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Common Sense Education's Best EdTech Winners

Over the years, Common Sense Education editors and reviewers have rated and reviewed hundreds of learning tools, using our research-backed rubric and rigorous evaluative process. Since 2013, we've compiled annual lists of the top-rated tools that stood out as some of the most innovative, effective, and enjoyable. They're rated highly for engagement, pedagogy, and support, and they're available across platforms as mobile apps, Chrome apps, and online resources. Check out our lists for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 below - these tools span grades and content areas, so you're sure to find something new to try!

Best EdTech of 2013

AlphaTots Publisher: Spinlight Studio
Clever interactive games introduce letter sounds, action words
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Jake and the Never Land Pirates Publisher: LeapFrog
Ahoy! Pirate game chock full of math treasures
Grades Pre-K-K
Type Game
Price 24.99
Platforms LeapFrog games
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
SesameStreet.org Visit Website: http://www.sesamestreet.org
Everything you love about the TV show, customizable and on demand
Grades Pre-K-K
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Kinect Sesame Street TV Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Sesame Street goes digital to get kids counting and reading
Grades Pre-K-1
Type Game
Price 29.99
Platforms Xbox 360
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Love to Count by Pirate Trio Publisher: Next is Great
Hundreds of tasks and swashbuckling fun for new math learners
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics in English, Spanish, French & Italian Publisher: Les Trois Elles Interactive
Thoughtfully designed, self-paced games bring letters, sounds to life
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
PBS KIDS Lab Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/lab/
Explore outstanding new math and language additions to PBS KIDS family
Grades Pre-K-2
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Starfall.com Visit Website: http://www.starfall.com/
Well-designed literacy site with great activities for new readers
Grades Pre-K-2
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Curiosityville Visit Website: http://www.curiosityville.com
Highly engaging, age-appropriate site with delightful games
Grades Pre-K-3
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Feel Electric!
This product is no longer available.
Publisher: Sesame Street
Express and identify emotions with hip Electric Company hosts
Grades K-2
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Starfall Learn to Read Publisher: Starfall Education
Delight emergent readers with lively phonics lessons
Grades K-2
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
BrainPOP Jr. Visit Website: http://www.brainpopjr.com
Top-notch educational videos a boon for elementary school teachers
Grades K-3
Type Website
Price From $175
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Marble Math Junior Publisher: Artgig Studio
Sticky math practice encourages kids to keep playing, maze after maze
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Oh Noah! Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/noah/index.html
Comforting character makes second-language mistakes no big deal
Grades K-3
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science Visit Website: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/
First-class site for science games and investigations
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
DreamBox Learning Math Publisher: DreamBox Learning
Individualized, game-based math adapts to kids' needs
Grades K-8
Type Game
Price Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Khan Academy Visit Website: http://www.khanacademy.org
Missions boost learning with balance of focus, freedom to explore
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Oceans Publisher: LeapFrog
Dive deep into the ocean and learn about the creatures that live there
Grades 1-3
Type Game
Price 24.99
Platforms LeapFrog games
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Numbers League Publisher: Bent Castle Software, LLC
Beat bad guys with math in super-fun, super-powerful practice app
Grades 1-4
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
National Geographic Kids Visit Website: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
Stunning photos and in-depth stories of Earth's peoples and wildlife
Grades 1-6
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Britannica Kids: Solar System Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
Blast off to learning with articles, puzzles, games, and more
Grades 1-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Marble Math Publisher: Artgig Studio
Marvelous mazes make for engaging math practice
Grades 3-5
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
DragonBox Algebra 5+ Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
Mesmerizing step-by-step puzzler sets the foundation for algebra
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Gamestar Mechanic Publisher: Institute of Play and E-Line Media
Captivating manga romp teaches kids game design
Grades 4-9
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book Publisher: Vito Technology
Dazzling look at the world via an interactive atlas
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Roman Town
This product is no longer available.
Publisher: Dig-It Games
Puzzles and mini-games make Roman history come alive
Grades 6-7
Type Game
Price 39.99
Platforms Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
iCivics Visit Website: http://www.icivics.org/
Exceptionally well-designed games, lesson plans demystify government
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Codecademy Visit Website: http://www.codecademy.com
Terrific hands-on coding practice with live feedback
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
SAT Word Slam Publisher: Slammin Productions
Creative SAT prep mixes humor with well-researched word lists
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free - $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

