Top Pick

Games and Apps with Great Teacher Support

Very few products have built-in help for teachers -- so when they do, we call them out. Included here are lots of winners that let teachers make custom assignments or keep track of student progress. Others have materials and lesson plans that help teachers extend lessons to the classroom.

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
DreamBox Learning Math Publisher: DreamBox Learning
Individualized, game-based math adapts to kids' needs
Grades K-8
Type Game
Price 12.95/month
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Scratch Visit Website: http://scratch.mit.edu/
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Prodigy Publisher: Smart Teacher
Adaptive math practice wrapped in role-playing adventure
Grades 1-8
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Mangahigh Visit Website: https://www.mangahigh.com/en-us/
Phenomenal adaptive math games with a killer teacher dashboard
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
The Oregon Trail Publisher: Gameloft
Strong pioneer simulation game with secondary emphasis on history
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Gamestar Mechanic Publisher: Institute of Play and E-Line Media
Captivating manga romp teaches kids game design
Grades 4-9
Type Game
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
iCivics Visit Website: http://www.icivics.org/
Assortment of exceptionally well-designed games demystifies government
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Coaster Crafter: Build. Ride. Scream! Visit Website: https://s.ncta.com/CoasterCrafter/Default.aspx
Cleverly draws on love of coasters to teach velocity, force, motion
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Quandary Publisher: Learning Games Network
Slick but dialogue heavy ethics game teaches students to make tough decisions
Grades 2-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
MinecraftEdu
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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