August 9, 2013

Common Core-Friendly Apps for Parents and Kids

Mobile apps keep kids and parents connected to the new Common Core state standards.

The shift to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will be an adjustment for teachers, parents, and students alike. To make the transition a little smoother, the edtech community has created a number of free or inexpensive mobile apps aligned with the Common Core standards. Writing over at, Adam Stone shares some highlights:

Common Core Standards by MasteryConnect
The Common Core is more than just a broad outline of educational objectives. It’s a detailed program of action with specific aims and goals for every step of the learning experience...This app makes it easier for teachers, students and parents to see at a glance just what the curriculum requires. Sift by subject, age and requirements to get right to the specifics of any given element within the curriculum. This offers a fast and easy way to view the Common Core standards.

Alphabet Zoo by Third Rail, LLC
For the youngest readers, literacy begins with associating letters and sounds. Designed around Common Core competencies, this 99 cent app lets kids ages 2 through 5 play with animals, generating simple sounds in a way that is fun and entertaining...Kids who engage in these simple phonics exercises will be working toward the foundational skills for reading at the kindergarten levels, as defined by the Common Core standards.

Learn Math 1 by Mingoville
On the cheerful island of Mondiso, early learners can acquire Common Core math skills in an array of entertaining ways. In this free app, kids can learn to focus by following simple instructions to stack boxes, shop in the junk shop and play basic board games. It all adds up to fun for kids, while parents can know their young learners are getting an early start on the Common Core math requirements.

Scootpad by Scootpad
This app offers both math and language for K-5 according to the Common Core guidelines. The app can be configured for multiple kids, each receiving personalized learning exercises according to his or her abilities. Parents and teachers can track student progress, measuring overall performance in real time and setting targets for proficiency in various topics. The basic app is free, with additional features available in paid versions.

We’ll be on the lookout for additional apps aligned to the Common Core standards, especially those designed to keep you and your child in the loop. Stay tuned!

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