Common Core Explorer

SL.7.1

These apps, games, and websites will help your students engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Website
Actively Learn
Empowering social ereader keeps kids actively, independently engaged
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
BrainPOP Featured Movie
Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Chalkup
Elegant LMS tool keeps classroom conversation, collaboration going
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
Community PlanIt
Custom-designed civic engagement game helps kids make local impact
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
1
Website
Edmodo
Good stepping stone to LMS classes
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
ePals
Kids learn together in well-rounded, collaborative global classroom
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Flipgrid
Pose questions, spark thoughtful video responses with stellar tool
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Folger Shakespeare Library
Teacher's resource digs deep into the Bard's work
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Google Hangouts
Communication, learning, and fun converge nicely in Google's slick platform
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Harry Potter Reading Club
The fun and fantasy of Harry's world plus literary discussion
GRADES
3 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
KQED Education
Great news and classroom resources support both teachers and students
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
My Pop Studio
Slightly dated, still fun app teaches kids media messages
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
PowerSchool Learning
Full-featured LMS great for instructional design
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Social Quest
Robust and direct social learning tool provides thorough practice
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Ted-Ed
Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short videos
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
The Learning Network
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
WeLearnedIt
Digital portfolio and management tool for project-based classrooms
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Bitstrips for Schools
Safe site where students can make and share easy-to-create comics
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
CNN Student News
Digestible and engaging news coverage for kids
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Diigo
Social bookmarking encourages discovery, collaboration, and sharing
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
EconEdLink
Epic econ and financial info resource could use some jazzing up
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Google Groups
Basic forums can encourage online discussion and collaboration
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Kidblog
Safe, supportive blogs boost kids' writing skills and digital citizenship
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Level Up!
High-level lesson plans aspire to turn classrooms into game studios
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are
Must-read graphic novel teaches relatable tween lessons
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs the Other Kind
Quizzes spark engagement in authentic teen scenes
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Middle School Confidential 3: What's Up with My Family?
Relatable characters, situations help kids build family relationships
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
PBS Newshour Extra
Accessible, interactive site for news that piques teens' interest
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
Skype
Live video communication has potential to open lots of doors
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Splashtop Classroom
Collaboration tool lets kids annotate and share from their own devices
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Stick Pick
Differentiate, engage with assessment app aimed at higher-order skills
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Story Dice
Accessible story-starters spark creativity for all ages
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
1
App
Talkboard by Citrix
Many cool uses of whiteboard as users collaborate through drawings
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Verso
Flip the classroom, gather student feedback with easy-to-use tool
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Play Catan
Digital remake of brilliant board game is tough to learn
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, PS3, Windows, Xbox 360
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Ted-Ed
Video lessons engage, inspire a deeper look into the language arts
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
4