You Asked. We Listened. New Reviews of Aurasma, Newsela, Scribble Press, and Tellagami

June 25, 2014
Erin Wilkey Oh Executive Editor, Education Content and Distribution
Common Sense Education


Every day, a teacher steps into the classroom and tries something new -- a new way to inspire kids, to engage them, to challenge their thinking. We know that Common Sense Education's teacher community is on the cutting edge when it comes to edtech. You try out the newest tools first and are eager to share your experiences. That's why we welcome your requests for product reviews. And we listen when you ask.

Today, we're spotlighting products you requested. The list includes an augmented reality creator that lets kids and teachers transform static learning material, an adaptive news site that makes nonfiction texts more accessible and engaging, a book creation and publication app that's great for young students, and a fun animated avatar creator. Take a look at the reviews below, and add your own Field Note to share how you use the app or site in your teaching.


Aurasma introduces users to augmented reality and allows them to create their own. Simply point the viewfinder at an object or photo and wait for the "Aura," an interactive experience that transforms the initial image into a video, animation, or another image. Read full review.

Here's the place for news stories your students will look forward to reading and discussing. With articles pulled from actual news sources and then adapted to a range of reading levels, students will find nonfiction text accessible and engaging. Read full review.

Scribble Press
Scribble Press is a kid-friendly book creation and publication app kids can use to write and illustrate stories, publish them online or in print, and view other kids' books. The more than 500 writing and drawing tools allow kids to convey their stories and their messages via words, font, colors, images, and more. Read full review.

Tellagami is a mobile app for creating a custom animated avatar called a "gami." Users enter text or record audio and then choose from a range of outfits, skin tones, and hairstyles to create a custom character to deliver the recording. Read full review.

Is there a product that you enjoy using in the classroom but can't find on Common Sense Education? We invite you to add your voice to the conversation and recommend a product for review today! While we can't guarantee we'll review the product you recommend, we consider all the suggestions we receive.