Common Core Explorer

WHST.6-8.6

These apps, games, and websites will help your students use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
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iCivics
Exceptionally well-designed games, lesson plans demystify government
GRADES
6 - 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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EcoKids.ca
Eco-minded site with fun games and a wealth of teacher resources
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Historypin
Innovative social tool encourages kids to connect the past and present
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Historypin
Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Instructables
Endless collection of DIY projects; good for sharing and inspiration
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Kaizena
Make feedback count, save time assessing digital work on Google Drive
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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National WWII Museum
High-quality resources and activities offer an in-depth study
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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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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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TouchCast Studio
Cool tool takes videos to next level, but some privacy concerns
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Weava
Chrome extension helps organize web-based research
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Weebly
Impressively easy-to-use website-creation tool
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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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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Zoom In
Top-notch lessons teach historical content, boost analytical skills
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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
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n/a
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Bulb
Slick portfolio tool has cool features, limited feedback options
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free, 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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ForAllRubrics
Free but clunky rubric tool allows for consistent assessment
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Microsoft OneNote
Mobile version of a note-taking giant, now built for flexible, collaborative work
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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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Piktochart
Add oomph to info with sleek infographic tool
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Postach.io
Seamlessly turn Evernote notes into blog posts with paid service
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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
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KQED
Informative current events posts get kids reading and reacting
GRADES
9 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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