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Digital Media Recommendations

Digital media can be simultaneously entertaining, engaging, and educational. Choosing smart and healthy ways to consume digital content can be difficult. PGCMLS’s Digital Media Recommendations provides a set of vetted resources to help you make those choices.

Mobile Apps

Animal Sounds

Animal Sounds is an educational game which help kids to learn more than 100 animal names and noises.

Enjoy realistic sounds and high resolution photos that will make you feel close to wild animals.

Endless Numbers

Endless Numbers teaches number recognition, sequences, quantity, numerical patterns, and simple addition with engaging cartoons. Each number features interactive sequences and equation puzzles with numbers that come alive, and a short animation that provides context and meaning to each number.

First Words for Toddlers Lite

First Words for Toddlers Lite includes 15 words with Animals, Vehicles, Shapes and Colors, Household items and Numbers. The unique interface and hint alternatives till challenge your child and help you fine tune the level of difficulty.

Fish School

A playful underwater experience with 8 educational activities, this award-winning app teaches letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more. Watch colorful fish create letters; Recognize numbers and learn to count from 1 to 20; Follow the fish as they form shapes; Touch, tap and drag to make fish and other colorful sea life do funny things; Listen to classical variations of the ABC Song.

Sago Mini Friends

Go on a playdate with your favorite Sago Mini friends! Take a walk to a friend’s house and let the fun begin. Help Robin the bird fix a birdhouse, play dress-up with Jinja the cat or enjoy a snack with Harvey the dog. With five friends and more than ten activities, there’s a lot to explore.

Starfall ABCs

The activities at Starfall ABCs motivate through exploration, positive reinforcement, and play. Children will see, hear, and interact with letters and sounds in words, sentences, and games. They learn to recognize letters while developing the skills they need to become confident readers. All children, especially English language learners, benefit.

Toca Kitchen Monsters

Toca Kitchen Monsters is not a game - it's a toy where you and your kids get to explore cooking. What happens if you mix a carrot and then fry it? What do Monsters like to eat? Why do the Monsters spit some food out if it is over-seasoned? Toca Kitchen supports free play for all ages and is a great way to use your imagination.

Trucks by Duck Duck Moose

An award-winning educational, creative play app, Trucks has 5 engaging activities: carwash, tow truck, garbage and recycling, bulldozer and dump truck and a car and truck parade. Trucks teaches sequencing, sorting and problem solving.

PBS Kids Games

The PBS KIDS Games app has over 100 free learning games. Games feature characters from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Super Why, Arthur, Sesame Street, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Odd Squad, Dinosaur Train, Let’s Go Luna, Pinkalicious and more.

Word Wagon

Word Wagon is a fun, award-winning app teaching letters, phonics and spelling. Based on Common Core State Standards, Word Wagon teaches more than 100 words including, 44 Dolch sight words. There are 4 levels of learning were kids will learn letter names, sounds and spelling of 4 and 6 letter words.

Bedtime Math

Choose the Math Problem of the Day, or explore over 1,000 additional math problems in English or Spanish with various zany topics, ranging from electric eels and chocolate chips to roller coasters and flamingos.

ChatterPix Kids

Create ChatterPix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports.

CodeSpark Academy

CodeSpark Academy uses a "no words" interface to teach the basics of computer programming and essential coding skills through a variety of interactive learning activities including puzzles, games, step-by-step creative projects, game design and offline printables.

Cyberchase Shape Quest

From PBS KIDS and Cyberchase comes Shape Quest, a captivating app combining games, puzzles and 3D augmented reality! Shape Quest challenges kids ages 6-9 to use geometry and spatial reasoning to hone their problem-solving skills.

Daisy the Dino

This free, fun app has an easy drag & drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy and make her dance on their screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app's challenges.

K-5 Science for Kids

Spark your child's curiosity with Haley, Tappity's science expert. Developed by educators and storytellers, Tappity offers fun interactive lessons on more than 100 science topics.

Khan Acadamy Kids

Children can learn reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, problem-solving skills, and motor development. Open-ended activities and games like drawing, storytelling, and coloring encourage creativity and self-expression.


Help a tiny robot stumble home through 50 puzzling mechanical dioramas.


Come explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content with the NASA app.

Phonics Ninja

Phonics Ninja is an exciting educational game that helps kids rapidly learn letter sounds, blends, and digraphs by sight, sound, and touch.

Scratch Jr.

By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves with code. They also use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy.

Sight Words Lite

Join Tammy the frog on a journey through exciting activities as she hops from one screen to the next to learn and review commonly used English words from the list of 220 Dolch sight words. There are five levels of vocabulary for the child to learn and review.

Starfall Learn to Read

Hear, touch, read and eventually master sound-spelling through a variety of engaging activities, movies, and songs. Children will come to recognize the relationship between spoken and written language while having fun learning to read. This app is excellent for emerging readers and English language learners.

Sushi Monster

Strengthen reasoning strategies for whole number addition and multiplication by helping monsters make a target sum or product. Earn points with each correct answer… but watch out for distractions! To be successful, plan ahead and strategically select numbers from the sushi counter.

The Pack - NYCSCI

The Pack is a science and math-based game created by the New York Hall of Science. The game encourages problem-solving and computational thinking as well as enforces basic coding principles. Educational guidelines are available to download free from our website.

Codeacademy Go

Codecademy Go helps you review and practice what you learn on the web, anywhere, anytime. Learn to code the easy way.

Coolmath Games

With categories like Fun Physics, Path Planning, Quick Reaction, Drawing and Match 3, Coolmath Games lets you train your brain in all sorts of ways. Coolmath Games brings more than a hundred logic and learning games to your mobile devices.

Droplets: Drops for Kids

Droplets is an interactive learning platform for language learning.


Learn a new language with the world’s most-downloaded education app! Duolingo is the fun, free app for learning 35+ languages through quick, bite-sized lessons. Practice speaking, reading, listening, and writing to build your vocabulary and grammar skills.


GarageBand turns your iPad and iPhone into a collection of Touch Instruments so you can make music anywhere you go. Live Loops makes it easy for anyone to have fun creating music like a DJ. Use gestures to play keyboards, guitars and create beats that make you sound like a pro.

HopScotch Learn to Code

Let Droplets help your children take their first steps in learning new languages! All the words in the app are accompanied by colorful and easy-to-remember illustrations. Pronunciation is also given priority. Every word is voiced by a professional actor who is also a native speaker of the language.

Mango Languages

Download the Mango app to learn a new language on the go with hands-free features and offline accessibility. Prepare for business trips, family vacations, or study abroad with practical, conversation-based language lessons.

Math Planet

Mathematical terms are falling down! Destroy them before they reach the ground by typing in the correct solutions. But be aware, the terms keep getting harder and fall down faster and faster.


Come explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content with the NASA app.

Pocket Trains

Manage and grow multiple railroads by hauling important cargo around the world. Collect parts to construct all the different train types from Steamers to Diesels, and complete daily events to unlock special trains.

Tiny Tower

Tiny Tower lets you build a tiny tower and manage the businesses and bitizens that inhabit it. Build new types of floors and attract bitizens to live and work inside.


Walk Band is a music studio app - a toolkit of virtual musical instruments for music maker. Featuring many musical instruments, a multitrack mixer, and studio quality sound.