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Join Common Sense Media's monthly #appyhour Hangout series to hear how educators are using digital tools for learning. You can watch live via YouTube and tweet along at #appyhour. RSVP for the next session below.

Inspiring Students to Design Great Cities with SimCity  

July 29, 1:00-1:30pm PST RSVP Here

SimCity is an always-online, fast-paced, intuitive, and forgiving city simulator that lets kids build (and destroy) single-player cities in multiplayer regions. Students can learn about what makes a great city, city management by keeping a budget, running a surplus, or issue bonds to keep afloat. Kids can play together in the same region, or as a single player who manages all the cities in it. In this Appy Hour, videgame journalist, critic, and teacher David Thomas will present on how SimCity can be used by teachers. 

View the session live on Common Sense Education's YouTube channel, and join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #appyhour.

Presenter: David Thomas, Director of Academic Technology at CU Online at the University of Colorado at Denver. See David’s profile on Graphite.

Host: Jason Jackson, Schools Program Manager for West Virginia, Common Sense Media

Watch Previous Appy Hour Videos

Using the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Website for Early Childhood SEL (Recorded on June 26, 2014) Watch Video

Help young children's social and emotional learning with warm, loving messages delivered on the PBS KIDS' Mister Rogers' Neighborhood website, an interactive online extension of the classic and much-loved TV show. Hear from early childhood educators about how teachers and childcare providers can use the site with young children to promote social and emotional learning.

Challenge Math and Science Learners with Brilliant (Recorded on April 21, 2014) Watch Video

Brilliant is a free website that challenges high-achieving middle and high school students in math and physics. Hear from a high school teacher and Graphite Reviewer of Brilliant for ideas on using this compelling site.

How Subtext Supports Common Core Standards (Recorded on March 17, 2014) Watch Video

Subtext is a collaborative digital reader in which students can access, annotate, and engage with literature in the classroom. The app lets you access, purchase, or import any text, and annotate, highlight, comment, and add instruction to texts. Co-hosted by Educator Innovator, this Appy Hour features two superstar teachers demonstrating Subtext and showing how it supports Common Core Standards.

How ClassDojo Gives Your Class Mojo (Recorded on February 14, 2014) Watch Video

ClassDojo is a classroom management and task assignment tool that provides real-time feedback for students on how they’re meeting classroom expectations. It’s a great way to track student behavior and set expectations and goals for students, and it offers ways for teachers to share this information with parents.

Responsive Teaching With Socrative (Recorded on December 16, 2013) Watch Video

Socrative is a powerful student response system that helps support responsive teaching. Create custom quizzes with instant responses to gauge student learning, or give students instant access to peer ideas. Hear how expert educators are using Socrative and get ideas for your classroom.

All Things Edmodo  (Recorded on November 12, 2013) Watch Video

Edmodo is a platform that allows teachers and students to post, collaborate, and submit class work in a safe social network-like setting. As one of our top-viewed tools on Graphite, we wanted to devote an Appy Hour to this great resource.

Best ELA Apps and Websites Aligned to Common Core  (Recorded on October 29, 2013)  Watch Video

Cut through the clutter and use the best apps for ELA learning. Tools featured include Storydice, Evernote, and Shakespeare in Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition.

Best Math Apps and Websites Aligned to Common Core (Recorded on September 11, 2013) Watch Video

Learn from expert educators about digital tools that meet Common Core State Standards for math. Tools featured include Bugs and Numbers, DragonBox+Algebra, and Slice It!

Great Tools for Production-Centered Design (Recorded on August 20, 2013) Watch Video

Hosted by Educator Innovator. Tools featured include PixtonAnimotoMinecraftHackasaurusPrezi, and Voicethread.

Best Apps for Back-to-School (Recorded on August 15, 2013) Watch Video

Gear up for back-to-school with great apps, websites, and games to get students going, help their study habits, and organize effective workflow. Tools featured include Word Flex Touch Dictionary for iPad, Poll Everywhere, BrainPop Jr., and Reflex: Math Fact Fluency.

Great Apps for the Classroom (Recorded on August 6, 2013) Watch Video

Hosted by Launchpad Toys. Tools featured include ToontasticBrainPopMotion Math, and Spinlight Studios.

Essential Apps for the 1:1 Classroom (Recorded on July 10, 2013) Watch Video

Cut through app clutter and deploy the very best apps for 1:1 learning from the start. Hear from expert educators and view the session live on our YouTube link. Tools featured include Animoto, Google Earth, Google Art, Shmoop.

What Makes an App Have Great Learning Potential? (Recorded on June 24, 2013) Watch Video

In this presentation from the ISTE conference, learn about Graphite's detailed rubric that scores each digital learning product on 15 dimensions and produces a rating, making it easy for teachers to identify the best tools for learning.