2013 ON for Learning Award Winners

Common Sense Media's ON for Learning Award is given to the very best in kids' digital media. We are excited to recognize the just over 50 apps, games, and websites that received our highest rating for learning potential. Find more learning ratings and reviews here. If you're a developer or a publisher, learn more about the ON for Learning Award here.
 

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AlphaTots App Poster Image
"E" is for an excellent educational app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
(2011)
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Curiosityville Website Poster Image
Charming site tracks kids' progress in learning games.
URL: http://www.curiosityville.com
(2012)
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Elmo Loves ABCs App Poster Image
Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Kinect Sesame Street TV Game Poster Image
Excellent example of educational interactive television.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter App Poster Image
Innovative music app gets young kids composing.
Devices: iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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PBS KIDS Lab Website Poster Image
Learning games for the preschooler set are fun, fun, fun.
URL: http://pbskids.org/lab/
(2012)
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ItzaZoo Game Poster Image
Exciting learn-to-read game incorporates your drawings.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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JumpStart 3D Virtual World Game Poster Image
Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Jake and the Never Land Pirates Game Poster Image
Games, treasure, and free exploration = swashbuckling fun.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2012)
(2012)
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Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics in English, Spanish, French & Italian App Poster Image
Self-directed, fun, simple lessons will engage prereaders.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2014)
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Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Game Poster Image
Engaging and funny interactive adventures are pure joy.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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SesameStreet.org Website Poster Image
Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.
URL: http://www.sesamestreet.org
(2008)
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Sid's Science Fair App Poster Image
Engaging app lets kids experiment, explore with TV faves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Starfall All About Me App Poster Image
Familiar themes boost learning for new readers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Starfall.com Website Poster Image
Outstanding learn-to-read site sure to engage little ones.
URL: http://www.starfall.com/
(2011)
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Starfall Learn to Read App Poster Image
Great reading activities fit a range of skill levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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BrainPOP Jr. Website Poster Image
Animated educational content for kids to explore, for a fee.
URL: https://jr.brainpop.com/
(2011)
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DragonBox Algebra 5+ App Poster Image
Kids learn concepts of algebra in stellar game app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2012)
(2016)
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DreamBox Learning Math Game Poster Image
Online math game adjusts in difficulty as you play.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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Love to Count by Pirate Trio App Poster Image
Helps young kids understand why math skills are important.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2015)
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Marble Math Junior App Poster Image
Younger kids' version of great math app holds its own.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Oh Noah! Website Poster Image
Learn Spanish along with title character, mistakes and all.
URL: http://pbskids.org/noah/index.html
(2012)
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Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science Website Poster Image
Fun, smart science games and activities.
URL: https://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/
(2012)
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The Magic School Bus: Oceans Game Poster Image
Hooks kids with fun games and loads them with knowledge.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Math Blaster Online Game Poster Image
Exciting-yet-educational games in safe, social world.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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Numbers League App Poster Image
Superheroes defeat villains in original, creative math app.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2017)
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Art Academy Game Poster Image
Thorough, fun lessons will genuinely help your art.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
(2010)
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Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone Game Poster Image
Outstanding painting software can make anyone an artist.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Body and Brain Connection Game Poster Image
Mini-games make you think, get you active, and are fun, too.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Britannica Kids: Solar System App Poster Image
Great interactive reference tool with space games and quiz.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2011)
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Cosmos Chaos Game Poster Image
Imaginative sci-fi RPG entertains as it builds vocabulary.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
(2010)
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The Daring Game for Girls Game Poster Image
Great girl-power messages, lots of variety and fun.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
(2010)
(2010)
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Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book App Poster Image
Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Lifeboat to Mars Game Poster Image
Free online ecosystem game makes learning biology fun.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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National Geographic Kids Website Poster Image
Lots of educational content, but stuffed with ads, promos.
URL: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
(2007)
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Webonauts Internet Academy Game Poster Image
Amusing and informative fable teaches Internet safety.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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Marble Math App Poster Image
Marble mazes make for fun math practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2013)
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Gamestar Mechanic Game Poster Image
Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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Mission US: Flight to Freedom Game Poster Image
Riveting sim where your choices decide fate of teen slave.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Super Scribblenauts Game Poster Image
The ultimate puzzle game for imagination and creativity.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
(2010)
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Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings Game Poster Image
Fab expansion to historical sim adds religion to the mix.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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iCivics Website Poster Image
Engaging games give kids safe, smart civics lessons.
URL: http://www.icivics.org/
(2012)
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Khan Academy Website Poster Image
Excellent tutorials on math, humanities, and more, for free.
URL: http://www.khanacademy.org
(2013)
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Professor Layton and the Last Specter Game Poster Image
Captivating puzzle game makes doing brainteasers a blast.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Game Poster Image
Superb puzzler is a smart treat for kids and their parents.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Codecademy Website Poster Image
Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.
URL: http://www.codecademy.com
(2012)
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SAT Word Slam App Poster Image
A slam dunk for helping teens' vocabulary to ... burgeon.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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