New & Noteworthy Apps and Websites - March 25

March 25, 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 a comprehensive early math practice app for kindergartners, a kid-friendly database for student research, a fun app that challenges kids algebraic equations, and an app that that uses animation and text to help understand Shakespeare.

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.


Splash Math Kindergarten
Splash Math Kindergarten gets kids practicing early math skills such as counting, comparing, adding, and subtracting with interactive practice problems. They are worksheets in the sense that there's no instruction; the app is best used as an assessment tool. The content is rich and fully aligned with Common Core Standards for kindergarten math. Read full review.

Kids can learn about topics ranging from biographies to animal communication. The articles are accessible for young readers; they can read on their own or listen. A novel approach to foundational practice with research and citation. Read full review.

DragonBox Algebra 12+
DragonBox Algebra 12+ is a fun and challenging game that teaches kids how to solve algebraic equations. They learn this concept by dragging and dropping objects on two sides of a diagram, reinforcing the idea that what is done to one side of an equation must be done to the other side. Read full review.

Shakespeare in Bits: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Those who struggle with reading and Shakespeare may see a light at the end of the tunnel when they encounter this version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Scene by scene, students can watch animations that follow the text of the comedy to a tee, seeing the text highlighted or appear as subtitles as characters speak and clicking on unfamiliar words to get definitions. Read full review.