Helpful Sites and Apps

On this page, you can find information about recommended website and iPad apps that will enhance student learning. If you click on the icons, you will be directed you to the learning website or the Apple website with more details. Most are are free, but some have more features if you make in-app purchases. Several are also available on iPhones in addition to iPads. I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to send feedback and/or other suggestions.


Are you looking for a fun way to practice Common Core skills? ScootPad is an online learning platform. It is adaptive, which means it learns where your child needs the most help. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s easy. Check it out:

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ThinkerBots is a FREE independent online writing improvement service started by former JFS students who are now in middle school. It is their way of ‘giving back’ to the community and supporting fellow students. Visit ThinkerBots Writing Academy to have your kids submit drafts for writing improvement suggestions online. This is a community service project meant wholly to help kids with their writing skills. JFS Kids: “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow” grades 3rd-7th.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is a great website for parents to help navigate the world of technology, social media, video games, movies and many more computer/technology questions. They have valid recommendations/blogs and ratings of products. This is a site that might help parents in deciding which video game or movie is at the appropriate age level for your child. It also gives good parenting advice on how to handle situations regarding appropriateness in using social media on-line.

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Math Is Fun

One of the most difficult aspects of Common Core Math for parents, is the new vocabulary. Math is taught in a different way than we are used to, and it is difficult to know what our children are supposed to do with their homework. Math is Fun provides an illustrated dictionary of many math terms. Some of the terms are even animated. Check it out:

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Math is Fun

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We've also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

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Typing Agent

Typing Agent is customized typing practice available to students in 1st grade to 6th grade. Students login using their Google ID and password. Teachers can monitor progress and assign lessons.

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