Apps and Websites for Kids with Learning and Attention Issues: Top Picks from Common Sense Education

Browse these Top Picks to discover the best in educational apps and websites that support children with learning and attention issues in these areas: emotional intelligence, social skills, and executive function. You'll also find recommendations for quality assistive technology to support kids who are struggling with reading.

Browse these Top Picks to discover the best in educational apps and websites that support children with learning and attention issues in these areas: emotional intelligence, social skills, and executive function. You'll also find recommendations for quality assistive technology to support kids who are struggling with reading. All of the tools are expert-tested and teacher-approved, and regularly updated by the team at Common Sense Education.

Apps curated by Common Sense Education.

 

Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is knowing what emotions are, how they work, and how to use them and manage them for social interaction and learning. Students also need the capacity to recognize other people's emotions. This collection of top-notch apps and games will help students with everything from anger management to emotional identification to meditation.

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Executive function

Executive function — how to plan, organize, remember, and carry out tasks as well as manage emotions — is tied closely to success in school and life. Just about everyone struggles with these skills, and some students face significant challenges. These websites and apps can help.

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Social skills

Whether they read a story about friendship, practice meditation techniques, or learn about body language, students can benefit from tools that teach emotional intelligence and mindfulness. The apps and sites on this list will help kids express themselves, interact with others, identify and manage emotions, and develop meaningful relationships.

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Assistive technology for reading

Many students live with challenges that limit their reading abilities. Thankfully, there's a range of apps and websites available to help kids with dyslexia, vision impairment, or other disabilities. These tools can also be useful to students who just need some extra assistance with reading fluency or comprehension. Here you'll find screen readers and text-to-speech tools as well as full libraries of texts that make text accessible to students of all abilities.

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Finding your next favorite edtech tool

By Danny Wagner, Common Sense Education

Are you overwhelmed by the number of edtech tools available? Are you unsure how to best use the tools you already love? Common Sense Education’s free Ratings and Reviews platform makes it easy to find the latest and greatest apps, games, and websites for your classroom.

What’s it all about?

Our unbiased editorial reviews are based on a research-backed rubric developed specifically to evaluate the learning potential of digital tools. The rubric evaluates three key qualities essential to great digital learning experiences -- engagement, pedagogy, and support. Our editors and reviewers are experts in edtech, scholars in child development, instructional designers, K–12 subject area experts, and school technology leaders.

The in-depth reviews focus on a number of factors that are important to teachers: price and platform, appropriate grade level, if the tools is good for learning, how teachers can use it in the classroom, and more. Along with our evaluation, we’ve welcomed teachers to submit their own star rating and a breakdown of how they use the tool in their classes.

How can I use it?

  • Search  apps, games, and websites by grade, subject, price, and more.
  • Compare our expert review to reviews submitted by teachers.
  • Access a wealth of Tips and Resources to help you use tech in your classroom.
  • Find Lesson Plans that are built around technology.
  • Learn more about protecting students’ privacy through our Privacy Evaluations.
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