2014 ON for Learning Award Winners

Common Sense Media's ON for Learning Award is given to the very best in kids' digital media. Our Learning Ratings program is designed to help families find the apps, games, and websites that truly deliver experiences that enrich and delight kids, helping them thrive with media and technology. We are excited to recognize these 55 apps, games, and websites for earning the highest learning rating from Common Sense Media during the past year.

 

Find more learning ratings and reviews here. If you're a developer or publisher, learn more about the ON for Learning Award here. Download a printable list of the winners here.
 

To see products for classroom use, please see our list for educators located on the Graphite website here.

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Health and fitness are the focus in this cute, active game.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
(2011)
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Great interactive tool for toddlers learning to count.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
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Fantastic, fun math game baked into a cooking sim.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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Kids learn numbers with beloved Muppets.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Every Body Has a Brain Game Poster Image
Innovative way to learn about gray matter.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
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Virtual Chinese New Year with perfectly designed games.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2009)
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PBS KIDS PLAY! Website Poster Image
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Educational site entertains and teaches.
URL: http://www.pbskidsplay.org
(2008)
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Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.
Devices: iPad, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Stunning interactive geography and animal-science game.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Kids cook up fun foods and plenty of math skills.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2013)
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Skillful speech app helps kids communicate, grows with them.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Eco-friendly game makes kids masters of their own islands.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Thorough, and thoroughly entertaining, interactive science.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Online world where kids become heroes by combating bullying.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Monkey Tales: The Princess of Sundara Game Poster Image
Edutainment game makes doing 2nd grade math fun.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Clever way to learn number line; purchase unlocks full app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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PBS KIDS Website Poster Image
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Loads of super-educational games and activities.
URL: http://pbskids.org/
(2007)
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Reflex: Math Fact Fluency Website Poster Image
Fun games, friendly guides help kids build math fluency.
URL: https://www.reflexmath.com
(2013)
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Design Squad Nation Website Poster Image
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Fun PBS site introduces kids to engineering.
URL: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
(2012)
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Nature-themed interactive TV software puts kids in the show.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
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Wildly creative game lets kids stretch their imagination.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2012)
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Monkey Tales: The Museum of Anything Game Poster Image
Fun action adventure game requires logic and 3rd grade math.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Engaging animated lessons help kids learn key social skills.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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Amazing, creative adventure melds real and virtual worlds.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2013)
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Fun, augmented-reality edutainment filled with cool facts.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2013)
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Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters Game Poster Image
DSi-only download game focuses on language and drawing.
Platforms: Nintendo DSi
(2009)
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DIY Website Poster Image
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Maker community celebrates skill building and creativity.
URL: http://www.diy.org
(2013)
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Monkey Tales: The Abbey of Aviath Game Poster Image
Adventure game uses 4th grade math in fun mini-games.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Re-Mission 2 Game Poster Image
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Six fun games turn cancer treatment into a winnable battle.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
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2-D physics sandbox fosters awesome inventions.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
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Powerful sequencer lets kids create pro-quality recordings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Monkey Tales: The Castle of Draconian Game Poster Image
Fun adventure game uses 5th grade math in gameplay.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Fantastic animal and business simulation, fun for all ages.
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2013)
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Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2011)
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Monkey Tales: The Valley of the Jackal Game Poster Image
Exciting adventure that incorporates 6th grade math.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
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Brilliant expansion makes Civ V more edifying than ever.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
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Google Art Project Website Poster Image
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Vast collection of global art brings the museums to you.
URL: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/art-project
(2013)
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Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey Game Poster Image
History adventure challenges kids to make difficult choices.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
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Impressive tool for stargazing, learning about astronomy.
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Mozilla Thimble Website Poster Image
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Fantastic online editor teaches kids to write the Web.
URL: https://thimble.mozilla.org/
(2015)
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BioDigital Human Website Poster Image
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Explore the vast human body with outstanding anatomy tool.
URL: https://www.biodigitalhuman.com
(2014)
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Duolingo Website Poster Image
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Stellar game-based lessons make for solid language learning
URL: http://duolingo.com/
(2013)
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Get the Math Website Poster Image
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Real people, real problems, real-world algebra solutions.
URL: http://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/
(2013)
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Half the Sky Movement: The Game Game Poster Image
Empowering sim explores women's issues and activism.
Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
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Awesome professional-level tool for digital artists.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2013)
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