Common Core Explorer

W.5.6

These apps, games, and websites will help your students with some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.
App
Book Creator
Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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EduTyping
Complete and entertaining typing program for all ages
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
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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BiblioNasium
Site for reviewing and sharing books makes reading a social adventure
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Bookopolis
Cute social network lets kids log books and connect with other readers
GRADES
1 - 8
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
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
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
DIY
Design, build, and share new things offline and online
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
DIY App - Creative Community for Kids
From cardboarding to cooking, this app helps kids find the fun in DIY
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Edublogs
Customizable classroom blogs get students writing and collaborating
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Game
Elegy for a Dead World
Compelling sci-fi world imagined -- and written -- by its players
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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ePals
Kids learn together in well-rounded, collaborative global classroom
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Hackasaurus
Puts the hacking power in your hands as you unlock, remix, recode
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Kerpoof
Media-making tools help young kids with digital skills
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Keynote
Simple, elegant tool for creating presentations on mobile devices
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Makewaves
Safe social-publishing platform with amazing badge system
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
MindMeister
Powerful mind mapper aimed at adults, simple enough for older kids
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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My Pop Studio
Slightly dated, still fun app teaches kids media messages
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Pages
Impressive word processor and publisher with great sharing features
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Pixton
Popular comic creation tool well-tuned to classrooms
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Scoodle Jam
Interactive whiteboard inspires learning beyond the blank page
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Scratch
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Scribble Press - Creative Book Maker for Kids
Terrific book creator encourages self-expression for all young writers
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Showbie
Flexible desktop, mobile assignment tool works best with pro features
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Spiral
Provide instant feedback with collaborative, multimedia assessment tool
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Storybird
Social storytelling fun; artwork inspires, but limits creative freedom
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Typing Quest
Gorgeous, customizable set of typing lessons for all ages
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
TypingClub
Gamified, data-driven activities help improve keyboarding skills
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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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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App
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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BaiBoard 3 - Collaborative Whiteboard
Versatile virtual whiteboard for in-person or remote collaboration
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Big Universe Learning
An extensive e-library at your fingertips, but no adaptive features
GRADES
1 - 4
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Blogger
Versatile, easy-to-use blog platform best used with teacher guidance
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
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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Booktrack
Add soundtracks, create an immersive reading experience
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
BoomWriter
Creative writing platform teaches collaboration, some writing skills
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Clicker Docs
Pricey, but serves a clear purpose for iPad word processing
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Creaza Cartoonist
Versatile cartoon creator for silly or serious storytelling
GRADES
3 - 9
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Game
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
Halftone 2 – Comic Book Creator
Simple comic creator makes building stories fun
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Kidblog
Safe, supportive blogs boost kids' writing skills and digital citizenship
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Game
Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Listhings
Sweet and simple note sharing could use a dash of spice
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Lists for Writers
Save struggling students from writer's block with tidy creative tool
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Meograph
Turn a series of moments into a layered multimedia experience
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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nawmalEDU
Type in your script, watch quirky animated figures bring it to life
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
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
PLATFORM
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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App
Prompts
Creative tool gives students something to write about
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
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
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Scholastic Kids Press Corps
Captivate classes with real journalism for kids, by kids
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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SchoolTube
Video-sharing site doesn't dazzle but is kid-friendly and clean
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Seedling Comic Studio
Showcase student work through photo-based comic strips
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Story Dice
Accessible story-starters spark creativity for all ages
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Strip Designer
Easy and fun way to create personalized, comic-book-style stories
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Tagxedo
Create illuminating word clouds with ease and style
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Tapikeo HD
Kids create and present stories with pictures and audio
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Verso
Flip the classroom, gather student feedback with easy-to-use tool
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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Voki Classroom
Fun vocal avatars engage, but learning potential can only go so far
GRADES
4 - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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WeVideo
Solid editing site makes video creation simple and social
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Word Mover
Creative app lets students create words, phrases, and “found” poetry
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Wordle
Easy-to-use tool for making colorful, fun word clouds
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
WPS Office
Flexible app brings MS Office to mobile devices
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Blogger
Sparse features offer limited access to a strong blogging platform
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
PrimaryWall
Share brief ideas in real-time; learning not built in, so add your own
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
TenMarks Writing
One-size-fits-all approach drains the heart and soul out of writing
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
StudySync
Great selection of texts, prompts engage kids at a range of levels
GRADES
4 - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED