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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Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover! Game Poster Image
Health and fitness are the focus in this cute, active game.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
(2011)
(2011)
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TallyTots App Poster Image
Great interactive tool for toddlers learning to count.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
(2012)
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Dora's Cooking Club Game Poster Image
Fantastic, fun math game baked into a cooking sim.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
(2010)
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Elmo Loves 123s App Poster Image
Kids learn numbers with beloved Muppets.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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Every Body Has a Brain Game Poster Image
Innovative way to learn about gray matter.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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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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Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: New Year's Celebration Game Poster Image
Virtual Chinese New Year with perfectly designed games.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2009)
(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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LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary App Poster Image
Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Ansel and Clair's Adventures in Africa App Poster Image
Stunning interactive geography and animal-science game.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2013)
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Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity App Poster Image
Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2016)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Cooking Recipes on the Road Game Poster Image
Kids cook up fun foods and plenty of math skills.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2013)
(2013)
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Proloquo2Go - Symbol-based AAC App Poster Image
Skillful speech app helps kids communicate, grows with them.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2016)
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Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island App Poster Image
Eco-friendly game makes kids masters of their own islands.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2013)
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Bobo Explores Light App Poster Image
Thorough, and thoroughly entertaining, interactive science.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Herotopia Game Poster Image
Online world where kids become heroes by combating bullying.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(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)
(2011)
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Motion Math: Zoom App Poster Image
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Clever way to learn number line; purchase unlocks full app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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PBS KIDS Website Poster Image
Loads of super-educational games and activities.
URL: http://pbskids.org/
(2007)
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ExploreLearning Reflex Website Poster Image
Fun games, friendly guides help kids build math fluency.
URL: https://www.reflexmath.com
(2013)
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Design Squad Global Website Poster Image
Fun PBS site introduces kids to engineering.
URL: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
(2012)
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Kinect Nat Geo TV Game Poster Image
Nature-themed interactive TV software puts kids in the show.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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LittleBigPlanet - PS Vita Game Poster Image
Wildly creative game lets kids stretch their imagination.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2012)
(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)
(2011)
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The Social Express II App Poster Image
Engaging animated lessons help kids learn key social skills.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2017)
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Tearaway Game Poster Image
Amazing, creative adventure melds real and virtual worlds.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2013)
(2013)
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Wonderbook: Walking with Dinosaurs Game Poster Image
Fun, augmented-reality edutainment filled with cool facts.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2013)
(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)
(2009)
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DIY Website Poster Image
DIY
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)
(2011)
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Re-Mission 2 Game Poster Image
Six fun games turn cancer treatment into a winnable battle.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Algodoo Game Poster Image
2-D physics sandbox fosters awesome inventions.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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GarageBand App Poster Image
Powerful sequencer lets kids create pro-quality recordings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac
(2013)
(2017)
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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)
(2011)
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Zoo Tycoon Game Poster Image
Fantastic animal and business simulation, fun for all ages.
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2013)
(2013)
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Minecraft Game Poster Image
Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2011)
(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)
(2011)
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Scribblenauts Remix App Poster Image
Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2011)
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Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World Game Poster Image
Brilliant expansion makes Civ V more edifying than ever.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Google Art Project Website Poster Image
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)
(2013)
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Mobile Observatory App Poster Image
Impressive tool for stargazing, learning about astronomy.
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2012)
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Mozilla Thimble Website Poster Image
Fantastic online editor teaches kids to write the Web.
URL: https://thimble.mozilla.org/
(2015)
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BioDigital Human Website Poster Image
Explore the vast human body with outstanding anatomy tool.
URL: https://www.biodigitalhuman.com
(2014)
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Duolingo Website Poster Image
Stellar game-based lessons make for solid language learning
URL: http://duolingo.com/
(2013)
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Get the Math Website Poster Image
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)
(2013)
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Procreate App Poster Image
Awesome professional-level tool for digital artists.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2016)
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Autodesk Sketchbook App Poster Image
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
(2013)
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