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Tech for Cross-Curricular Learning

Math, ELA, science, social studies, and art are all mixed up in the real world, so why not the classroom? Interdisciplinary teaching can help students make connections between subject areas and transfer concepts and skills between classrooms. This list of apps, games, and websites -- each of which blends two or more traditionally separate subject areas --  will help interdisciplinarity blossom, adding new dimensions to learning.

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ArtsEdge Visit Website: https://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators.aspx
Impressive cross-curricular resource helps put the A in STEAM
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Defined STEM Visit Website: https://app.definedstem.com/home
Stellar collection of STEM resources supports project-based learning
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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Expeditions Publisher: Google Inc
Fire up the warp drive to bring VR field trips to your classroom
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Smithsonian Learning Lab Visit Website: https://learninglab.si.edu/
Discover, create, remix, and share Smithsonian resources
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Ted-Ed Visit Website: http://ed.ted.com
Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short videos
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Tuva Labs Visit Website: https://tuvalabs.com/
Access to curated data sets has tons of potential, needs more teacher support
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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StoryCorps Visit Website: http://storycorps.org/
From the everyday to the extraordinary, personal interviews get kids listening
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Big History Project Visit Website: https://www.bighistoryproject.com
Fascinating look at life's bigger questions with a fresh perspective
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Make New Creations

Scratch Visit Website: http://scratch.mit.edu/
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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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
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Design Squad Nation Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
Classmates can compete to solve fun engineering problems
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
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DIY Visit Website: http://www.diy.org
Design, build, and share new things offline and online
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
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DIY - Skills For Kids Publisher: DIY
From cardboarding to cooking, this app helps kids find the fun in DIY
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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SPRK Lightning Lab - Programming for Sphero Robots Publisher: Orbotix Inc.
Cool robots and creative play make programming irresistible
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
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Tap Into Game-Based Learning

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
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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
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Mayan Mysteries Publisher: Dig-It Games
Captivating archaeology adventure about ancient Mayan culture
Grades 4-9
Type Game
Price $3.99
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
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Mars Gen One: Argubot Academy Publisher: GlassLab
Hone powerful persuasive skills on a red-planet adventure
Grades 6-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
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Professor Layton and the Curious Village Publisher: Nintendo
Brilliant, charming puzzler challenges kids' ELA and math skills
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price 30
Platforms 3DS, Nintendo DS
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