Common Core Explorer

W.6.6

These apps, games, and websites will help your students 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 three 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
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Notability
Flexible note-taking tool empowers learners of all abilities
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Roadtrip Nation
Outstanding site motivates kids to follow dreams, work hard
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Adobe Reader
Cross-platform tool for creating, reading, editing, sharing documents
GRADES
6 - 12
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
PLATFORM
n/a
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Buncee for Education
Easy-to-use slide show tool offers lots of customization
GRADES
3 - 10
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
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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App
Educreations
Enliven lessons and presentations with easy-to-use whiteboard tool
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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Website
ePals
Kids learn together in well-rounded, collaborative global classroom
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Evernote
Impressive organizational tool has limitless uses
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Website
Generator
Well-rounded, hands-on intro to filmmaking
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Website
Google Hangouts
Communication, learning, and fun converge nicely in Google's slick platform
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
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
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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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Website
My Pop Studio
Slightly dated, still fun app teaches kids media messages
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Padlet
Customizable bulletin boards jazz up collaboration and ease discussion
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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
Penzu Classroom
Journaling site motivates student writers, has strong teacher tools
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
Showbie
Flexible desktop, mobile assignment tool works best with pro features
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Spiral
Provide instant feedback with collaborative, multimedia assessment tool
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
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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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Website
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
Website
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
Website
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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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
Adobe Slate
Build and share slick presentations with photos from around the Web
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
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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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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Blogger
Versatile, easy-to-use blog platform best used with teacher guidance
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
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
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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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Corkulous
Brainstorm, organize, and present on this tidy virtual corkboard
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Creaza Cartoonist
Versatile cartoon creator for silly or serious storytelling
GRADES
3 - 9
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Doodlecast Pro
Record what you know and share it with the class
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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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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TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Gone Google Story Builder
Clever but bare-bones Google Doc storytelling tool has potential
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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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
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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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MindMup
Basic online mind-mapping tool shares easily to the cloud
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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Website
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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App
Photo Editor by Aviary
Cool creative tools for shutterbug teens
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Photo Grid - Collage Maker
A few navigation flaws, but a fun way for kids to get creative
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Game
Playfic
Engaging intro to interactive fiction; limited support, organization
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Website
Popplet
A compact, simple organizational tool for minimalist presentation
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Postach.io
Seamlessly turn Evernote notes into blog posts with paid service
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
Quizster
Give formative feedback on the fly with digital dropbox tool
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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
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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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Game
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
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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Website
WriteLab
Nifty site gives automatic writing feedback, helps teachers comment
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
App
Drawing Cartoons
Create unique stop-motion animations, but beware of violent imagery
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Mind Plan
Confusing design limits potential of mind-mapping tool
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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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
vozMe
Way too simple text-to-audio tool suffers from lack of content, supports
GRADES
5 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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