students get a better understanding of the words in context and can gain an appreciation of the beauty of the dialogue. Read full review.

Pet Bingo by Duck Duck Moose
Pet Bingo - by Duck Duck Moose is a great math activity that can challenge a class of learners at many different levels. Taking care of pets in the pet pen will engage kids and keep them playing, and the Bingo game format adds another level of fun. Read full review.

Grade 7 Vocab Audios and Pics
Grade 7 Vocab Audio and Pics is one in a series of highly effective vocabulary-building apps from Lafazi, Inc., that make learning words fun. Quirky cartoons depict each word, and coherent, fully formed audio recordings present "short stories" or usage examples. Read full review.

LearnBop is a virtual tutorial system that takes kids through math problems step-by-step, giving hints where kids need help, and identifying gaps in the basic knowledge behind more complicated concepts. Helpful hints include pictures, graphs, and/or video explanations (courtesy of partner site, LearnZillion). Read full review.