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2014 ON for Learning Award Winners

Common Sense Media's ON for Learning Award is given to the very best in kids' digital media. Our learning ratings program is designed to help educators surface the apps, games, and websites that truly deliver experiences that enrich and delight kids, helping them thrive with media and technology. We are excited to recognize these apps, games, and websites for earning the highest learning rating from Common Sense Media in the past year.

If you're a developer or a publisher, learn more about the ON for Learning Award here. Download a printable list of the winners here.

To see products for home use, please see our list for families, located on the Common Sense Media website here.

Elmo Loves 123s for iPad Publisher: Sesame Street
Sesame Street sets the standard for teaching numbers
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
PBS KIDS PLAY!
This product is no longer available.
Visit Website: http://www.pbskidsplay.org
Customizable learning meets quality design and beloved PBS characters
Grades Pre-K-1
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity Publisher: iMagine Machine LLC
Collage-maker teaches symbolism and revs up creativity
Grades Pre-K-6
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Every Body Has a Brain Publisher: Morphonix LLC
Songs and mini-games introduce brain functions
Grades K-1
Type Game
Price $24.95 (CD-ROM), $19.95 (download)
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Ansel and Clair's Adventures in Africa Publisher: Cognitive Kid, Inc.
Find lions, giraffes, and a robot (oh my!) in this fab app adventure
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Cooking Recipes on the Road Publisher: LeapFrog
Kids cook up some math -- with thermometers, measuring cups, scales, and more
Grades K-4
Type Game
Price $24.99
Platforms LeapFrog games
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Reading Rainbow Publisher: RRKidz, Inc.
Kids can "go anywhere, be anything" with vast book and video library
Grades K-4
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
PBS KIDS GO! Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/
One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS KIDS educational content
Grades Pre-K-6
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Proloquo2Go Publisher: AssistiveWare
Brilliant tool helps kids with speech difficulties communicate
Grades K-12
Type App
Price $249.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
MinecraftEdu
This product is no longer available.
Publisher: TeacherGaming LLC
Teacher dashboard and genius tutorial help this sandbox gem sparkle
Grades 1-12
Type Game
Price $41.00
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Motion Math: Zoom Publisher: Motion Math
Ingenious way to visualize and explore the number line
Grades 1-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Reflex: Math Fact Fluency Visit Website: https://www.reflexmath.com
Addictive and adaptive games to help kids memorize math facts
Grades 1-5
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island Publisher: Cognitive Kid, Inc.
Wonderfully engaging eco-sim lets kids become pollution fighters
Grades 2-4
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Bobo Explores Light Publisher: Game Collage, LLC
Cute robot guides kids through concepts in excellent science app
Grades 2-6
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
StudySync Visit Website: http://www.studysync.com/
Superb ELA resource spurs critical thinking with dynamic multimedia
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Design Squad Nation Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
Classmates can compete to solve fun engineering problems
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
DIY Visit Website: http://www.diy.org
Design, build, and share new things offline and online
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Minecraft Publisher: Mojang
Spiraling sandbox of adventure and creation gets kids to dig deep
Grades 3-12
Type Game
Price $26.95 for desktop, $19.99 for consoles (except Wii U at $29.99)
Platforms Linux, Mac, Wii U, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Algodoo Publisher: Algoryx
Sandbox tool enables engaged, conceptual physics inquiry
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
GarageBand Publisher: Apple
Amazingly powerful audio workstation unleashes creativity
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac Apps
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Mozilla Thimble Visit Website: https://thimble.mozilla.org/
Inspiring platform teaches coding through remixing
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Subtext
This product is no longer available.
Publisher: Subtext
Collaborative, customizable digital reader for all subject areas
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Scribblenauts Remix Publisher: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Vocab-building word puzzles inspire creative problem-solving
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price $.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge! Publisher: GlassLab
Classic city-building game tuned to teachers' needs
Grades 5-8
Type Game
Price $19.99 individual; $49.99 to $649.99 license packs
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Zoo Tycoon Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Excellent park management game helps kids explore economics and zoology
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price $19.99
Platforms Xbox 360, Xbox One
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Re-Mission 2 Publisher: HopeLab
Six arcade-style games tackle tough subject of cancer
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Mobile Observatory Publisher: KreApp Development Software
Impressive tool for stargazing and identifying objects in the sky
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $3.99-$4.49
Platforms Android, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Roadtrip Nation Visit Website: http://roadtripnation.org/
Outstanding site motivates kids to follow dreams, work hard
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price $20-$25 per student
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Get the Math Visit Website: http://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/
Solve real-life algebra problems with diverse crew, delightful video
Grades 7-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
BioDigital Human Visit Website: https://www.biodigitalhuman.com
Explore every bit of the human body in this powerful, interactive 3D tour
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Google Art Project
This product is no longer available.
Visit Website: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/art-project
Massive online global collection makes art accesible to all
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Sketchbook Pro Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
WordFlex Touch Dictionary for iPad
Amazing interactive visual dictionary makes exploring words exciting
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Procreate Publisher: Savage Interactive Pty Ltd.
Outstanding art tool supports the workflow of seasoned digital painters
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $5.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4