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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Browse 2013 ON for Learning Award Winners

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"E" is for an excellent educational app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
Curiosityville Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Charming site tracks kids' progress in learning games.
URL: http://www.curiosityville.com
(2012)
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Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
LEARNING
Excellent example of educational interactive television.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
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Innovative music app gets young kids composing.
Devices: iPad
(2012)
PBS KIDS Lab Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Learning games for the preschooler set are fun, fun, fun.
URL: http://pbskids.org/lab/
(2012)
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Exciting learn-to-read game incorporates your drawings.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
LEARNING
Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
LEARNING
Games, treasure, and free exploration = swashbuckling fun.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2012)
LEARNING
Self-directed, fun, simple lessons will engage prereaders.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
LEARNING
Engaging and funny interactive adventures are pure joy.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
SesameStreet.org Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.
URL: http://www.sesamestreet.org
(2008)
LEARNING
Engaging app lets kids experiment, explore with TV faves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
LEARNING
Familiar themes boost learning for new readers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
Starfall.com Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Outstanding learn-to-read site sure to engage little ones.
URL: http://www.starfall.com/
(2011)
LEARNING
Great reading activities fit a range of skill levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
BrainPOP Jr. Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Animated educational content for kids to explore, for a fee.
URL: http://www.brainpopjr.com
(2011)
LEARNING
Kids learn concepts of algebra in stellar game app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2012)
DreamBox Learning Math Game Poster Image
LEARNING
Online math game adjusts in difficulty as you play.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
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LEARNING
Electric Company app helps kids learn to express emotions.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
LEARNING
Helps young kids understand why math skills are important.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
LEARNING
Younger kids' version of great math app holds its own.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
Oh Noah! Website Poster Image
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Learn Spanish along with title character, mistakes and all.
URL: http://pbskids.org/noah/index.html
(2012)
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LEARNING
Create amazing multi-scene cartoons with musical scores.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science Website Poster Image
LEARNING
Fun, smart science games and activities.
URL: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/
(2012)
LEARNING
Hooks kids with fun games and loads them with knowledge.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2011)
LEARNING
Exciting-yet-educational games in safe, social world.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2011)
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LEARNING
Superheroes defeat villains in original, creative math app.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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LEARNING
Thorough, fun lessons will genuinely help your art.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
LEARNING
Outstanding painting software can make anyone an artist.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
LEARNING
Mini-games make you think, get you active, and are fun, too.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
LEARNING
Great interactive reference tool with space games and quiz.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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Imaginative sci-fi RPG entertains as it builds vocabulary.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
LEARNING
Great girl-power messages, lots of variety and fun.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
LEARNING
Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Lifeboat to Mars Game Poster Image
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LEARNING
Free online ecosystem game makes learning biology fun.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
National Geographic Kids Website Poster Image
LEARNING
Lots of educational content, but stuffed with ads, promos.
URL: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
(2007)
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LEARNING
Incredibly in-depth archeology sim brings history to life.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
Webonauts Internet Academy Game Poster Image
LEARNING
Amusing and informative fable teaches Internet safety.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2010)
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LEARNING
Marble mazes make for fun math practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
Gamestar Mechanic Game Poster Image
LEARNING
Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
Mission US: Flight to Freedom Game Poster Image
LEARNING
Riveting sim where your choices decide fate of teen slave.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
LEARNING
The ultimate puzzle game for imagination and creativity.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
LEARNING
Fab expansion to historical sim adds religion to the mix.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2012)
iCivics Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Engaging games give kids safe, smart civics lessons.
URL: http://www.icivics.org/
(2012)
Khan Academy Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Great academic videos with math practice for skills mastery.
URL: http://www.khanacademy.org
(2013)
LEARNING
Captivating puzzle game makes doing brainteasers a blast.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2011)
LEARNING
Superb puzzler is a smart treat for kids and their parents.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
Codecademy Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.
URL: http://www.codecademy.com
(2012)
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LEARNING
A slam dunk for helping teens' vocabulary to ... burgeon.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)