New & Noteworthy Apps and Websites - November 26

November 26, 2013
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, Tools

Every Tuesday, we spotlight products that have just been reviewed and have earned a 4- or 5-star editorial rating. This week's list brings us an app that teaches kids basic animation skills, a story-math app, a courtroom drama game that focuses on debating, and an SAT prep game. 

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.


Easy Studio - Animate with Shapes!
Easy Studio - Animate with Shapes! is a success-oriented app that empowers kids to try their hand at basic animation. Kids can learn basic animation skills, along with sequencing, following directions, and how geometric shapes can interact to create objects and designs. Read full review.

Moose Math by Duck Duck Moose
In Moose Math - by Duck Duck Moose, five math mini-games come together in a little town that kids get to help build by choosing building facades and accessories to place in the town. The mini-games get kids thinking mathematically, though some of the cute characters, namely the dust bunnies, seem an odd fit for the town. Read full review.

Argument Wars
Argument Wars is like taking your favorite television courtroom drama and melding it with Wii Tennis; it’s a game of back and forth just mental rather than physical. Cases are based on actual supreme court cases but infuse ethical content sure to engage teens. Read full review.

Doodle Fit
Mexican wrestling, known as Lucha Libra, is the inspiration for Vocabador. Students start with Vocab Training where they choose a weight class and review flashcards of vocabulary words with the word on one side and a definition, example sentence, synonyms, antonyms, part of speech, and audio pronunciation on the other. Read full review.