Common Core Explorer

W.6.4

These apps, games, and websites will help your students produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
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EduTyping
Complete and entertaining typing program for all ages
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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Community PlanIt
Custom-designed civic engagement game helps kids make local impact
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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Digital Is
Engaging space for tech-forward instruction, teacher collaboration
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Edublogs
Customizable classroom blogs get students writing and collaborating
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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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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Flocabulary
Schoolhouse Rock meets Tupac in this delightful hip-hop-based platform
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Front Row
Zero in on Common Core math and ELA with personalized practice and assessments
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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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
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n/a
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Mozilla Thimble
Inspiring platform teaches coding through remixing
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Pages
Impressive word processor and publisher with great sharing features
GRADES
3 - 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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Penzu Classroom
Journaling site motivates student writers, has strong teacher tools
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Pixton
Popular comic creation tool well-tuned to classrooms
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Scoodle Jam
Interactive whiteboard inspires learning beyond the blank page
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
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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Textadventures.co.uk
Play or design text adventures, but creation can get technical
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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This I Believe
Long-running radio show, curriculum help students explore core values
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, 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
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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
PLATFORM
n/a
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BoomWriter
Creative writing platform teaches collaboration, some writing skills
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Clicker Docs
Pricey, but serves a clear purpose for iPad word processing
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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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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Creaza Cartoonist
Versatile cartoon creator for silly or serious storytelling
GRADES
3 - 9
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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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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ForAllRubrics
Free but clunky rubric tool allows for consistent assessment
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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JogNog
Full access to extensive library of standards-aligned quizzes can get pricey
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, 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
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n/a
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Playfic
Engaging intro to interactive fiction; limited support, organization
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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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
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Word Raider: Quest
Good variety of vocab study but lacks inventive game design
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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WPS Office
Flexible app brings MS Office to mobile devices
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Write
Awesome word processor for handwritten text has limited practicality
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Blogger
Sparse features offer limited access to a strong blogging platform
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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Field Day: Project-Based Learning Think & Do Tool
Well-intentioned PBL tool shows promise, needs consistency, support
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Mind Plan
Confusing design limits potential of mind-mapping tool
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED