Common Core Explorer

W.K.6

These apps, games, and websites will help your students with guidance and support from adults, explore 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
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n/a
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BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
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
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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
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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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Spiral
Provide instant feedback with collaborative, multimedia assessment tool
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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VoiceThread
Easily collaborate and create with voice, video, or image
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Paid
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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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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
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n/a
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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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Draw and Tell - by Duck Duck Moose
Kids' drawings come alive with stickers, color, and voice recordings
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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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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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Story Wheel
Collaborative, fun storytelling tool; work around the privacy issues
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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
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n/a
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This Is My Story (And I'm Sticking To It)
Colorful, fun story creator teaches beginner grammar and spelling
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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