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Friday, August 18, 2017

Technology Favorite Websites



Great games and activities for kids in the K-5 range based on PBS programming.

A fantastic learning website for kids with games broken out  by  grade level.  It list games by type as well: letters, numbers, holiday, etc.
A great website for kids based on Canadian programming.  There are games and activities for kids in the 5 & Under range and the 6-11 age range. 
Moana: Wayfinding with Code
The Walt Disney Company
Grades 2+ | Blocks
The new Disney Hour of Code tutorial uses a visual programming language using blocks where students simply drag and drop visual blocks to write code. Visual programming is a fun and easily understood way to teach the logic of coding. Exposure to visual programming lays the foundation for text-based programming, a more complex activity. The tutorial is targeted for kids ages 8+ and those trying coding for the first time.

Star Wars: Hour of Code: Building a Galaxy with Code
Grades 2+ | Blocks, JavaScript
Learn to program droids, and create your own Star Wars game in a galaxy far, far away.

Minecraft Hour of Code
Mojang, Microsoft and
Grades 2+ | Blocks
Use blocks of code to take Alex or Steve on an adventure through this Minecraft world.
Code with Anna and Elsa
Grades 2+ | Blocks
Let's use code to join Anna and Elsa as they explore the magic and beauty of ice. You will create snowflakes and patterns as you ice-skate and make a winter wonderland that you can then share with your friends!

Make a Flappy game
Grades 2+ | Blocks
Use drag-and-drop programming to make your own Flappy Bird game, and customize it to look different (Flappy Shark, Flappy Santa, whatever). Add the game to your phone in one click.

Infinity Play Lab
Grades 2-8 | Blocks
Use Play Lab to create a story or game starring Disney Infinity characters.

Super Solvers: Outnumbered is a great game with addition and subtraction word problems and drills. Probably for Grades 1-3.


Reader Rabbit 3 is a fantastic reading game from the early 90s. 

Tagxedo is a great word manipulation program.  Upload your own image or choose one of the ones that they have ready to go. Tagxedo works best in Internet Explorer. You will need Microsoft Silverlight to make it work.

NitroType is a free website where you can compete with other typists in a race. 

Fun to Type has several extremely fun typing games.

A fun website for kids with lots of literacy,
vocabulary and typing style games.

Try not to die of dysentery as you travel 2,000 miles from Missouri to the Oregon Territory in this old-school game.


A fantastic game for the K-3 age range with games that focus on reading.

Number Munchers is a classic game where you can learn about multiples, primes, factors and face a special challenge all while confounding the Troggles.

TypingWeb is an excellent website that tracks student progress.  Students in grades 5-8 have their own login and password.  

DanceMat typing is a wonderful introduction to typing that can be  very helpful to the primary grade kids when first learning where to find the letters of the keyboard. 


This website reinforces the Superkids program the kids learn daily in grades K-2. There are interesting books and great games to help practice reading skills.


Chase Carmen Sandiego and her team of VILE henchmen around the world. This is archived old-school software at it's best.  

Another fantastic old-school software game from 1994 - great for 4th grade.

Mario Teaches Typing in 2 minute segments and you can choose your character. 

XtraMath is used a lot by our 2nd and 3rd grade students 

Math Playground has a great assortment of math and strategy games for all ages and skill levels. is a website where students can learn the basics of coding using block-based programming.


NetSmartzKids is a program from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Kids that helps children learn to "use their netsmartz."  This site features games, e-books, videos and activities for students in the 5-17 age range.


A product of Intel and Discovery Education, Think Before You Link is a full-course on Internet safety and includes the three main issues: cyber-safety, cyber-security and cyber-ethics.

Hector's World is an Australian series of six videos about 
staying safe online and out in the world.
Festisite is a website that allows you to manipulate text in new and interesting ways. My favorite is the heart spiral.

Splashmath is a wonderful website for 1st and 2nd grade math. Earn coins to buy fish for your aquarium or animals for your jungle.  Or save up enough coins to buy a whole new world.

Kids in Grades 3 - 8 love to play Sumdog because it allows them to get competitive about math. Who can resist when there are coins to earn, houses to decorate and classmates to crush?