Common Core Explorer

SL.2.5

These apps, games, and websites will help your students create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Website
Code.org
Popular games, big names get kids and teachers pumped to program
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Shadow Puppet Edu
Resource-rich video slide-show maker a gem for a variety of classrooms
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Toontastic
Writer, actor, director: Kids play all parts in riveting storytelling tool
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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BrainPOP Featured Movie
Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Glogster
Interactive, online multimedia posters display knowledge dynamically
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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HangArt: Play Hangman, Draw Pictures, Tell Stories
Games, creative activities give 360-degree view of common sight words
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Imagistory: Schools Edition - Creative Storytelling
Kids use pictures to create narrative adventures in easy-to-use app
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
Kerpoof
Media-making tools help young kids with digital skills
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Little Bird Tales
Easy-to-create digital storybooks empowering, even for younger kids
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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My Story Book Creator School Edition
Sleek platform is a great artistic tool, intro to digital creation
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Night Zookeeper Drawing Torch
Charming digital creation tool with fun prompts and a bit of magic
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Pictello
Fabulous tool can help kids create social stories
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Recap: Video Response and Reflection for Education
Video-reflection app puts new spin on formative assessment
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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TeleStory
Direct and star in zany TV shows with fun, easy-to-use movie maker
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Toontastic 3D
Flexible tool hands kids the reins for creative animated storytelling
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
VoiceThread
Easily collaborate and create with voice, video, or image
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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WeLearnedIt
Digital portfolio and management tool for project-based classrooms
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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ClaroSpeak US
Give kids a voice with supportive, quality text-to-speech tool
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
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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Website
Crayola Kids
Valuable art-related teaching resources amid relentless marketing
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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DimensionU
ELA and math games alternate between play and practice
GRADES
2 - 10
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Kerpoof Tell a Story: Dino Edition
Creative dinosaur adventures help kids learn storytelling basics
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Kidspiration Maps
Versatile easy-to-use graphic organizer for early elementary
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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My Story - Book Maker for Kids
Super-easy way to introduce digital book creation to kids
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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Puppet Pals 2: School Edition
Record audio, animate characters, import images with charming storytelling tool
GRADES
1 - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Puppet Pals HD
All the world's a stage with this easy, thematic story creation app
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free, Free to Try
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n/a
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Quest Atlantis
Jam-packed with proven content but technically finicky
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
App
Social Stories Creator for Educators
Create multimedia stories that help with social skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Speak it! Text to Speech
Communicate out loud with easy, accurate text-to-speech tool
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Speech Journal
Audio wed to images for multiple learning/teaching goals
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Story Wheel
Collaborative, fun storytelling tool; work around the privacy issues
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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StoryBuilder
Versatile resource helps kids with multi-sentence storytelling
GRADES
1 - 4
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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StoryKit
Create charming digital books with solid story app
GRADES
2 - 5
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Tapikeo HD
Kids create and present stories with pictures and audio
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Dragon Dictation
Empowers kids to express themselves, but accuracy is limited
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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