Top Pick

Teachers' Top Picks for Out-of-School Learning

Learning doesn't stop just because school's out! Here's a list of top recommendations from our expert teachers. With these great apps, games, and websites, kids can practice core skills, as well as pursue lifelong learning in whatever interests them most. Parents take note!

1.
Motion Math: Hungry Guppy Publisher: Motion Math
Kids have a splashing good time learning addition with this colorful guppy
Grades Pre-K-2
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
2.
PBS KIDS GO! Visit Website: http://www.pbskids.org/go
One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS KIDS educational content
Grades Pre-K-6
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
3.
Reading Rainbow Publisher: Reading Rainbow
Kids can "go anywhere, be anything" with vast book and video library
Grades K-4
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, Kindle Fire
Graphite Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
4.
Toontastic Publisher: Launchpad Toys
Writer, actor, director: Kids play all parts in riveting storytelling tool
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Graphite Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
5.
Code.org Visit Website: http://www.code.org
Popular games, big names get kids pumped to program in just an hour
Grades 2-10
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
6.
Book Creator Publisher: Red Jumper Studio
Magically easy way to create and publish multimedia, digital books
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $2.49-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
7.
DIY Visit Website: http://www.diy.org
Design, build, and share new things offline and online
Grades 3-10
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
8.
Edheads Visit Website: http://www.edheads.org
Realistic, appealing simulations deliver superb science content
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
9.
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
Graphite Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
10.
iMovie Publisher: Apple
Pro-quality HD movie maker is easy enough for beginners
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
11.
Khan Academy Visit Website: http://www.khanacademy.org
Missions boost math learning with balance of focus, freedom to explore
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
12.
DragonBox Algebra 12+ Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
Super fun, cutting-edge approach to learning and practicing algebra
Grades 6-8
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Graphite Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
13.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Publisher: 2K Games
Legendary strategy game is a hit with history buffs in school and out
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price 49.99
Platforms Windows
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
14.
Historypin Visit Website: http://www.historypin.com
Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
15.
SAT Vocab - MindSnacks Publisher: MindSnacks
Variety is key in charmingly effective SAT vocab app
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4