Apps, Games, and Websites That Promote 21st-Century Skills

In our increasingly digital and media-driven society, skills such as digital literacy, self-directed learning, media creation, and creativity are highly valued and rewarded. Kids can dig in and expand these skills as they experiment with apps for coding, tackle fun DIY challenges, and build their own unique simulation worlds.

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Alien Assignment App Poster Image
Cute storyline for problem solving; great family fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame App Poster Image
Adorable monster de-stresses kids with Sesame Street style.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Sesame Street: Solve It with Elmo, Abby & Super Grover 2.0! Game Poster Image
Science learning with Super Grover 2.0 is fun and silly.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2013)
(2013)
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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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Super Stretch Yoga HD App Poster Image
Get kids moving and relaxing with warm video intro to yoga.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2012)
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Toca Town App Poster Image
Impressive open-play town puts kids in charge of the fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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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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Hoopa City App Poster Image
Delightful discoveries abound with world-building open play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney-Pixar Monsters University Game Poster Image
Kids develop scary-good logic skills with Mike and Sulley.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2013)
(2013)
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My DPS App Poster Image
Fantastic app teaches emotions, coping strategies for kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
(2012)
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Book Creator App Poster Image
Magically easy way to create and publish books.
Devices: iPad, Chromebook
(2011)
(2016)
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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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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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DIY Website Poster Image
DIY
Maker community celebrates skill building and creativity.
URL: http://www.diy.org
(2013)
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DIY App - Creative Community for Kids App Poster Image
Kids learn, share, and build skills on excellent social app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2015)
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The Carnegie Cyber Academy Website Poster Image
Complete fun challenges, learn how to be safe online.
URL: http://www.carnegiecyberacademy.com/
(2012)
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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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Green Screen by Do Ink App Poster Image
Make cool creations with accessible green-screen technology.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2015)
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Notability App Poster Image
Creative tool lets kids jazz up notes with audio, photos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac
(2013)
(2013)
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Thomas Was Alone Game Poster Image
Fun platformer with a lovely story about friendship.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge! Game Poster Image
Environmental-issues sim teaches real-world solutions.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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My Pop Studio Website Poster Image
Great way for kids to learn critical thinking.
URL: http://www.mypopstudio.com
(2012)
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Animoto Video Slideshow Maker App Poster Image
Freemium slideshow tool better on privacy than similar apps.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2012)
(2017)
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Codea App Poster Image
Innovative tool for programming on the iPad.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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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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ConversationBuilderTeen App Poster Image
Engaging way to practice peer conversations, tricky topics.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2013)
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Evernote App Poster Image
Organization tool helps kids manage their digital lives.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
(2013)
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Explain Everything Whiteboard App Poster Image
Powerhouse presentation tool has a multitude of features.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2018)
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Hackety Hack Website Poster Image
Easy programming tool teaches basics, has online sharing.
URL: http://www.hackety.com/
(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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TouchCast Studio App Poster Image
Awesome video creator presents some privacy concerns.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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