New & Noteworthy Apps and Websites - March 4

March 04, 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 help kids work on math skills, including an awesome puzzler that let kids learn about physics, an adaptive math practice roleplaying adventure game, a visual app that explores the number line, and an online fantasy world that teaches STEM skills.

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.


Motion Math: Zoom
Motion Math: Zoom teaches kids how numbers relate to each other on a number line. A number appears in a bubble, and kids must drag, zoom in, or zoom out to find the space on the number line where the number belongs. Then, they pop the bubble and watch the number float to its place. Read full review.

The Radix Endeavor
The Radix Endeavor brings 2D online multiplayer gaming into the land of science education, and rather successfully so. Players start by customizing a character then explore a rich and colorful fantasy world, stumbling on people in dire need of help. It's up to the players' science skills to solve people's problems. Read full review.

Monster Physics
Kids can learn about important physics concepts through exploration and experimentation. They build contraptions and solve missions using tools that apply concepts like force, friction, and gravity. This allows kids to see first hand how parts interact in a system. Read full review.

In Prodigy -- an adaptive math practice game set in a fantasy roleplaying universe -- students customize colorful, anime-style avatars and send them off to the Wizard Academy to prepare for battle. By mimicking the very basic elements of popular fantasy-based online multiplayer games, Prodigy is well tuned to keep kids' attention. Read full review.