Best EdTech of 2014

Gracie and Friends Birthday Cafe Publisher: First 8 Studios at WGBH
Numbers-and-quantity game has precise focus and superb scaffolding
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Classroom Edition Publisher: Hooked on Phonics
Research-based curriculum adapts beautifully to fun, easy-to-use app
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $49.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
TinyTap, make and play educational games and interactive lessons Publisher: TinyTap Ltd.
Book-and-game builder empowers creativity, boasts vast content library
Grades Pre-K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ReadWorks Visit Website: http://www.readworks.org/
An ELA teacher's one-stop shop for reading-comprehension resources
Grades K-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Nearpod Publisher: Panarea
Interactive, multimedia slide shows engage students and provide feedback
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Teaching Channel Visit Website: https://www.teachingchannel.org
See colleagues in action with digital PD for discussion and reflection
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Teaching Tolerance Visit Website: http://www.tolerance.org/
Thought-provoking classroom resources support diversity education
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense Publisher: iMagine Machine LLC
Brilliant, wacky adventure game seamlessly integrates geometry
Grades 1-4
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
LightSail Publisher: LightSail Inc.
Robust, responsive reading tool measures meaningful literacy outcomes
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price By subscription
Platforms Android, iPad, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Newsela Visit Website: https://newsela.com/
Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
PlayPosit Visit Website: http://www.playposit.com/
Simple design makes it easy to jump into interactive video
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Shadow Puppet Edu Publisher: Shadow Puppet Inc.
Resource-rich video slide-show creator a gem for a variety of classrooms
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Contraption Maker Publisher: Spotkin
Solve problems, puzzles, brain teasers while creating wacky machines
Grades 3-8
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Imagine Math Visit Website: http://www.imaginelearning.com/programs/math
Great adaptive learning comes with live teacher support, unique rewards
Grades 3-10
Type Website
Price Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
EdPuzzle Visit Website: https://edpuzzle.com/
Crop, customize, and remix online videos for your classroom
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Twelve a Dozen Publisher: Bossa Studios Ltd.
Engrossing math platformer puts problem-solving skills to the test
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Classcraft Visit Website: http://www.classcraft.com
Track behavior, motivate students with clever, cooperative game
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
LittleBigPlanet 2 Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Accessible yet deep game creator will dazzle and challenge
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price 19.99
Platforms PS3
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Possible Worlds Publisher: Center for Children and Technology
Entertaining, well-researched games correct scientific misconceptions
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Rezzly Visit Website: http://rezzly.com/
Leveling and quests turn classes into personalized adventures
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ThinkCERCA Visit Website: http://www.thinkcerca.com
Critical-reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structure
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
GameMaker: Studio Publisher: YoYo Games Ltd.
One of the best creation tools available for aspiring game developers
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Journey Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Gorgeous, moving adventure -- a jewel of social and emotional learning
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price $14.99
Platforms PS3, PS4
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Facing History and Ourselves Visit Website: https://www.facinghistory.org/
A wealth of resources explore racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Papo & Yo Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Powerful tale of alcoholism uses puzzles and metaphor to build empathy
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price 14.99
Platforms Linux, Mac, PS3, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Portal 2 Puzzle Maker Publisher: Valve
Mind-bending level editor for beloved physics game
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price $19.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5

