Critical Literacy Challenge, Library Helpers, Research Lessons, Technology

Common Sense: Digital Tools for School Libraries and Media Centers


Librarians and media specialists often don’t get enough credit for creating safe spaces that inspire students and make them feel part of a community. Libraries have always been places of innovation, and those of you at their helm have been some of the first to embrace technology. We’ve created a list that can help you sift through all the tech options out there to stay at the forefront of your craft and to make your learning commons a central hub of information and culture in your school. Once you’ve checked out these apps, games, and websites, take a look at our Digital Citizenship curriculum for lessons that help students use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.


Research and Citation –

NowComment K-12: Discussion platform for teaching, peer review, and fostering active reading. More info is on the website.

Citelighter Grade 3- 12: all-in-one tool scaffolds the research and writing process

Digital Public Library of America Grades 5-12: Useful for primary resources.

ZoteroBib Grades 5-12: Auto Generator of Citations. Grades 6 – 12: Annotation and brower extension to the web for citation

Noodle Tools 6-12: Created by a librarian for librarians. Inclusive of all of the above on one pla

Weava Grades 7-12: Use with Chrome and Chromebooks for organizing web research.

Go to the CommonSense website for Apps that work with STEM assistance in Coding and Robotics, Makerspaces, and 3D digital design and assistance with Reading and Writing, Download the entire list here.