Here are reviews of six high-quality apps, tools, and websites that can help teach social studies concepts, courtesy of Common Sense Media and its new Graphite service—a free database of teacher-written reviews of learning technologies.

studies-learningGoogle Earth

Learning rating: 4
Grade range: 3-12
What is it? Virtual globe shines with breathtaking features, endless possibility.
Pros: The social studies learning possibilities really are endless; it’s easily integrated into learning activities across the curriculum.
Cons: Differences in photo details and quality by location limits users to what’s available for viewing—which is still stellar in most cases.
Bottom line: Outstanding features,...

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