Best EdTech of 2015

Endless Wordplay: School Edition Publisher: Originator Inc.
Rhymes, phonetic approach, silly animations help kids construct words
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $14.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Metamorphabet Publisher: Vectorpark.com
Explore an animated alphabet with this magical interactive gem
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
DragonBox Numbers Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
Explore the concept of numbers through puzzles and fun gameplay
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $7.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Thinkrolls2 Publisher: AVOKIDDO
Young learners roll through mazes, discover rigorous physics concepts
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
MarcoPolo Weather Publisher: MarcoPolo Learning
Adorable sandbox tool lets kids safely explore, experiment, observe
Grades Pre-K-2
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Easy Studio Stop-Motion Studio Publisher: EDOKI ACADEMY
Ideal, easy-to-use way to help kids learn basic animation
Grades K-2
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Ocean Forests Publisher: Bright World eBooks
Young learners explore biodiversity in gorgeous undersea world
Grades K-2
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Crazy Gears Publisher: Seven Academy
Highly applicable STEM-themed free play; easy appeal for wide audience
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mystery Science Visit Website: http://mysteryscience.com
Big questions, kids' curiosity drive thoughtful science curriculum
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Seesaw: The Learning Journal Publisher: Seesaw, Inc.
Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Simple Machines Publisher: Tinybop
Excellent elementary NGSS engineering practices embedded in fun games
Grades K-5
Type App
Price 2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Robot Factory Publisher: Tinybop
Improve designs, collect favorites in robot creation sandbox
Grades K-8
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Fruity Fractions Publisher: Lighthouse Learning
Stellar tool builds rock-solid foundational understanding
Grades 1-3
Type App
Price 2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Mystery Word Town - Sight Word Spelling Publisher: Artgig Studio
Old West crime-fighting takes kids on a spelling adventure
Grades 1-4
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Words for Osmo Publisher: Tangible Play Inc
Versatile word game challenges across content areas and abilities
Grades 1-6
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Inventioneers Publisher: Filimundus AB
Budding engineers create design solutions with fun physics puzzler
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Wizard School Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Curated videos and creative challenges ignite active learning
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Curiosity Machine Visit Website: https://www.curiositymachine.org
Kids build, share, receive pro feedback with awesome engineering site
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Earth Primer Publisher: Chaim Gingold
Earth comes alive with interactive textbook; some content lacks depth
Grades 3-6
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Monster Heart Medic Publisher: The Lawrence Hall of Science
Brilliant medical sim engages kids, promotes heart-healthy lifestyle
Grades 3-6
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Woot Math Visit Website: https://www.wootmath.com
Woot! Woot! Truly adaptive lessons support concept building
Grades 3-7
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Zoombinis Publisher: Technical Education Research Centers, Inc.
Classic logic puzzler gets a beautiful new look
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
iBiome -- Wetland Publisher: Springbay Studio Ltd.
Smartly designed environmental sim great for learning about ecosystems
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Hopscotch School Edition -- Programming for kids! Make games, stories, animations and more! Publisher: Hopscotch Technologies
Programming blocks give good balance of freedom vs. constraint
Grades 4-9
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
CueThink Visit Website: http://www.cuethink.com/
Social approach to problem-solving promotes deep math learning
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Elegy for a Dead World Publisher: Popcannibal
Compelling sci-fi world imagined -- and written -- by its players
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price $14.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
The Waste Land Publisher: Touchpress Limited
Stellar performances, great media bring Eliot's masterpiece to life
Grades 11-12
Type App
Price $13.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mosa Mack Science Visit Website: https://www.mosamack.com/
Engaging design challenges turn kids into actual science detectives
Grades 5-8
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Motion Force Publisher: Filament Games
Thrilling projectile puzzle game features solid physics principles
Grades 5-10
Type Game
Price $5.99
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
GameMaker: Studio Publisher: YoYo Games Ltd.
One of the best creation tools available for aspiring game developers
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Never Alone (Kisima Innitchuna) Publisher: E-Line Media
Illuminating native Alaskan folktale supports SEL skills
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price 14.99
Platforms PS4, Windows, Xbox One
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Chalkup Visit Website: https://www.chalkup.co
Elegant LMS tool keeps classroom conversation, collaboration going
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
NOVA Labs Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/
Online science, mastered: exceptional content within meaningful tasks
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
The Orchestra Publisher: Touch Press LLP
Stellar interactive features bring classical music vibrantly to life
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $13.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
SketchUp Visit Website: http://www.sketchup.com/
Make learning meaningful through 3D design
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Tinkercad Visit Website: http://www.tinkercad.com
Amazingly simple yet powerful and flexible online CAD tool
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Zygote Body Visit Website: http://www.zygotebody.com/
Control, create, and explore stunning 3-D human body visuals
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Project Ed Visit Website: https://contests.projected.com/
Aspiring filmmakers converge to create video content for the classroom
Grades 7-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Construct 2 Publisher: Scirra
Standout, pro-caliber game-dev tool still great for novices
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Extrasolar Publisher: Lazy 8 Studios
Immersive exoplanet exploration game makes sleuths out of rover drivers
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Genius Visit Website: http://www.genius.com
Collaborative tool lets kids annotate songs, literature, news
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Kaizena Visit Website: https://kaizena.com/
Make feedback count, save time assessing digital work on Google Drive
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Schoology Visit Website: http://www.schoology.com/
Top-tier LMS for digital classrooms
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Vidcode Visit Website: http://www.vidcode.io/
Cool coding tool tuned to teen girls' passions aids creativity
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
A.D.A.M. Interactive Anatomy Online Visit Website: http://www.adameducation.com/aiaonline
Explore detailed images with powerful, customizable anatomy curriculum
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Global Oneness Project Visit Website: https://www.globalonenessproject.org/
Dynamic multimedia resources explore life experiences around the world
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Parable of the Polygons Visit Website: http://ncase.me/polygons/
Dynamic interactive helps classrooms explore topics of bias, diversity
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Schoology Visit Website: http://www.schoology.com/
Top-tier LMS for digital classrooms
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Romeo & Juliet (Enhanced Edition) Publisher: The New Book Press, LLC
Excellent side-by-side dramatization and text bring the Bard to life
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $19.99
Platforms iPad, Mac Apps
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

