New & Noteworthy Apps and Websites - November 19

November 19, 2013
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES Technology Integration, Tools

Every Tuesday, we spotlight products that have just been reviewed and have earned a 4- or 5-star editorial rating by Common Sense Education. This week's list brings us a math practice app, a counting website, a robot programming app, a geometric puzzle game, and an app teaches persuasive skills and essay writing.

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.


Numbers League
Numbers League is a math practice app that revolves around an exciting superhero mission. Villains (creatures, not humans) are roaming the town, and number heroes must capture them by matching combinations of numbers to each villain's Kryptonite-like digit that renders them powerless. Read full review.

Numbers & Counting Adventures
Numbers & Counting Adventures provides preschool and kindergarten players four games in which to build counting and number-recognition skills. "Gobs of Gumballs" asks players to count the number of gumballs in a machine, then select the coin with the corresponding numeral. Read full review.

My Robot Friend
Students direct their robot friend through mazes to a treasure chest by programming his moves step by step. They get ribbons as rewards after they complete each round, and can unlock fun mini-games -- like dance parties where they can program the music and moves for their robot. Read full review.

Doodle Fit
Doodle Fit is an engaging geometric puzzle app with cool features and awesome flexibility. Kids can choose sketchpad or chalkboard graphics schemes. Gameplay requires them to fit mostly four-unit geometric shapes into another shape without empty spaces or overlaps -- pretty basic puzzling. Read full review.

Drafting Board
Drafting Board is a website that gives kids practice creating a persuasive essay. Kids can learn to gather and analyze supporting evidence for an argument, and ultimately be able to communicate their own viewpoint persuasively through writing. Read full review.