Common Core Explorer

W.1.6

These apps, games, and websites will help your students with guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
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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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Ansel and Clair: Paul Revere's Ride
Charming play brings American Revolution to life in ways that stick
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Free to Try
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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CAST UDL Book Builder
Sensitively designed so any student can write and share books
GRADES
1 - 7
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Kerpoof
Media-making tools help young kids with digital skills
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Makewaves
Safe social-publishing platform with amazing badge system
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
PrimaryPad
Peer editing a breeze with adequate teacher modeling
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Scratch
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Storybird
Social storytelling fun; artwork inspires, but limits creative freedom
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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StoryJumper
Storybook creation site has great support for classrooms
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Typing Pal
Thorough typing program takes students from hunt-and-peck to mastery
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Typing Quest
Gorgeous, customizable set of typing lessons for all ages
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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TEACHER RATING
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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Write About
Engaging prompts, flexible collaboration options empower young writers
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Write About This
Fun pictures and prompts are great for getting kids to start writing
GRADES
Pre-K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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WriteReader Classroom
Versatile, easy-to-use book maker for beginner writers
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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Book Writer - eBook, PDF creator
All-in-one publishing tool offers limited support for writing process
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Dance Mat Typing
Fun, cartoonish design doesn't hide game's limited impact
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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App
Draw and Tell - by Duck Duck Moose
Kids' drawings come alive with stickers, color, and voice recordings
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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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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TEACHER RATING
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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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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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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Popplet
A compact, simple organizational tool for minimalist presentation
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Game
Quest Atlantis
Jam-packed with proven content but technically finicky
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
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NOT YET RATED
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StoryKit
Create charming digital books with solid story app
GRADES
2 - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Tagxedo
Create illuminating word clouds with ease and style
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
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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Wordle
Easy-to-use tool for making colorful, fun word clouds
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Writing Prompts for Kids
Writing prompt and word choice app has potential to empower, enrich
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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PBS KIDS Lab
Quality TV show-based games offer early-elementary learning
GRADES
1 - 3
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED