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Social Studies Tools Backed by Research

A lot of tech tools claim to have learning benefits, but how do teachers know which are the real deal? One way is to look either for tech that's inspired by the latest research into learning, pedagogy, and instructional design or tech that's been evaluated by researchers. It's not always easy to find this information, so we've curated a list of social studies apps, games, and websites that fit the bill.

Flocabulary Visit Website: http://www.flocabulary.com/
Schoolhouse Rock meets Tupac in this delightful hip-hop-based platform
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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Who Am I? Race Awareness Game Publisher: Playtime Interactive
Q&A game gets students talking about diversity honestly, responsibly
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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News-O-Matic for School, 2016-17 Nonfiction Reading Publisher: Press4Kids
Flexible, interactive daily stories for elementary school students
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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News-2-You Publisher: AssistiveWare
Draw kids into weekly news with powerful symbols and voice narration
Grades 2-6
Type App
Price $1.99 per newspaper; $54.99 per year
Platforms iPad
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iCivics Visit Website: http://www.icivics.org/
Exceptionally well-designed games, lesson plans demystify government
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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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
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SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge! Publisher: GlassLab
Truncated environmental city-planning sim geared toward classrooms
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
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Peacemaker Publisher: Impact Games
Compelling test of kids' empathy and problem-solving skills
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
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