Best EdTech of 2016

Gracie & Friends Lemonade Stand Publisher: First 8 Studios at WGBH
Interactive games thoroughly address small, focused learning goal
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
HangArt: Play Hangman, Draw Pictures, Tell Stories Publisher: Literary Safari Inc.
Games, creative activities give 360-degree view of common sight words
Grades Pre-K-3
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Zearn Visit Website: https://www.zearn.org/
Innovative combo of live small-group instruction and online math lessons
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Redbird Mathematics Visit Website: http://www.mheducation.com/prek-12/explore/redbird/redbird-mathematics.html
Excellent adaptive math for flipped or blended classrooms
Grades K-7
Type Website
Price Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
LifeLiQe Publisher: LifeLiQe, Inc.
Impressive, interactive 3D models augment classroom learning
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
DragonBox Big Numbers Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
Carrot-and-stick arithmetic app makes students fluent in regrouping
Grades 1-4
Type App
Price $7.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
MetKids Visit Website: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/metkids/
Whimsical, kid-friendly intro to the wide world of art
Grades 1-6
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
The Infinite Arcade by TinyBop Publisher: Tinybop
Simple game-design app has endless creative potential
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
littleBits Invent Publisher: littleBits Electronics Inc.
Top-notch tool empowers kids to invent, build, and control wirelessly
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Smithsonian Learning Lab Visit Website: https://learninglab.si.edu/
Discover, create, remix, and share Smithsonian resources
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
CommonLit Visit Website: http://commonlit.org/
Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Autodesk Design Academy Visit Website: http://academy.autodesk.com
Outstanding project-based tutorials for popular engineering software
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
DocentEDU Visit Website: http://docentedu.com/
Useful Chrome extension lets teachers add interactivity to websites
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Ken Burns
Dynamic video clips explore cultural themes throughout U.S. history
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $9.99 Full Version
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Lab4Physics Publisher: Lab4U Inc.
Bring physics to life using lab sensors built right into your smartphone
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
NASA Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet Visit Website: http://climate.nasa.gov
Tons of climate change info from expert sources in one easy place
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Pathbrite Visit Website: https://pathbrite.com
Create, organize, assess sleek digital portfolios
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
PocketLab Publisher: Myriad Sensors
Gather and analyze live data anywhere
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, Chrome, Windows Phone
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Code School Visit Website: https://www.codeschool.com/
Awesome interactive coding lessons can make anyone a programmer
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Gone Home Publisher: The Fullbright Company
Compelling narrative game fosters empathy, self-reflection
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price $19.99
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5