Common Core Explorer

RH.6-8.7

These apps, games, and websites will help your students integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
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CommonLit
Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Facing History and Ourselves
A wealth of resources explore racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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iCivics
Exceptionally well-designed games, lesson plans demystify government
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Roman Town
Puzzles and mini-games make Roman history come alive
GRADES
6 - 7
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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9/11 Museum Audio Guide
Thoughtful, expansive tours personalize sobering museum experience
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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CK-12
Super STEM resource with highly accessible content
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Community PlanIt
Custom-designed civic engagement game helps kids make local impact
GRADES
6 - 12
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Linux, Mac, Windows
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Front Row
Zero in on Common Core math and ELA with personalized practice and assessments
GRADES
K - 8
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Free, Paid
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n/a
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Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book
Dazzling look at the world via an interactive atlas
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Geoguessr
"Just one more turn" gameplay jazzes up geography
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Global Conflicts
Role play, global conversations make social studies personal
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Historypin
Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Historypin
Innovative social tool encourages kids to connect the past and present
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Kami
Versatile annotation tool helps users critically connect with content
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Mayan Mysteries
Captivating archaeology adventure about ancient Mayan culture
GRADES
4 - 9
PRICE
Paid
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Linux, Mac, Windows
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National Archives
Access U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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National WWII Museum
High-quality resources and activities offer an in-depth study
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Padlet
Customizable bulletin boards jazz up collaboration and ease discussion
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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ProCon.org
Comprehensive, nonpartisan resource navigates controversial issues
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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ReadWorks Digital
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Smithsonian Quests
Research Smithsonian-style subjects online, get cool digital badges
GRADES
4 - 10
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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StrataLogica
High-quality customizable maps help students understand their world
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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Sutori
A slick way to share knowledge via interactive timelines and stories
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Stellar history website, gateway to cool PD and scholarship
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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The Pyramids
Tap into students' inner archaeologists as they discover Ancient Egypt
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Timeline World War 2 with Robert MacNeil
Vast interactive multimedia resource makes history come alive
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Extensive resource collection supports teaching about the Holocaust
GRADES
6 - 12
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n/a
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Zoom In
Top-notch lessons teach historical content, boost analytical skills
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Activate
Snapshot of community organizing a good intro with so-so mini-games
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Alabama Civil Rights Trail
Thorough but dry resource helps put historic events in context
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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American Presidents for iPad
Well-rounded, interactive history and presidential textbook
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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American Revolution by KIDS DISCOVER
Interactive textbook includes diverse perspectives on U.S. history
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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ArtifactSnatch
Rich images, strong background info enhance ancient Rome flashcard game
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Aurasma
Augment reality with innovative, somewhat clunky tool
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Awesome Stories
Explore dynamic, media-rich stories, bring news and history to life
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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BBC History
Multimedia resources address fascinating historical questions
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Bitstrips for Schools
Safe site where students can make and share easy-to-create comics
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Britannica Kids: Ancient Rome
Images, maps, and games somewhat overshadowed by heavy text
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Britannica Kids: Aztec Empire
Aztec history gets a bit closer with articles, puzzles, and more
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Civil War by KIDS DISCOVER
Jazzed-up textbook covers America's most divisive war
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Constitution by KIDS DISCOVER
Colorful textbook guides students through supreme law of the land
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Excavate!: Rome
Clever archaeology sim uses object-based inquiry, but gets repetitive
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Faking It
What did we do before PhotoShop? How pre-digital images were altered
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Field Trip
With a few tweaks, nifty augmented reality app can be classroom-ready
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Ford's Theatre
Online museum offers exhibits, resources on Abraham Lincoln, Civil War
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Geography by KIDS DISCOVER
Interactive textbook teaches kids about the Earth
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Gettysburg HD
Images, maps, and guided tour bring the battlefield to life
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Google Goggles
Photographing the world to search the Web a welcome blend
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Google Treks
Cool tool uses maps to create fun projects, could use some updating
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Immigration Nation
Enjoyable packaging of immigration facts floats on the surface
GRADES
4 - 9
PRICE
Free
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Linux, Mac, Windows
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Loot Pursuit: Pompeii
Kids learn about ancient artifacts while brushing up on math skills
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Maya Quiz: the best family-friendly history trivia game for kids and adults!
Absorbing quizzes demand thorough knowledge of Mayan life
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Mindomo
Visualize thoughts, make mind maps with simple site for complex ideas
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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My World Heritage Passport
Explore the globe; plan real or virtual trips to important locations
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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National Archives DocsTeach
Historical texts, interactive activities can promote critical thinking
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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National Constitution Center
Expert analysis, timely updates bring founding document to life
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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National Geographic World Atlas
Traditional reference tool gets digital upgrade but could do more
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NBC Learn
Video-centric resource good for discussion starters and research
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Piktochart
Add oomph to info with sleek infographic tool
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Power Play
Useful but bite-sized intro to states’ rights vs. federal law
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Quist - Today in LGBTQ History
Explore LGBTQ history, access great learning and teaching resources
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Reporting the Revolutionary War
Lessons, videos, and historic newspapers help bring history to life
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Responsibility Launcher
Intro to civic responsibility launches knowledgeable, involved citizens
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Slavery at Monticello: Life and Work at Mulberry Row
Engrossing images, audio reveal the untold stories of Jefferson's estate
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Smithsonian Channel
Short video clips might pique interest but don't deliver much content
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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SoundJunction
Music site brimming with great info is a tad text-heavy and glitchy
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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The Civil War Today
Daily paper helps kids relive an important period in U.S. history
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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The Story of Stuff Project
Explore the impact of our things and get mobilized to make a difference
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Wolfram Alpha
Calculations, computations, algorithms give kids just the facts, ma'am
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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50 States
Browse flashcards, take quizzes on limited U.S. state trivia
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Countries of the World
Detailed reference and quiz tool for global statistics
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Great Depression Simulation
Inconsistent gameplay limits cool concept's impact
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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HISTORY Here
Pinpoints where history happened, but encyclopedic look lacks pizazz
GRADES
4 - 12
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Political Time Machine
Presidential video collection offers little more
GRADES
6 - 12
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n/a
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Today in History
Simple reference app lists facts about the past, day by day
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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C-SPAN Classroom
High-impact activities get students reading, writing, debating
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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KQED
Top-notch news resources help students understand, get involved
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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National Geographic Education
Variety of multimedia resources support history and science classes
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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National Geographic Education
Awesome assortment of highly searchable visual content
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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PBS LearningMedia
Stellar self-paced lessons build skills across disciplines
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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PBS LearningMedia
Thoughtful collection of multimedia resources helps engage and inform
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED